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CUNY Animal Care Technician (Research Assistant) – Advanced Science Research Center in New York, New York

Job Title: Animal Care Technician (Research Assistant) – Advanced Science Research Center

Job ID: 22773

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Supports research projects and activities in connection with CUNY programs

  • May assist faculty research groups by configuring and testing equipment, collecting and organizing data, and preparing documentation.

  • Performs direct research tasks under supervision.

  • May develop or utilize computer-based systems to collect and analyze data.

  • May assist in preparing reports of research findings.


Research Assistant




The Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY ASRC) elevates scientific research and education at CUNY and beyond through initiatives in five distinctive, but increasingly interconnected disciplines: environmental sciences, nanoscience, neuroscience, photonics, and structural biology. The CUNY ASRC promotes a collaborative, interdisciplinary research culture with renowned researchers from each of the initiatives working side-by-side with undergraduate and graduate students in the ASRC’s labs and core facilities, sharing equipment that is among the most advanced available. The CUNY ASRC also invites and collaborates with researchers from all CUNY campuses to take advantage of its facilities and resources to advance interdisciplinary scientific research across the University. Importantly, the CUNY ASRC also engages in K-16+ STEM education, including pipeline programs, workforce development, and outreach to the public to promote science literacy, engagement, and empowerment and advance science-based policy and STEM education in partnership with local public schools, community groups, and CUNY community and senior colleges. To learn more about the CUNY ASRC, visit

Reporting to the Animal Facilities Operations Manager, the Animal Care Technician in the Comparative Medicine Unit of the ASRC will perform routine animal husbandry and care as well as cleaning and sanitation, as prescribed by the ASRC and federal and state laws and regulations. In addition, the Animal Care Technician will provide assistance with research-related activities (e.g. data collection and various experimental procedures such as the administration of injections, specimen collection, and animal observation as prescribed by research protocols). The Animal Care Technician is responsible for maintaining the animal facility and maintaining records of animal care and health and facility activities, according to standard operating procedures and regulatory requirements.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Monitors and observes animal behavior, maintaining accurate and detailed records regarding the identity, health and habits of various research animal species;

  • Assists with animal husbandry including changing cages, feeding/watering animals using specialized techniques and equipment, and developing skills necessary to safely and humanely handle various animal species;

  • Provides adequate quantities of clean feed and water to all animals on a daily basis;

  • Maintains and records the distribution of specialized animal diets and logs environments following prescribed Standard Operating Procedures;

  • Prepares cages and provides sufficient quantities of clean and bedded cages as well as other supplies and materials to animal holding rooms;

  • Tracks and maintains adequate supplies and inventory to support daily activities throughout facilities; provides to the supervisor routine supply/equipment orders (i.e. feed and bedding, disposable supplies, equipment repairs and service);

  • Maintains animal rooms in clean and odorless condition and maintains room census;

  • Ensures preparation and proper sanitation of equipment;

  • Independently operates any and all cage wash and sanitizing equipment and troubleshoots problems related to the equipment;

  • Assists in the research of, and the record keeping for, breeding colonies;

  • Weighs or restrains animals when required for various technical procedures;

  • Provides research assistance to the research staff and provodes general technical assistance to other animal care staff, which may include the collection of biological samples for diagnostic testing and research purposes;

  • Reports any issues related to animal husbandry, facilities, or veterinary health issues to supervisor;

  • Assesses conditions of caging/equipment and makes recommendations for equipment repair or replacement;

  • Follows all animal health and safety protocols;

  • Participates in on-the-job training required to develop new skills, learn new techniques and implement new policies; and

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience relevant to the research being performed.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • AALAS certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT).

  • Prior experience in the caring and handling of animals.

  • Ability to learn how to use equipment.

  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on November 4, 2021.


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