Animal Caretaker – Advanced Science Research Center – Central Office – New York, NY


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 City University of New York’s newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), boasts the success of the University’s rich past, and the determination to become a national leader in visionary scientific research in the future. With a focus in the fields of Nanotechnology, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Sciences, the ASRC operates as a nucleus of a University-wide science enterprise, fostering the development of an integrated research network that brings together faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows from CUNY’s colleges across the five boroughs. This state-of-the-art facility houses a staff of elite scientists and leaders who seek to break down the walls between disparate but increasingly inter-related disciplines of applied science. For more information on the ASRC, please visit

Reporting to the Animal Facilities Operations Manager, the Animal Caretaker in the Advance Science Research Center (ASRC) Vivarium will perform animal husbandry and sanitation as prescribed by the ASRC and federal and state laws and regulations. In addition, the Animal Caretaker may 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 Caretaker is responsible for maintaining the animal facility according to standard facility operating procedures and in general will routinely perform the following duties:

  • Reports any issues related to animal husbandry, facilities, or veterinary health issues to supervisor.
  • Monitors and observes animal behavior, maintaining accurate and detailed records regarding the identity, health and habits of various animal species.
  • Assists with animal husbandry to include the changing cages, feeding/watering animals using specialized techniques and equipment, and developing skills necessary to safely and humanely handle various animal species.
  • Assesses conditions of caging/equipment and makes recommendations for equipment repair or replacement.
  • Ensures preparation and proper sanitation of equipment.
  • Provides research assistance to the research staff and general technical assistance to other animal care staff, which may include the collection of biological samples for diagnostic testing and research purposes.
  • Maintains and records the distribution of specialized animal diets and log environments following prescribed SOPs.
  • Assists in the research of, and the record keeping for, breeding colonies.
  • 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.
  • Provides adequate quantities of clean feed and water to all animals on a daily basis.
  • Prepares cages and provides sufficient quantities of clean and bedded cages as well as other supplies and materials to animal holding rooms.
  • Demonstrates and develops knowledge and ability to independently operate any and all cage wash and sanitization equipment and troubleshoot problems related to the equipment.
  • Tracks and maintains adequate supplies and inventory to support daily activities throughout facilities. Provides Supervisor, Animal Research Facility with 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.
  • Weighs or restrains animals when required for various technical procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Work assignments may include weekends and holidays.


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


  • AALAS certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) preferred.
  • Prior experience in the caring and handling of animals desired.


Commensurate with experience.


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.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and résumé online via CUNY’s web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

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April 6, 2017


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