Animal Technician - Tenders Global

Animal Technician

University of California, San Francisco

Hooper Foundation

Full Time


Job Summary

The Animal Technician (AT) is responsible for providing support to users of the Gnotobiotic Core mouse facility, including basic facility maintenance and husbandry within gnotobiotic isolators, such as monitoring food, water, and bedding conditions, monitoring stocks of consumables and reordering in a timely manner, temperature/humidity checks, and maintaining detailed records of tasks performed, in addition to other duties as assigned.  The AT must be comfortable performing mouse health checks and interacting with UCSF veterinary and facilities staff as necessary.

The successful candidate will also have the ability to perform advanced experimental techniques as needed to help to Core users as they plan and execute experiments (for example, the AT may administer experimental agents via oral, i.p., or subcutaneous routes, and follow up with experimental disease scoring and tracking, dissection and processing of tissues, or other techniques deemed experimentally necessary on behalf of Core users). Laboratory techniques will be employed to monitor sterility of our germ-free mouse colonies, including microbial culture and gram staining, with the possibility of learning/performing other molecular techniques, such as DNA extraction and genotyping.

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Department Description

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is a basic science department within the School of Medicine that performs scientific research, training and teaching at Mission Bay and Parnassus Heights. It is also the home department for the multidisciplinary UCSF Immunology Program and Microbial Pathogenesis Program. The fields of Microbiology and Immunology encompass many aspects of human health and a goal of our research is to further the basic understanding of microbes and the immune system, as well as translate this knowledge into improvement of human health. Research in the department focuses on areas related to infectious diseases, immunology, and cancer. Our department also provides advanced research training to Postdoctoral Fellows. Graduate students working towards their Ph.D. degree are enrolled in the Herbert W. Boyer Program in Biological Sciences (PIBS) or the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Programs, depending on their research emphasis.

Required Qualifications

•    Graduation from high school/GED, completion of training equivalent to the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), and 1 year of animal care experience; or high school graduation and 2 years of animal care experience with rodents; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position
•    Practical knowledge of lab safety and the ability to follow protocols closely
•    Animal handling experience in a research or veterinary setting (rodents preferred)
•    Basic computer skills and excellent communication skills
•    Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
•    Detail oriented and capable of working independently
•    Evidence of precise communication skills and record keeping
•    Flexibility to work occasional variable hours, weekends as deemed experimentally necessary
•    Desire to learn new skill sets and contribute to the problem-solving nature of our facility
•    Willingness to learn new skills as needed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree)
  • Mouse skills including: handling, restraint, oral gavage, intraperitoneal injection, breeding (plug and pregnancy checks, determining age and sex of litters)
  • Lab skills including the ability to prepare, perform, and interpret the following assays: aerobic and anaerobic cultures, DNA extraction, qPCR, standard PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, genotyping, gram stain
  • Prior work in an AAALAC accredited animal facility
  • Prior work in gnotobiotics, including the ability to prepare supply cylinders and introduce supplies into isolators with sterile technique

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Job Code and Payroll Title

009525 ANML TCHN

Job Category

Research and Scientific

Bargaining Unit

University Professional Technical Employees – Technical Unit (UPTE-TX)


Parnassus Heights (SF)

Additional Shift Details

Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm

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