Oregon Health & Science University

Laboratory Animal Technician 1

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Comparative Medicine
Salary Range
Minimum hourly pay $17.09
Monday - Friday
7:00am - 3:30pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Department of Comparative Medicine provides for the health and welfare needs, care, and housing of research animals throughout the OHSU central and waterfront campuses, and supports research innovations of OHSU Investigators.

Function/Duties of Position

**New hires are eligible for up to a $1,500 hiring bonus**


The Laboratory Animal Technician 1 provides for the basic health and husbandry needs of a large variety of laboratory research animals. The Lab Animal Technician works as a member of a highly interdependent team using a professional approach in providing direct animal care. The technician is most often the first line of defense in spotting health and environmental problems. This is the first level of a three level series. It is distinguished from the Laboratory Animal Technician 2 & 3 by requiring close supervision, intensified training and a lower level of independent decision making skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience: Must have at least 6 months of direct work related experience with animals, OR Certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT), OR 2 years of indirect laboratory animal experience.
  • Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies): Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instructions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Skill in making careful visual observations. Skill in communicating verbally and in writing.Skill in performing basic arithmetical calculations. Skill in handling, restraint, identification and sexing common varieties of laboratory animals. Skill in keeping accurate records. Skill in driving motor vehicles.
  • Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses: Possess and maintain a valid Oregon or Washington driver’s license.
  • Compliance: Code of conduct, Respect in the workplace, Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole.
  • Working Conditions: Work is located within a functioning vivarium. May be required to handle animals that have the potential to bite, scratch or harbor zoonotic diseases. Occupational exposure to allergens, chemicals, biological pathogens and radioactive material. This position would require travel between and Central and Waterfront Campuses potentially involving travel via the Tram.
  • Physical Demands and Equipment Usage: Sufficient physical strength, agility and mobility to move cages of varying sizes, shapes and weights through corridors and elevators. Sufficient physical strength, agility and mobility to move objects of up to 10 lbs. repeatedly while bending, twisting and lifting. Sufficient physical strength to lift objects of 50 lbs. Ability to operate some equipment, such as cage washers and autoclaves. Ability to stand for long periods of time. Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

Education: High School diploma or GED

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and resume or CV.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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