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University of Chicago Animal Technologist in Chicago, Illinois

Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

20107 Animal Resources Center

About the Unit
Job Family


Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job Level

Research & Survey Lab Services

Performs technical laboratory procedures to support clinical research, and assists in specialty research involving animals, MRI technologies, histology, among others. Works directly with clients and perspective clients to understand their data needs and to update them on progress with their studies, manages changes in work scope or work plan in response to field conditions and budget.

T2: Expands skills in own work area within an analytical/scientific method or operational process. Maintains appropriate licenses, training and/or certifications, as needed. Applies experience and skills to complete assigned work within our area of expertise. Works within standard operating procedures and/or scientific methods. Works with a moderate degree of supervision.

Role Impact

Individual Contributor


The job provides clinical research laboratories with technical support. Works within defined processes and procedures to assist in specialty research potentially involving animals, MRI technologies, and histology. Completes work with a moderate degree of supervision.

1) Assists with subject enrollment to ensure that informed consent is properly obtained and documented., 2) Assess eligibility of potential subjects through methods such as screening interviews, reviews of medical records, or discussions with physicians and nurses., 3) Prepare study-related documentation, such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, or progress reports., 4) Prepares quality and safety control measures for the laboratory, such as checks of equipment, temperature control, and documentation of quality improvement projects., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities 1) Manage the import/export of rodent non-commercial orders, coordinate with other institutions and veterinarians regarding health status, shipment and receipt of animals coming from external/non-approved sources. Manage all related paperwork and communications pertaining to import/exports, maintain colony case records for all incoming and outgoing shipments.

2) Coordinate and perform rodent clinical activities, maintain clinical case records, communicates with veterinarians and investigative staff, administer treatments when required, coordinate/manage outbreak response in conjunction with veterinarians, maintain information on available isolators for quarantine, maintain records of special breeding and technical services for quarantine.

3) Assist with the rodent quarantine and sentinel program, coordinate transfer of animals from quarantine to procedural facilities, collect diagnostic samples and performs necropsies. Assure completion of health observations and facility rounds as needed including some weekends and holidays.

4) Prepare reports for investigators concerning health information after quarantine and prepare breeding reports for investigators after quarantine process is complete

5) Train, advise and assist in instructing investigators and research staff in animal handling and technical procedures related primarily to research of principal investigators, hold meetings with new investigators to plan activities

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Strong organizational and communication skills.

2) Ability to interact and communicate effectively, oral and written, with faculty, investigators, administrators, staff and outside vendors.

3) Ability to initiate problem solving and to prioritize tasks.

4) Good judgment and decision-making skills.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor's Degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted AND 1-3 years of experience with biomedical research environment required OR Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology (prefer Certified Animal Health Technician in Illinois or other states) 2) AALAS certification at any level


1) Previous animal research related experience, including animal husbandry and medically oriented animal care experience.

2) The ability to lift up to 75 pounds maximum with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 20 pounds, to push or pull objects weighing up to 100 pounds maximum.

3) Occasional stooping, kneeling and reaching.

4) Requires 20% sitting and 80% standing and walking.

5) Excellent dexterity of hands and fingers.

Required Documents

1) Cover Letter

2) Resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Pay Grade

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Date


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Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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  • Posted 30+ Days Ago
  • Full time
  • JR06110