The position is expected to practice approved veterinary technical skills autonomously with or without constant/direct supervision on behalf of the attending veterinarian to ensure the health and wellbeing of research animals in accordance with all federal, state and institutional laws, regulations, policies and guidelines and based on departmental programmatic needs. The incumbent is expected to work actively with USDA covered species, including non-human primates (NHP). The position is also expected to assume a leading role in providing highly skilled technical support to research programs, and in training of animal users and less-experienced animal care technicians at the Institute.
Graduation from AVMA or State of California approved animal health technician program.
RVT (or CVT/LVT) and LATG certification or ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire into position.
VTS-Laboratory animal medicine specialty certification.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Successful completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
Able to work a flexible schedule based on workload and deadlines.
Must be able to work assigned schedule of 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with any of these shifts; Monday â“ Friday/ Sunday-Thursday/ Tuesday-Saturday or Wednesday-Sunday.
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.
Emergency on-call duties may be required.
Willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
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 12 months / once a year)
Hepatitis B (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
This position requires constant grasping, handling, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, touching, feeling and walking. Calculating, communicating, reading, writing, exposure to animals, fumes, odors, mists, dusts, potential allergens and working inside.
Salk scientists are dedicated to innovative biological research. The Salk Institute consistently ranks among the leading research institutions in the world for its faculty's contributions and the impact of their findings. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. "We lead biological research. We prize discovery. Salk is where cures begin."Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the Salk Institute offers a warm, collegial and collaborative work environment, where employees enjoy a generous benefits program. Social activities on campus encourage interaction as a community.