Vivarium Supervisor
Job ID: R0040938 | Animal Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia is looking to hire a Vivarium Supervisor. Vivarium Supervisors are responsible for directing the activities of the animal care unit. They direct the daily operation of the Vivarium, both supervising animal care staff and working closely with veterinary staff. Vivarium Supervisors coordinate activities of animal husbandry. They manage compliance with procedures, protocols, University policies, and federal and state regulations. They provide training in proper lab techniques and perform checks to ensure quality and cleanliness of labs and animal rooms. Vivarium Supervisors report to Assistant Department Supervisors and typically work independently in alignment with research goals.

Duties include:
  • Overseeing Vivarium operations, reporting animal health and welfare concerns to veterinary staff and reporting any equipment failure or facilities problems to the appropriate staff members.
  • Supervising animal caregiver staff in accordance with University policies and federal guidelines. Assessing staff performance, productivity, and adherence to procedures and policies in consultation with Human Resources staff, Assistant Department Supervisor, and/or Director of Comparative Medicine.
  • Training animal caregivers and scientific staff in appropriate practices and standard operating procedures. Scheduling employees to ensure proper Vivarium coverage.
  • Overseeing rodent animal health surveillance programs and coordinating submission of samples with diagnostic labs.
  • Ensuring proper stock of animal care items, annual certification of HEPA-filtered equipment, and hazardous material signage throughout the lab.
  • Administering all University and government policies related to Vivarium operations. Reporting matters of research non-compliance to the Office of Animal Welfare.
  • Performing duties of Animal Caregivers, such as maintenance and oversight of animal health, performance of tests, animal husbandry, and animal biosafety as needed.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements
  • Education: GED/high school diploma required. Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Experience: Five years of related experience.
  • Licensure: LAT certification through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).
  • Vaccination: This position requires compliance with UVA Health Policy OCH-002.

Physical Demands
Job requires standing for prolonged periods and frequently traveling/bending/stooping. Proficient communicative, auditory, and visual skills. Attention to detail and ability to write legibly. Ability to lift/push/pull 20-50 lbs. May be exposed to chemicals, blood/body fluids, and infectious disease.

Before a formal offer of employment is extended, the selected candidate will undergo a health screening and a background check per university policy.

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