Massachusetts Institute of Technology Animal Technician in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Job Number: 23381
Functional Area: Research - Other
Department: Division of Comparative Medicine
School Area: VP Research
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Non-Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No
Schedule: see description
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ANIMAL TECHNICIAN, Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) (multiple openings), to perform, under the supervision of the area supervisor or lead technician, any and all duties involved in the care of research animals at the Whitehead and/or MIT campus as assigned. Will maintain proper levels of food and water for animals in accordance with established standard operating procedures; clean and/or change animal cages/pens/trays; handle/move all animals, including larger animals, from one cage/pen to another; monitor environmental controls to ensure that temperature and humidity conditions in animal quarters are within specified limits and report discrepancies; operate cage wash equipment in order to wash cages, trays, water bottles, and related caging and equipment; use other cleaning equipment as assigned; perform additional housekeeping functions such as cleaning laboratory walls, floors, etc., in animal facilities; monitor animal wellbeing and health, record data on cage cards, post appropriate cage cards, and report illnesses to the veterinary staff, area supervisor, or lead technician; remove, identify, and store deceased animals; and perform related duties or caretaking functions as assigned.
REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; knowledge of and ability to work with animals and a commitment to their well-being; willingness to participate in classes, seminars, and training programs to enhance understanding of laboratory animal care and use; and ability to lift weights of up to 50 lbs. and to read, write, and speak in the English language. PREFERRED: at least one year of animal care experience. Job #23381
A work week that includes Saturdays and Sundays will be required.
All animal technicians are classified as “essential personnel” and are required to report to work regardless of emergency Institute closings. Newly hired, uncertified animal technicians will be paid 85% of the bottom rate in effect at the time of hire. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check. 11/27/23