Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 02, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 226528-US
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Animal Care Technician-Lead position serves as a lead worker for Animal Care Technicians (ACTs) and student hires in the Colony Management Unit at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC), including its satellite facilities located at the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) and Blue Mounds Quarantine (BMQ) facilities. Work is performed under the general supervision of an Animal Care Manager (i.e. Colony Management Supervisor). The ACT-Lead assists the Animal Care Manager in scheduling ACTs in the assigned work area, directing, coordinating and assigning work, and managing husbandry records. This position provides laboratory animal husbandry support for assigned area(s) of responsibility, interacts with investigators, laboratory staff, and other staff in the WNPRC Animal Services Division, cross trains and fills in for other ACT personnel, and fills in for the Animal Care Manager during limited periods of absence.

The incumbent is expected to practice and enforce health and safety rules, and should have the knowledge necessary to maintain animal health by following formal standard operation procedures (SOPs), as well as written and verbal directives, and the use of personal protection equipment (PPE). To prevent transfer of infectious biological organisms and/or contamination with hazardous chemicals, the incumbent should have an understanding of disinfection practices, sanitation equipment, and the materials used for the disposal of bio-hazardous waste.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

No Degree Required

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

A minimum of three years of experience working in an animal laboratory environment, or accredited animal facility, such as a zoo, is required; at least one year of experience working with nonhuman primates is also required.

License or Certificate:

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT), Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT), or Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) level is preferred.

Additional Information:

-Must be able to lift 50 pounds on a frequent basis
-Must be physically able to lift, sit, stand, bend, reach, squat, twist and push to safely handle and care for the nonhuman primates
-Must be TB negative
-Successful candidate will be required to provide written documentation to University Health Services showing one of the following: 1) receipt of measles vaccination; 2) laboratory evidence of immunity to measles; or 3) laboratory confirmation of measles disease. Individuals without the aforementioned documentation will need to have a measles titer within the first week of employment. Depending on the results of the blood test, employee may need to be immunized
-Allergies to animals must be controlled by medication
-Must be comfortable working around or directly with infectious diseases
-Must possess a valid driver's license that meets standards of UW Risk Management in order to operate WNPRC vehicles
-Criminal background check is required

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) is one of seven federally supported National Primate Research Centers and the only one in the Midwest. WNPRC's mission is to increase the understanding of basic primate biology and to improve human health and quality of life through research. To accomplish this, the WNPRC helps discover treatments, preventions and cures for human disease; generates new knowledge of primate biology, from the molecular and whole animal levels to the understanding of primate ecosystems; facilitates research progress by providing expertise, resources and training to scientists worldwide; and collects primate information and disseminates to the research community and to the public. Based in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the WNPRC is committed to diversity both as an end in itself, but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities through research. To support this commitment, we encourage applications from candidates who hold these same values of diversity and inclusion.



Work Schedule:

Work hours are 7:00am to 3:30pm. Schedule includes a 5-day work week with weekend and holiday work required. Schedule will be Monday-Friday, Tuesday-Saturday or Sunday-Thursday, and the possibility exists that schedule will include both weekend days and will require mandatory overtime.

Incumbent may be assigned to work at the WNPRC's central location on campus or either of two satellite facilities in Blue Mounds or at the WIMR (Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, near UW Hospital). Work area assignment may change at any time during the course of employment with the WNPRC.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $18.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "" button to begin the application process. To apply, you will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume highlighting your qualification as they relate to this position. In addition, you will be asked to provide three professional references within the application.


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Official Title:


Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

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Applications Open: Sep 2 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Sep 16 2020 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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