Job Description

Job Title: Lab Animal Research Assistant
Job ID: 722007
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: MWRIF Animal Facility
Location: 204 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Responsible for the care and maintenance of Hospital research animals, for the maintenance of research facilities, as an assistant to research investigators and as an assistant to the Supervisor, Animal Laboratory.

  • Assemble catheters and sterile surgical packs used in surgery and experiments.
  • Assist investigators and other research personnel with animal surgery and other experiments as requested.
  • Clean and disinfect animal care area and equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle and process specimens for testing, including preparation of specimens, operation of laboratory equipment, microscopic examination, etc. Demonstrated ability to accurately collect, store and interpret research data.
  • Dispose of animal waste, animal carcasses and bio-hazardous waste according to established procedures and universal precautions.
  • Prepare animals for surgical research, administers pre-anesthetics, intubate airway and administers general anesthesia, inserts indwelling catheters using sterile techniques, assist investigators in data collection during experimentation, perform necropsy and removes specific organs and tissues from research animals.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Responsible for the general care, feeding and cleaning of animals housed in the Hospital's Animal Research facility.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and/or certification as an Animal Health Technician is preferred. 
  • One year experience in an animal research facility or veterinary hospital or equivalent required. 
  • 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. 
  • 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:
LAT certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science or eligibility for certification preferred.

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

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

Salary Range: $15.13 to $23.82

Union Position: No

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