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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: T5005 / Coord,Animal Research
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, coordinates and supports all operational facets of a laboratory animal research facility, ensuring optimum usage of facilities and equipment, in compliance with all federal and state regulations pertaining to the conduct of animal research. Carries out specified research/experimental protocol and procedures as appropriate, and trains, guides, and oversees the activities of students engaged in animal research.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans and oversees the daily operations of the facility, including frequent inspections, environmental control, equipment troubleshooting and repair and consultation on space and equipment usage.
  2. Oversees and coordinates the scheduling and efficient usage of research facilities and equipment; ensures that facility and equipment usage is in compliance with all relevant federal, state, local, and institutional regulations, policies, and guidelines.
  3. Plans and executes specified animal research experiments involving the application of a range of established research and animal husbandry protocols, methods, and techniques.
  4. Administers medications and treatments to animals; prepares animals for surgery; performs surgery and euthanasia.
  5. Collects tissue and blood samples for research analysis.
  6. Provides pre- and post-operative care and treatment of animals, to include the prescription and administration of analgesics, as appropriate.
  7. Establishes and maintains standard operating procedures for the conduct of experiments, and usage of facilities, equipment, chemicals, and supplies.
  8. Provides technical training and oversees the work of students engaged in the execution of animal research, surgical, and post-operative care procedures.
  9. Oversees and maintains all chemical inventories for the facility; trains facility personnel in the proper use and storage of chemicals and ensures adherance to all appropriate safety protocols and procedures associated with the use and disposal of chemicals and biohazardous materials.
  10. Assists in the annual budget planning process and regularly monitors expenditures.
  11. Maintains records of work performed.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to the care and research usage of laboratory animals.
  • Ability to set up, organize, and coordinate the day-to-day operations of an animal resource facility.
  • Knowledge of the proper installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of animal research equipment.
  • Ability to provide technical training to staff and/or students in area of expertise.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to set up, organize and coordinate the day-to-day operations of a biological laboratory research facility.
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry requirements, methods, and techniques.
  • Ability to develop and maintain housekeeping, safety, and infection control programs, procedures, and protocols.
  • Knowledge of laboratory and experimental protocols and procedures.
  • Knowledge of aseptic principles, procedures, and techniques.
  • Ability to administer medications and treatments to laboratory animals according to prescribed protocol.
  • Skill in developing policy and procedure documentation.
  • Ability to perform surgical procedures on animals according to research protocol.
  • Ability to extract, collect, and process animal tissue and blood samples.
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures and protocols for the handling and disposal of hazardous biochemical waste products.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must obtain certification as a Lab Animal Technologist (LATG) within 12 months of date of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017