Animal Lab Tech III -Comparative Medicine

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
Job Type: FullTime

Job Description

The Animal Laboratory Technician III (ALTIII) is a leading position requiring deep understanding and proficiency in routine and non-routine tasks conducted in the vivarium, the rules and regulations that govern the care and use of research animals as well as Cedar Sinai's specific policies and procedures. This knowledge allows the incumbent to assist the Supervisor in leading the husbandry team by performing quality checks, assessing labor and workloads as well as serving as backup in the event of staff shortages. The ALTIII creates, reviews, and revises processes and procedures including but not limited to standard operating procedures (SOPs), forms, policies, and checklists to develop, implement and/or maintain the training program for comparative medicine technicians and laboratory personnel. In addition, this role is responsible for performing specialized duties related to the husbandry of all species housed in the Department including managing vendor deliveries of animals/equipment/supplies and irradiation confirmation of all incoming diets

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs routine quality checks in their assigned areas, including, but not limited to animal care, room maintenance, monitoring of room environmental conditions, general area cleanliness of the vivarium, and proper documentation of the assigned tasks.
  • Reports deviation through the right channels and follows up on preventive and corrective actions.
  • Receives and assigns or processes service requests submitted by research staff to provide special diets and medicated water to animals in the vivarium. This includes product verification, ordering, receiving and proper on site management of the diets.
  • Reviews animal delivery reports one business day prior to scheduled receipt to ensure accuracy of PI rodent housing location as well as sufficient housing space and communicates any issues to the Animal Care Coordinator or Husbandry Supervisor. May serve as a back up for Animal Care Coordinator.
  • Supports the Supervisor overseeing census scanning, census reconciliation, animal space allocation, generating the husbandry schedule, and review of electronic and physical records daily (e.g., RMS2).
  • Maintains inventory of feed, bedding supplies and equipment and submits purchase orders in the current system for approval. Supplies include, but are not limited to, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies and other items needed in the vivaria.
  • Oversees or conducst vivarium support tasks including but not limited to annual Individual Ventilated Cage (IVC) rack sanitization, decontamination of animal holding areas, and animal imports and exports.
  • Participates in creating, editing, and reviewing documents including but not limited to SOPs, forms, training checklists, and working instructions as requested by Supervisor.
  • Actively participates in the creation, delivery, and maintenance of Comparative Medicine training program for technicians, and the vivarium training for research staff.
  • Responsible for independently identifying additional tasks (other than those assigned) and/or opportunities for improvement, following lean management practices.
  • May collaborate with research staff and PI to address concerns and determine solutions for challenges.



High School Diploma/GED Required Minimum

Bachelor’s or relevant college degree in laboratory animal sciences, preferred

Work Experience:

5 Years Experience in Laboratory Animal Science or Husbandry roles required.


Assistant Laboratory Animal Tech (ALAT) - within 1 year of hire, required.

Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) - within 90 days of hire, preferred

Req ID : 1743
Working Title : Animal Lab Tech III -Comparative Medicine
Department : Comparative Medicine
Business Entity : Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Job Category : Academic / Research
Job Specialty : Animal Care
Overtime Status : NONEXEMPT
Primary Shift : Day
Shift Duration : 8 hour
Base Pay : $23.39 - $39.76

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