Utah State University

Research Technician III

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 days ago(5/26/2023 6:42 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
40 hours per week
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University is seeking applicants for a Research Technician III. This position will assist the management of personnel and operation of the small-animal laboratory animal core within the Institute for Antiviral Research (IAR). The successful candidate will help oversee the daily operations, management, and staffing of animal studies. This person will also ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the animal facilities and associated laboratories (BSL2, BSL3, and Select Agent) and the safe use of equipment and facilities.  The Research Technician III reports to the Director of IAR and IAR Faculty/Principal Investigators (PI)s. The position supervises and trains student technicians and full- and part-time technical staff on animal care and experimentation.


  • Assists the Lab Manager in overseeing and managing student technicians in the day-to-day technical, educational, and research support activities conducted in the animal laboratory.
  • Helps supervise the lab animal research core technician group.
  • Conducts weekly lab meetings to coordinate scheduling, work allocation, training, and problem resolution.
  • Will assist in the training and enforcement of safety and Select Agent security standards.
  • Conducts training on new animal techniques or technologies as needed.
  • Resolves problems and issues as they arise.
  • Conducts orientation training for students and part-time employees on properly using equipment, materials, and supplies using established protocols.
  • Performs lab animal experiments according to written protocols, including infections and treatment of laboratory rodents with antiviral drugs and vaccines.
  • Performs necropsies, minor surgeries, and various in vitro lab assays.
  • Researches and recommends parts and supplies for the maintenance of the animal facilities and associated laboratories used by the IAR.
  • Performs or supervises routine and preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment; ensures proper care in using and maintaining equipment, materials, and supplies; performs periodic safety checks.
  • Investigates emerging technologies and makes recommendations for implementation.
  • Maintains policies regarding the safe use of animal facilities and equipment:
    • Maintains accurate records and databases.
    • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four years of related experience with at least one of those years related animal experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, organization, leadership, and teamwork skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of laboratory animal research experience.
  • One year of leadership experience.
  • BS degree in a related field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead, manage, and inspire people.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Ability to analyze complex information and define and solve problems.
  • Skilled in examining and adjusting operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce animal, lab, and infectious agent safety procedures.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures specified by equipment/supply manufacturers.
  • Ability to evaluate the cost of supplies and develop cost-effective measures.
  • Ability to perform routine calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

Located on the main campus of Utah State University, the Institute for Antiviral Research is comprised of a team of recognized scientists working to identify antiviral agents and vaccines against a wide range of human pathogenic viruses. Five principal investigators collaborate at the IAR with expertise in respiratory, hemorrhagic fever, and neuroinvasive viruses. We work with in vitro and in vivo models to support pre-clinical development of compounds for a number of RNA viruses of human health concern. More information about the institute can be found at https://caas.usu.edu/iar/

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


*updated 05/2023

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In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

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