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Large Animal Research Center (LARC) Facility Supervisor

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Job no: 510652
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants, Animal Sciences / Livestock
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

The Comparative Medicine Group (CMG) is hiring for a Large Animal Research Center (LARC) Facility Supervisor. The CMG mission is to provide animal husbandry and veterinary services for animals used in KSU’s research, teaching, and testing programs in accordance with (IAW) applicable laws, regulations, standards, guidelines, and university policy governing the care and use of laboratory animals at academic/research institutions.  The duties of this position include performing routine daily animal husbandry for a wide variety of animal species (e.g.¸feeding, watering, cleaning stalls/pens/cages, waste disposal, sanitation/decontamination of facilities/equipment, etc.), animal handling/restraint/transport, general facility housekeeping/maintenance tasks, animal health monitoring/reporting, administering prescribed veterinary treatments (e.g., oral, topical, and/or injectable medications/drugs), assisting with anesthesia/surgical/necropsy procedures as required, and assisting with the research studies as required.

This role is primarily allocated/assigned to the CMG’s Large Animal Research Center (LARC), but incumbents may be temporarily detailed to perform similar tasks in other CMG supported animal facilities on the KSU Manhattan Campus as required (e.g.,  Coles Animal Facility,  Mosier Animal Facility, Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI), etc.).

Position requires variable on-call, evening/night, weekend, and/or holiday swing shifts as required to provide 7 days/week, 365 days/year animal care coverage.

Why Join Us:

The mission of the Comparative Medicine Group is to facilitate animal use in research and teaching, at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University by providing high quality animal care in accordance with both federal and state regulations and AAALAC guidelines.

The KSU Comparative Medicine Group (CMG) is a centralized campus-wide core research fee-for-service support unit under the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) for the procurement, care, and use of laboratory animal animals for research, testing, and/or teaching purposes at KSU’s main campus.  The CMG works closely with VPR’s University Research Compliance Office (URCO), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) to insure that all animal use at KSU complies with all applicable public laws/regulations, National Institutes of Health/Public Health Service (NIH/PHS) Policies, and National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council/Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (NAS/NRC/ILAR) guidelines for the humane and ethical use of live vertebrate animals.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:  https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications: This position requires an associate’s degree and four years of relevant livestock animal husbandry experience (e.g., pigs, sheep, goat, cattle, horses, alpacas, etc.). This position may use an educational equivalency as determined relevant by a hiring manager.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in animal science or related biological science
  • American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification
  • ≥5 years of relevant animal husbandry experience with large animals (agricultural livestock), small animals (dogs/cats) and/or laboratory animals (rodents) in an animal research facility
  • Experience working in an AAALAC accredited animal research institution/facility
  • Experience working in ABSL-1 & ABSL-2 animal research facilities.
  • Experience working on infectious disease research projects involving livestock and/or laboratory animals
  • Experience in maintaining detailed records. Working knowledge of Windows-based computer software (e.g.¸ MS Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Must be able routinely lift/handle at least 50 lbs. (e.g., feed bags, bedding bags, caging, animals, etc.)
  • Work involves frequent bending, reaching, and squatting and standing/walking the majority of the day/work shift
  • Must be able to pass an initial occupational health physical screening exam and a medical evaluation/clearance to wear required respiratory PPE.
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces and wear required PPE
  • Position requires the employee to be American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certified at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level or above; if not LAT certified at the time of hire the employee must become LAT certified within 6 months of being hired
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must pass a KSU pre-employment background check
  • A National Select Agent security risk assessment and/or U.S. Government security clearance is also required for the employee to work at the BRI

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references with contact information

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by June 1, 2021.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$36,965 - $48,910 annually

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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