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Animal Care Technician

Research Staff - Lab Member
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Job Description

This person assumes responsibility, under supervision of Animal Facility Manager, for the care of the animals for the Burke Research Animal Resource Center (BRARC). This includes routine animal husbandry duties, following the regulations by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and follow established written standard operating procedures. Responsibilities also include notifying the manager of complications with the animals and the facility, and assuring that all personnel using the animal facility follow accepted practices and guidelines established by NIH and Weill Cornell Medicine for the animal colony.


The successful candidate must be willing to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays. The individual must be able to follow oral and written instructions and should be able to function independently with minimal supervision.  The individual must be detailed oriented and have organizational skills. The candidate should have familiarity with computer skills including proficiency with email, internet, spreadsheets, word-processing, and be able to learn maneuvering of departmental sites.

Education and experience required:

High school diploma or GED required. AALAS certified preferred but not required. Expected to work toward certification if currently does not have one. Experience with Animal handling in a structured environment is desired.

Learning time:

One (1) month. Continuous training provided.


The Technician must be able to interact respectfully with managers, directors, investigators, and various persons that visit Burke as well as their peers.

Physical requirements:

Must have full faculties and be able to stand for long periods of time. Some heavy lifting required, must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Must be able to withstand repetitive motion of arms, legs and waist. This position requires constant seeing, adjusting focus, reasoning, analyzing, and communicating.

Work environment:

Research animal facility with designated clean and dirty sides, research labs and surrounding areas. Exposure to animals and potential allergens.

Special requirements:

Needs to be very conscientious and be able to meet the needs of the animals. Need to be polite and respectful and conscientious to a variety of people. Must have good communications skills. Require constant attention to changing details. Computer literate and willing to learn new applications. Must be very reliable and work carefully and thoroughly.

Hourly rate: 

TBD based on experience and/or educational credentials. Comprehensive medical insurance including dental and eye as well as employee retirement program. Competitive vacation, holiday and sick days provided.

How to Apply

To apply, interested candidates should complete the online application and upload a resume/CV.

About the Institute

The Burke Neurological Institute is a nonprofit leading scientific research institute devoted to advancing the study of neurological diseases and injuries. The overarching goal of the Institute, an academic affiliate of Weill Cornell Medicine, is to leverage the most innovative and highest quality neuroscience to restore brain and spinal cord function in those with neurological injury including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, age related macular degeneration. Twenty faculty funded by federal and private agencies work alongside 100 individuals on a beautiful 60-acre campus in White Plains, New York, 15 miles from the heart of New York City.

Burke Neurological Institute is an equal opportunity employer.