Colony Management Technician

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jun 18, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description


Job #: H004

Posted Date: May 20, 2020

Closes On: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Colony Management Technician

Status: Regular Full Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Laboratory/Department: Animal Resources

The ARD is dedicated to providing the highest quality of veterinary medical care, husbandry, enrichment and professional technical support to enable the scientists and their research.

Position Description:

The position provides skilled animal care to the colony management area of the Animal Resources Department in support of research activities. The incumbent is expected to assist researchers with rodent breeding, checking plugs and determining pregnancy, separating mice, consolidating and culling colonies, performing weaning and record keeping. This position also includes performing animal identification and collecting biological specimens for genotyping.



  • High school diploma or equivalent, or Associate's degree in a related field with requisite experience for respective education level.
  • AALAS certification as a Lab Animal Technician (LAT).


  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in a related field.



  • With a high school diploma, minimum 2 years of experience in a laboratory animal facility or research facility with rodents.


  • Prior tissue sampling experience.
  • Prior colony management experience.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to work assigned schedules: Monday – Friday, Sunday - Thursday or Tuesday – Saturday. Management reserves the right to change or modify assigned schedules based on operational needs.
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed before or after regular shift or on weekends.
  • Post offer physical required which may include respirator fit test.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.


As a safeguard for employees and animals, all ARD employees may be subject to vaccines/tests/physical exams prior to working with specific animals or animal populations as required by research needs including but not limited to:

  • TB Testing/Clearance (every six months / twice a year)
  • Hepatitis B (proof of immunization and/or vaccination) Rabies (proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
  • Tetanus (vaccination < 10 years)
  • Diphtheria (proof of immunization and/or vaccination) Measles (proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
  • Periodic physical exams (may include respirator fit test)
  • Other vaccines/tests as required by Occupational Health & Safety standards

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant seeing, adjusting focus, hearing, lifting 0-20 pounds, communicating and working inside.


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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled