Animal Care Technician

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 18, 2021
Dec 05, 2021
Full Time
Animal Care Technician

The George Mason University Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR) in the College of Science invites highly qualified candidates to apply for our Animal Care Technician position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR):

CIDR faculty are leaders in the areas of infectious disease, biodefense, and the life sciences. They focus on understanding the pathogenesis of infectious agents, as well as that of newly emerging or re-emerging disease-causing pathogens. The work is supported by students and scientific staff in laboratories housed on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas, VA. CIDR oversees and operates the Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL) which contains BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories for the development of techniques and productions for detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases that result from biological terrorism or arise naturally.


The primary duties of the position are to provide husbandry and care of laboratory animals with a commitment to animal welfare and well-being as well as provide technical research experience to the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR). The applicant will assist scientists in the laboratory on BSL2, ABSL2, and ABSL3 animal research experiments. They will be responsible for overseeing the daily husbandry duties at the BRL and caring for all the animals housed in the ABSL2 and ABSL3 labs at the center. These duties include but are not limited to; providing clean sanitized caging material, fresh food and water, and environmental enrichment on a scheduled and as-needed basis. The Animal Care Technician maintains the animal facility according to standard facility operating procedures and communicates any repairs that are needed. This position maintains accurate records of animals, supplies, and equipment; restocking supplies as needed. The ability to perform all duties while strictly adhering to established SOPs and in compliance with local, state, federal, and institutional guidelines and regulations is a requirement.

This is an essential position so the employee is expected to report to work under conditions that other employees are not required to report to work, such as inclement weather and GMU suspended operations. Weekend and Holiday work may be required, as well as extra hours during emergency situations and for study-related activity. The candidate must be enrolled in the Select Agent Program and complete mentorship and be able to operate independently within one year of start.

Required Qualifications:

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline, or equivalent life/work experience in an animal research setting;
  • Previous experience working with small animals including Mice, Rats, Hamsters, and Ferrets;
  • Ability to operate standard laboratory animal equipment including scales, autoclaves, pressure washers, cage washers, steam cleaners, etc.;
  • Proven ability to problem solve, meet required deadlines, maintain organization records, and provide excellent customer service;
  • Comprehensive experience with a variety of computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and the internet;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting;
  • Ability to complete work in a timely manner with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to safely and independently move up to 40 pounds;
  • Willingness to be trained in novel biochemical techniques, as well as a variety of in vivo procedures, is essential; and
  • Must be able to work on weekends and over holidays to provide care for the animals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with larger animal species such as non-human primates; and
  • Training in BSL2 and BSL3 laboratory environment.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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