Oregon Health & Science University

Husbandry Supervisor

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Comparative Medicine
Monday - Friday
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

Provide supervisory oversight for 17-20 Animal Technician 1 & 2 positions and indirect supervision of approximately 1-4 Animal Technician 3 (leads) to assure optimal animal care and research program support for the OHSU Central and Waterfront (CWC) research community.  Programs supported by DCM utilize a large variety of laboratory research animals, including but not limited to, fish, amphibians, birds and a wide range of rodent and non-rodent mammalian species. This position oversees husbandry personnel and their research support activities in quarantine, isolation, conventional, ABSL-2 and barrier-maintained animal programs in 11 facilities located across the CWC campus. The supervisor provides support to departmental and research staff by interpreting DCM policies and guidelines, participating in the development and revision of standard operating procedures (SOP), assigning and documenting technical training for employees, reviewing departmental operations, and writing manpower summaries and workgroup status reports for senior department managerial and veterinary staff. This supervisor will be responsible for the assignment of the daily workload assigned to husbandry technicians. The supervisor will assist the DCM Husbandry Manager with hiring, performance appraisals, and general management of personnel issues.

Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or a combination of AALAS certification at the LATG level and 5 yrs. of progressive responsible experience in a similar setting.


  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a laboratory animal research setting.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies): 

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of animal health and husbandry practices in a laboratory environment, animal behavior, sanitation processes, aseptic techniques and environmental conditions that affect laboratory animals.
  • Ability to operate and communicate effectively while meeting multiple 
  • deadlines and completing projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks. 
  • Ability to write and effectively present materials, including presentations and status-reporting.
  • Ability to create simple to complex project plans, timelines and work staffing plans using Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel spreadsheets and e-mail communication software.

Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses: 

  • Valid driver's license.
  • Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the LATG level, or must be obtained within 2 years of hire date.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Minimum of 1 year of experience working in an ABSL-2 and/or animal quarantine setting.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies): 

  • Knowledge of union contracts.

Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses: 

  • Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) certification

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.


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