Colorado State University Research Associate Animal Technician - Open Pool in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Research Associate Animal Technician - Open Pool

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 201801000AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range 32500 - 51000

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Posting Date

Open Until Filled No

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

The mission of Laboratory Animal Resources is to use our expertise to provide the highest standard of care for laboratory animals in support of the Colorado State University research community. These positions fulfill a vital role in the administration of LAR to carry out this mission.

Position Summary

Research Associate positions are available throughout the year in Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) at Colorado State University for the position of Research Associate Animal Technician. CSU LAR manages over 48,000 ft. of AAALAC accredited research animal facilities on three campuses, including Main Campus, South Campus, and Foothills Campus. Research and teaching activities supported by LAR include infectious disease research, including ABSL3 work using select agents, cancer biology, hibernation, nutrition and metabolism studies, orthopedic research, therapeutics, toxicology and teaching activities to support a diverse program of learning. LAR exists to provide state of the art care and support for the animal models component of these studies. These positions are full-time, 12 month administrative professional positions that will be integral to facilitating research activities at CSU that utilize animal models. Duties may include: (1) daily animal care (2) monitoring health, census, environmental parameters, and biosecurity measures associated with research animal management, and problem solving when variations in these measurements are not within acceptable standards (3) coordinating & advising on equipment and disposable supply needs for maintenance of animal health and in accordance with SOP’s (4) coordinating, advising on medical and/or research procedures with LAR veterinarians and investigators (5) attending investigator staff meetings when appropriate to be apprised of ongoing studies (6) planning, initiating and supervising sample and data collections, breeding colonies and other technical procedures as required by individual research projects (7) training other LAR or investigator staff in research procedures (8) participating in preparation and QA monitoring of sterile materials required to insure animal biosecurity (9) other duties as required.

Animal husbandry work is physical, and entails standing, bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, and repetitive motions. Staff work in various environments including outdoors, close quarters, increased heat and humidity and dusty surroundings. Some of the research at CSU involves infectious diseases. We ensure biosecurity and the safety of our staff by requiring personal protective equipment (such as respirators and Tyvek suits), tuberculosis testing, vaccinations and showering. CSU has a large variety of animal species, and applicants must be willing and able to work with all types of animals. Staff are expected to work safely, and adhere to all safety instructions and rules at all times.

Required Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with 1 year of relevant, vertebrate animal experience, OR an Associate degree with 2 or more years of relevant, vertebrate animal experience.

Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

•Experience working with a variety of animal species. •Experience working in a research setting, biomedical research preferred. •AALAS certification (ALAT, LAT or LATg). •Experience or training related to ABSL2 and ABSL3 biocontainment. •Experience performing animal welfare assessment and monitoring environmental conditions. •Experience performing animal husbandry (providing food, water, enrichment, cleaning, sanitation, etc.). •Experience following SOPs, protocols or other procedural guidelines. •Experience with generating and maintain records such as medical, inventory, maintenance logs, etc. •A degree in a related field such as animal sciences, veterinary technology, zoology, etc.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Animal Welfare Assessments

Duty/Responsibility

Perform daily animal welfare checks to assess animal behavior and well-being. Identify and report any abnormalities to the veterinary staff or investigator staff. Assist in treatments as directed by the veterinary staff. Perform routine procedures such as weighing animals, nail/hoof trims, etc. as outlined in the LAR SOP’s as appropriate for the given species and research application. Euthanize or assist in euthanizing animals as directed.

Percentage Of Time 35

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Animal Husbandry

Duty/Responsibility

Perform routine husbandry including providing appropriate feed and water and housing conditions. These duties are performed as outlined in the LAR SOPs as appropriate for the given species and research/teaching application. Prepare room/barn for incoming animals. Prepare and stock animal rooms with feed, water and other supplies as directed, and in particular for weekend coverage. Assure the appropriate cage cards are in place to accurately track animal numbers. Count animals based upon protocol, project, cage card, or other parameters for regulatory and billing purposes. These duties may be performed in an Animal Biosafety Level 3 containment area. Follow biosecurity practices to minimize cross contamination.

Percentage Of Time 35

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Monitor Environment Parameters and Room Sanitation

Duty/Responsibility

Perform room/stall environment checks daily including recording temperature and humidity, overall room condition, and room/stall sanitation. Using the appropriate disinfectants and cleaning agents, disinfect and sanitize in and around animal holding areas and prior to receipt of animals on a scheduled basis as outlined in the LAR SOPs as appropriate for the given species. Perform quality assurance standards to assess adequacy of disinfectants. Work with sterilized equipment taking precautions to avoid cross contamination.

Percentage Of Time 15

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Record Keeping

Duty/Responsibility

Maintain appropriate feed and inventory logs to track regular usage and to assure feed is used within the appropriate amount of time to ensure freshness. Complete records as needed for various assurances to animal welfare regulatory agencies the IACUC, Good Laboratory Practices. Maintain appropriate communications with investigators.

Percentage Of Time 5

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Support

Duty/Responsibility

Assist with common research procedures as requested such as substance administration, collection, genotyping, and post-operative care.

Percentage Of Time 5

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Communication and Training

Duty/Responsibility

Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings and continuing education. Communicate animal care issues to investigators, investigator staff, supervisors and coworkers.

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, upload a cover which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

This pool is valid through 04/08/19. Individuals wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Search Contact Stacie Magruder, stacie.magruder@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


  • This position requires working in varying environments including outdoors, close quarters, increased heat and humidity, and dusty surroundings. Are you willing and able to work under these conditions?

  • Yes

  • No


  • The normal schedule for this position is Monday - Friday. However, weekend and holiday shifts are required on a rotating basis. Are you willing and able to work this schedule when necessary?

  • Yes

  • No


  • This position requires physical work including standing all day, bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, and repetitive motions. Are you willing to work under these conditions?

  • Yes

  • No


  • We have animals on three different campuses and at times have to drive to multiple campuses in a single shift. Do you have reliable transportation so that you can meet this requirement?

  • Yes

  • No


  • To be in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and the Policy on Humane Care of Laboratory Animals, this position is considered "essential personnel" meaning that employees are expected to report to work even in the event of a snow closure. Are you willing and able to meet this requirement?

  • Yes

  • No


  • To meet the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories Guidelines, this position will require showering, sometime multiple times in one shift. Are you willing to meet this job requirement?

  • Yes

  • No


  • To meet the recommendations of the Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals, this position requires a Tuberculosis test once a year and vaccines are required as needed. Please affirm your knowledge that this is a condition of employment.

  • Yes, I affirm.


  • Some infectious disease research requires us to wear personal protective equipment including respirators (N-95 and PAPR), and hazmat (Tyvek) type suites. Are you willing to work with biohazards and wear this type of equipment while working?

  • Yes

  • No


  • We work with a large variety of animals including rodents, livestock, dogs, cats, bats, snakes, marmots, deer, and others. Are you willing and able to work with every animal species that you encounter?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

Optional Documents