The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.
ABOUT THE JOB: The Department of Animal Research Services (DARS) is a “self-supporting” unit within the Office of Research that purchases, provides space for, and maintains a variety of laboratory animals used in biomedical research and teaching.
The Assistant Animal Technician is to work under supervision in DARS space that houses animals and to provide adequate care including feeding, cleaning and delivery of animals/supplies following all regulations set forth by federal, state and university policies.
Work required weekends and holidays; work occasional overtime and variable hours/day. Flexibility to rotate as needed to all vivarium and other related job functions and to work under different supervisors. Required attendance at animal technician training classes at department’s discretion. No smoking, eating or drinking in animal areas.
Incumbent will be responsible for preventing accidents, safety training, and observing safety standards and general safety requirements. Must be familiar with and comply with specific and detailed safety procedures for work environment. Must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, protective clothing and gloves, fume hoods, glove boxes, etc.
Must participate in medical monitoring programs including film badges, cholinesterase tests, bioassay tests, etc., Must participate in preventive medical programs, which may include TB screening, tetanus boosters and blood testing, including immunizations, medical surveillance, and physical examinations, to meet federal, state and University requirements.
This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy. Position may at times require the individual to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present; specific hazards of the position are but not limited to zoonoses.
Position is contingent on meeting and maintaining the requirements of being certified “Trustworthy and Reliable” as outlined by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
• High School Diploma or equivalent. • Valid California driver's license. • Must be able to carry/lift up to 50lbs. • Ability to learn feeding, caging, and space requirements for all species of laboratory animals. • Ability to comprehend written orders and agency regulations. • Ability to learn federal and other licensing agencies’ regulations. • Ability to learn use of small hand tools.
Preferred Qualifications: • Prior animal handling experience. • Skill to distinguish between normal and sick animals, normal and abnormal behavior and unthrifty animals. • Skill to differentiate between cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing techniques and appropriately utilize learned methods. • Ability to perform injections and venipunctures.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.