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Vivarium Coordinator

Date: Jul 12, 2021

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

Company: University of Cincinnati

Current UC employees must apply internally via SuccessFactors > http://bit.ly/UCEMPL


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

The Office of Research Laboratory Animal Medical Services department is seeking a Vivarium Coordinator. This position will require someone who can multi-task, who is customer service driven, dependable, a team player and has excellent written and communication skills.


Coordinate and oversee assigned areas of the animal facilities at the University of Cincinnati.


A resume and cover letter are required as part of the application process. Attach these documents before submitting your application.


Unusual Working Conditions
Subject to animal bites and diseases; exposure to animal waste, urine, feces, blood, dander (allergens), and odors; exposure to dust, hot water and steam.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate work activities of subordinates; review room logs; oversee bar coding activities for census management; develop and maintain effective teamwork with staff, management, researchers, and other departmental units; report animal and personnel issues and concerns to the appropriate level.
  • Assist with oversight of the health and welfare of all species; assist with the inspections of animal rooms for sanitation, proper operation of mechanical equipment and condition of cages; ensure compliance with federal, state, university and unit guidelines/policies; assist with oversight of service requests submitted by research personnel; ensure appropriate billing of services and supplies.
  • Submit orders for feed, bedding, and other supplies as needed; prepare and/or maintain various reports and files.
  • Assist with Capital Asset tracking; assist in departmental planning of goals and objectives and development of policies and procedures for animal use, including SOP’s and Quality Assurance Standards; liaise with unit, department, university and external contractors regarding maintenance and repair of facilities and equipment.
  • Coordinate transfer of animals, caging, and equipment between facilities; coordinate preventive maintenance on equipment per LAMS and manufacturer specifications.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Associate’s Degree
  • Three (3) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

One (1) year experience in animal science or related field.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations and guidelines pertaining to laboratory animals
  • Experience in managing assets (equipment, service, maintenance) and supplies; skilled in accurate record keeping and inventory control


  • An attractive compensation package, including base salary and excellent benefits (e.g., retirement, medical/dental, tuition remission);
  • An outstanding professional opportunity to work with highly talented and committed colleagues and contribute to the growth of a world-class organization and fulfillment of the overall mission of the institution;
  • Growth potential within the university.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

Walking - Often
Sitting - Seldom
Standing - Seldom


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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