Job Description

Job Title: Coord, Lab Animal Research
Job ID: 697989
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: MWRIF Animal Facility
Location: 204 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women's health research. 


The Coord, Lab Animal Research is responsible for coordinating the daily operations required for the care and maintenance of research animals and the maintenance of research facilities. Assists research investigators and management with related activities.


  • Assists as required or requested with animal research studies
  • Develops and conducts on-the-job training and orientation for Laboratory Animal Technicians
  • Ensure that all regulations are being followed in caring for and treating laboratory research animals
  • Ensure that the general care, feeding and cleaning of animals housed in the hospital's Animal Research facility is completed
  • Monitors the operational effectiveness of sectional equipment. Prepares and/or arranges for the repair of equipment, as necessary
  • Performs autopsies on research animals
  • Prepares animals for surgical research, administers pre-anesthetics, intubate airway and administers general anesthesia
  • Provides pre- and post-operative care, experimental lists, and recording of test data; performs and records all quality controls instituted to ensure test validity in accordance with universal precautions.
  • Recruits and evaluates Laboratory Animal Technicians
  • Responsible for overseeing the lab animal research technicians and cage washers
  • Supervises and oversees the Animal research facility.


  • High School diploma or equivalent and six (6) years of experience in an animal research facility or veterinary hospital OR
  • Associate's degree with four (4) years of experience in an animal research facility or veterinary hospital OR
  • Bachelor's degree with two (2) years of experience in an animal research facility or veterinary hospital.
  • Thorough knowledge of all pertinent government and regulatory agencies rules, regulations and guidelines for the care and use of animals in research.
  • Successful demonstration of the completion of the competencies required by the department/unit.
  • This individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patients requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the departments policy and procedures.
  • Ability to observe and evaluate animals to determine suitability and determine if they are physically well for scientific research.
  • Provide animal husbandry services and assists in surgery and the performance of experiments.
  • Demonstrated ability to administer IM/IV antibiotic therapy.
  • Competent ability to use diagnostic and surgical equipment.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Must be able to lift and restrain large and heavy animals for surgery and removal from facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize computer equipment and various types of data management software.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $17.11 to $28.43

Union Position: No

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