Animal Technician/ Technical Associate - LaJolla, CA | Biospace
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Animal Technician/ Technical Associate

Pfizer Inc.

LaJolla, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

About Pfizer

A career at Pfizer offers opportunity, ownership and impact. All over the world, Pfizer colleagues work together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Our colleagues have the opportunity to grow and develop a career that offers both individual and company success; be part of an ownership culture that values diversity and where all colleagues are energized and engaged; and the ability to impact the health and lives of millions of people. Pfizer, a global leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, is continuously seeking top talent who are inspired by our purpose to innovate to bring therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives.

Role Description

The Technical Associate's primary responsibility is to ensure the care and welfare of laboratory animals by providing basic husbandry, handling, restraint and health surveillance in compliance with local regulatory requirements. This individual will also provide daily record keeping of common laboratory species, their environments, and provide basic technical assistance (i.e., restraint, injections, bleeds) to other technicians and researchers. Other more specialized functions, depending on interest and aptitude may be assigned based upon skill set and experience.


The Technical Associate's primary responsibilities include the routine care and husbandry for laboratory animals. Daily tasks include the provision of food and water, cage changing and observing animal health status, food and water consumption, appearance and behavior. Other assigned duties include performing sanitation duties within assigned animal rooms and housekeeping of facility support areas. Cagewash equipment operations and maintenance. Strong communication, teamwork and collaborative skills are essential for the role. In addition, basic computer skills including using email, online forms, web-based training are essential. The Technical Associate will also provide support providing basic technical services (restraint, dose administration, blood collection) to research investigators.



* High school degree or GED required; Associates or BS/BA in related field preferred AALAS certification at the ALAT level preferred.
* At least 1 years experience working in a laboratory animal setting required, experience within a pharmaceutical setting preferred.
* Ability to demonstrate level of technical skills and abilities. PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
* Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work standing up lifting items above shoulder level for extended periods of time.
* Ability to perform repetitive physical activities such as: pushing and pulling racks of caging, lifting bags of feed and bedding, reaching, stooping and bending. A Functional Capacity Evaluation may be required. NON-STANDARD WORK SCHEDULE, TRAVEL OR ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS
* Weekend and holiday work are required for the job.
* Sunday to Thursday or Tuesday through Saturday schedule

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.