Graf Animal Technologist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024



About the Department

The Animal Resources Center (ARC) at The University of Chicago is responsible for the use and care of all research animals on campus. The ARC manages 6 facilities and a business office. Its sections are as follows: husbandry, maintenance, operations, veterinary care, finance and administration. The unit merged with the Office of Shared Research Facilities managing all of the BSD cores on campus.

Job Summary

Provides support for research involving animals. Handles and maintains the health of animals in the Gnotobiotics Research Animal Facility (GRAF). Observes, documents, and maintains records on animal behavior and welfare. Maintains equipment and supplies. May prepare reports on health and welfare. May direct the work of or train other animal technologists.


  • Performs animal health checks daily and cage change for experimental film isolators.

  • Prepares stock materials for autoclave processing and sterilization cylinders for isolator stocking.

  • Prepares weekly film isolator cultures.

  • Re-wraps filters on sterilization cylinders, process BT-Sure indicators.

  • Checks cultures daily, prepare Chlorine Dioxide, process autoclave cycles, assist with facility sanitation.

  • Assists with experimental supply preparation.

  • Assists research specialists with experimental interventions.

  • Prepare study-related documentation, such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, or progress reports.

  • Prepares quality and safety control measures for the laboratory, such as checks of equipment, temperature control, and documentation of quality improvement projects.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree OR Associate's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted.


  • Previous work experience in academic/biomedical research setting.

  • Previous work experience with animal research in an academic environment.

License and Certifications:

  • AALAS certification at any level.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of regulatory compliance.

  • Willingness to work successfully as a member of a team, ability to communicate effectively with faculty, graduate students and various administrative offices at all levels of the University, ability to prioritize.

  • Ability to work under pressure of scheduled assignments.

  • Availability for weekend and holiday schedules.

  • Computer knowledge and skills.

  • Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills.

  • Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal/communication skills.

  • Ability to work on more than one project at one time and meet deadlines.

Working Conditions

  • Requires a fair amount of walking between facilities, also entails standing and sitting at isolators and Biological Safety Cabinets in the facility.

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

  • Requires sitting while using a biological safety cabinet.

  • Requires sitting or standing for long periods of time while working in isolator housing environments.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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