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Lab Animal Technician

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: Baltimore City
Categories: Laboratory Support


The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology’s (IMET) Aquaculture Research Center (ARC)


The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) has an opening for a Laboratory Animal Technician at The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology’s (IMET) Aquaculture Research Center (ARC) located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  ARC is a 20,000 sq ft facility with a variety of tank systems housing finfish and invertebrates, focused on aquaculture and marine research.

The incumbent will provide technical support to the research and teaching functions of a laboratory animal facility while performing animal husbandry practices in an aquaculture environment.

Specific duties include:

This position interacts with Faculty researchers, technicians and students on animal conditions, system repairs and problems, experimental work to be performed while working with outside vendors to obtain quotes, select feeds and equipment.

Supervise the day to day operations of the Zebrafish facility and assign task as needed to Laboratory Animal Technician Assistant. Provides hands-on training to entry-level technicians, interns and volunteers. Assign, approves and reviews responsibilities assigned and oversee performance and discipline issues as needed. Ensure all systems are operational, animals are fed, supplies maintained, water system functioning properly and all facility protocols are followed.  Train and monitor all ARC Staff, interns and ARC users in proper feeding procedures. Maintain feeding records and monitor animal feeding behavior.

Work with TRACKS animal care software team to implement new software program. Train new Faculty and Staff on TRACKS software program. Interface with IT support of software to resolve and improve TRACK functions. Maintain all tank system records electronically and provide mechanism for accessing data in chart and report format.

Lead person in handling and treating all disease and animal conditions with ARC veterinarian. Accompany IACUC oversight team with biannual inspection of ARC facility.

This position will operate data monitoring controllers, work with pumps, ozone generators, oxygen cylinders, dewar, regulators and other equipment, tools and chemicals.

Use the ARC Work Order System to facilitate Faculty and Student research requests for assistance, system adjustments and new animal intakes.

Review, update and train staff on water quality protocols while ensuring collected water samples for analysis are completed according to protocols. Supervise and ensure daily harvest and distribution of artemia for zebrafish. Conduct, manage and train ARC staff on production of saltwater for use in animal holding systems.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
Requires a High School Diploma and one year of experience in a laboratory facility supporting a research project similar or related to Aquaculture/Animal Husbandry.
Note:  Additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

Skills and abilities:

General knowledge of husbandry practices as routinely required in a laboratory animal environment. Ability to operate standard laboratory animal equipment including scales, autoclaves, pressure washers, cage washers, steam cleaners, etc.; to lift bags of feed and bedding; to follow standard operating procedures; to move heavy stainless steel racks, clean cages, etc.; to wear and work in personal protective equipment; to operate computers and other standard office equipment; to provide guidance and training to others; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Preferred Qualifications: 
Prefer at least one year or more experience with RAS systems.
Experience with YSI and Royce monitoring systems a plus.
Strong ability to trouble-shoot and solve problems independently.
Experience handling, moving and weighing fish and aquatic invertebrates
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please upload a cover letter and resume along with names and contact information for three professional references
Closing Date: For best consideration, submit application by January 17, 2022 (applications will be accepted until position is filled).
Salary: Pay Range 8 (starting at $36,111) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program
Hours:  Full-time (40 hours per week, some weekend scheduling required).
Type: Contractual
Additional Information: This is a temporary position. Initial contract is for 12 months with the possibility of renewal.
FLSA Status: Nonexempt 
COVID-19 Vaccination The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMBC, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMBC, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required at the start of employment. Further information is available at: https://covid19.umbc.edu/vaccine/

UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities.  Contingent II positions may include some benefits

Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position. 

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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