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Research Support Technician, Animal Care Program

City of Hope
Duarte, CA
$20.60 - $24.72 / hour
Closing date
Feb 27, 2024

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Life Sciences
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Join the forefront of groundbreaking research at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope , where we're changing lives and making a real difference in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses. Our dedicated and compassionate faculty and staff are driven by a common mission: Contribute to innovative approaches in predicting, preventing, and curing diseases, shaping the future of medicine through cutting-edge research.

Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is equipped with one of the finest, state-of-the-art animal research facilities in the nation. Join us as a Research Support Technician, Animal Care.

Under the direction of the Animal Care Supervisor, the Research Support Technician, Animal Care is responsible for the husbandry care of laboratory animals, including monitoring and reporting animal health status, providing feed and water, changing cages, environmental monitoring, documenting animal room activities, and sanitizing assigned animal holding rooms and support areas.

As a successful candidate, you will:
  • Observe all animals in assigned work area and reports any sick, injured or distressed animals to an Animal Health Technician or the Clinical Veterinarian.
  • Change cages at scheduled intervals and whenever needed to support animal health and well being. Ensure animals have adequate food and water at all times.
  • Document daily animal husbandry activities in a computerized database system.
  • Monitor and documents animal holding room environment. Report non-compliant environmental parameters and/or malfunctioning equipment to the Animal Care Supervisor or Facilities Manager.
  • Maintain animal holding rooms and assigned support areas in a clean and orderly state.
  • Sanitize animal holding rooms and assigned support areas.
  • Perform weekly animal census accurately and reconciles discrepancies in a timely manner in accordance with DCM/ARC policies.
  • Perform rack changes and animal transfer station/biosafety cabinet maintenance as required.
  • Restrain animals for various technical procedures such as subcutaneous or intraperitoneal injections. May assist with diagnostic sample collection such as blood or feces collection.
  • Provide technical services to investigators including mixing and dispensing special diets, medicating drinking water, providing special housing requirements or assisting with specific restraint and handling procedures.
  • Humanely euthanize animals as requested or required.

Your qualifications should include:
  • High School or equivalent.

Preferred qualifications:
  • No animal care experience required; however prior animal care or veterinary technician experience preferred.
  • Strong interest in laboratory animal research.
  • AALAS ALAT certification.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete routine husbandry and sanitation assignments.

City of Hope is an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please click here .


City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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