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Cedars-Sinai Operations Technician I - Comparative Medicine in Los Angeles, California

Under the general supervision of Associate Director and Lead Technician, our Operations Technician will be responsible for coordination of multiple systems related to Biocontainment and Bioexclusion within Clean and Soiled Operations and associated materials and logistics areas. This includes operating throughout both Comparative Medicine facilities: Davis Research Building and the Advanced Health Services Pavilion (AHSP).

Assignments include operation of and preventive maintenance performance on several Programmable Logic Controlled (PLC) systems designed to sanitize or sterilize equipment for research support: Rack Washers and Tunnel Washers, Steam Autoclave, Bedding Dispenser (Tunnel Washer articulated and stand-alone systems) Bedding Dump Station, Bio-Bubble, and Bottle Filling Stations, in compliance with specialized operating procedures, SOP’s, AAALAC, NIH and USDA standards. You will be expected to operate all machinery safely and efficiently and in a manner that meets and then exceeds performance standards. Must practice effective written and verbal communication with peers and management to facilitate the smooth operation of the sanitation and sterilization functions. Must be attentive to ergonomic risks in the workplace. Adherence to Performance, Commitment, and Businesslike and Professional Behavior (PCB) standards are required and generally defined below.

•Performance: Success on technical assignments and projects.

•Commitment: On-time, daily attendance, commitment to Operations/Husbandry Team, commitment to the goals of Cedars-Sinai and Comparative Medicine.

•Businesslike and Professional Behavior: Accountability for personal actions/interactions in all areas and at all times.

This position reflects the entry level position into the field of Laboratory Animal Science and you will be expected to master all technical areas with the goal of advancement to higher level biological and research support areas. Every opportunity will be provided to learn and grow in the field with the full expectation to exceed standards and continue invest in the protection of the animals in our charge, the support of the research process, and the support of the Husbandry and Operations Programs.

Technical assignments include:

  • Operation of equipment in both Clean and Soiled Operations.

a. Edstrom/Steris Bottle Filling Station

b. Edstrom Chlorination System

c. Edstrom Portable Sanitizer

d. Allentown Free Flow System

e. Quip Chemical Proportioner

  • Coordinating time and resources in a dynamic environment in support of business production goals: multi-species equipment and materials processing and management.

  • Demonstrated effective organizational, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Perform duties in accordance with department policies.

  • Computer Operation and machine skills such as Autoclave, Tunnel/Rack Washers.

  • Ability to stand, walk, lift, carry, push, pull, climb, balance, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, handle, finger, talk, hear, and see.

  • Ability to judge distance and space relationships, to adjust vision to bring objects into focus, and to distinguish and identify different colors.

  • Ability to work under environmental condition such as extreme heat, wet, humidity and likely expose to animal dander, diseases, odors and bites, housekeeping/cleaning agents/chemicals, and exposure to hot surfaces.

  • Operation of equipment in both Clean and Soiled Operations.

  • Managing time and resources to ensure clean supplies are always available.

  • A variety of highly specialized tasks that require ingenuity, resourcefulness and adaptability.

  • Ability to operate technologically advanced equipment:

a. PLC operated sanitation and sterilization equipment

b. Electronic pallet jack/Manual Pallet Jack

c. Ride-on floor scrubber

d. Floor buffer

e. Bedding dump stations

f. ERGO Lift/Waste Compactors

g. High Pressure Washer

h. PLC operated sanitation and sterilization equipment

i. BioBubble containment systems

j. Ergonomic drum dolly

Essential job duties:

  • Operate high-temperature and water volume washers, high pressure/temperature autoclaves, bottle filling stations, bedding dispenser, pressure washer, Bio-Bubble, floor buffer, and ride-on scrubber.

  • Sanitizes and/or sterilizes research animal cages, ventilated and static racks and associated equipment.

  • Maintain facility chemical systems: Formulate, tracks duration of exposure, and apply disinfecting and sanitizing solutions for species specific equipment.

  • Maintains and understands clean/soiled equipment separation and traffic clean to soiled traffic flow according to established SOPs.

  • Responsible for following written and oral instructions (in English), including Specialized Operating Procedures, Room Data Logs, Quality Assurance Logs.

  • Must possess good communication skills: speaking, writing.

  • Ability to prioritize and coordinate the continuous flow of soiled equipment to the final organization of clean equipment.

  • Completes all sanitation and sterilization requirements including all documentation within acceptable and established time frames.

  • Completes all work assignments in a safe manner using all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Prioritizes workload and plans daily to accommodate animal Husbandry Technician cage and equipment change out schedules.

  • Prepare clean caging equipment for use.

  • Maintain cage washing areas and other assigned work areas (central hallways, storage rooms, etc.) in an organized and sanitary manner.

  • Prepare clean caging equipment for use.

  • Maintain cage washing areas and other assigned work areas (central hallways, storage rooms, etc.) in an organized and sanitary manner.

  • Maintains inventory of chemicals and accessories for all applicable equipment, maintain chemical dilutions for use throughout the vivarium.

  • Alerts Lead in a timely manner of impending shortages and reorder amounts.

  • Assists in unloading, storage, and stocking supplies.

  • Notify failure potential equipment malfunctions to Lead within an acceptable time frame.

  • Assists in minor repairs and/or alerts Lead of equipment malfunction at the time of observation.

  • Responsible for staging equipment for Husbandry and Research Lab support.

  • Logistics Support: inflow of all materials into the facilities including, but not limited to various LabDiet, irradiated feeds for multiple species, direct contact bedding, caging systems and components, large, specialized ergonomic equipment and materials management and distribution.

  • Support all waste outflows including: standard waste, biologica waste, and hazardous waste, including the use of the ERGO Lift system and the AHSP Compactor Lift systems.

  • Maintain lab coat gowning stations.

  • Maintain Quality Assurance program for multiple systems using chemical, biological, and heat sensitive measurement processes, documentation of data, and reassessment strategies.

  • Maintain transport vehicle, loading docks, dock levelers, lift gates in both facilities.

  • Support the inflow of all materials to the facilities including: feed, bedding, caging, large equipment and appropriate staging.

  • Daily tracking of chemical levels, chemical storage, and use.

  • Works mainly under direct supervision of Lead Technician.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Educational Requirements:

  • High school graduate/GED is required


  • Must have a valid California driver license.


  • Must be able to read and comprehend written and verbal instructions in English.

  • Experience with disinfection and sanitation chemicals.

  • Inventory organization (storage and distribution).

  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)


  • Technical warehouse experience

  • Logistics: Receive boxed and palleted deliveries

  • Unpack and sort items: Pallet jacks (Standard and Electronic)

  • Use of pallet truck stopper: Dolly for transporting chemical barrels

  • Pneumatic dock levelers

Physical Demands:

  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Able to work standing up for long periods.

  • Able to perform repetitive motions including pushing 1,000 lbs. racks, bending, reaching above and below midline, and pushing/pulling.

  • Ability to work within a closed biocontainment/bioexclusion operation that requires the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): nuisance to N95 mask, head cover, gloves, hearing protection, back support, dedicated water proof shoes, eye protection, splash protection (gloves/apron).

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.