Cage Wash Technician

Brown University

Job Description:

Performs routine duties associated with cage sanitation and preparation for reuse in a research setting including cage maintenance, monitoring equipment for proper functioning and maintaining sanitary conditions and daily records. Operates washers and ensures that cage washing and related equipment are in proper working order by cleaning, and preventive maintenance. Perform routine start-up and shut down procedures of all cage wash machines. Operates autoclave to sterilize or decontaminate caging equipment. Assist in receiving and storing materials, food and supplies. Transport caging supplies between animal rooms and cage wash rooms. Maintain sanitary conditions of cage washing rooms and other ancillary areas, such as hallways and storage areas. Take the necessary precautions, in keeping with OSHA standards and other applicable federal and state regulations, when working with hazardous chemicals, materials, animals and power equipment. Use personal protective equipment as required. Perform related responsibilities as required.


Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or GED preferred.
  • Preferred: Certification/Licensure: AALAS Certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level. Certification will be required within 1 year of employment.
  • Preferred: 1-2 year’s related experience working with cage wash and/or animals in a laboratory or clinical setting

Job Competencies

  • Demonstrate understanding of Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and recordkeeping skills.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Be willing to work and contribute effectively in a team setting.
  • Regularly move equipment and materials weighing up to 50 pounds and occasionally move equipment and materials weighing up to 300 pounds.
  • Ability to perform repetitive physical activities such as: pushing, pulling racks of caging, lifting and moving racks of water bottles, bags of feed and bedding, reaching, stooping and bending.
  • Must be able to perform procedures which require standing for long periods of time, entering data into a computer, using appropriate instruments, reaching with hands and arms, working in hot and humid areas, and wearing safety equipment (PPE) according to OSHA regulations and company standards.
  • This position is considered essential personnel and may require weekend days and holidays.
  • This position must also comply with the Animal Care and Use Occupational Health and Safety Program.

Education and Criminal Background check is required.

Benefits of Working at Brown:

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Cage Wash Technician


Center for Animal Resources and Education


Grade 5

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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