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Vivarium Research Director

Appalachian State University
Job Location:
Boone, North Carolina
Laboratory and Research
Boone, NC

Faculty Rank: No

Provide Rank: N/A

Position Number: 047331

Department: College of Arts and Sciences - 250000

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications
  • BS in Animal Science or life sciences.
  • Five years of experience in an animal facility.
  • Knowledgeable in the operations of animal resource facilities, equipment functions, specialized husbandry procedures, and staffing needs.
  • Extensive knowledge of regulatory and compliance issues concerning the proper care and use of animals in teaching and research.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals at various levels of the University.
  • Ability to serve as a point of contact for DEA and DHHS Registration of controlled substances,
  • AALAS accreditation at or above LAT level, or the ability to obtain such accreditation within the first year of employment.
License/Certification Required

See Minimum Qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience with zebrafish, rodent, amphibian, and reptile husbandry.
  • Ability to supervise and train staff, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Analytical skills related to site budget preparation and generation of monthly expenditure reports.
  • Technical skills in common biomethodology of research animals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Director of the Vivarium Research Lab within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Lab is used by departments within CAS and also by departments in the Health College for Research. This person will serve as the day-to-day Director.

Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:
  • Provide oversight of daily operations of the vivarium and manage the on-call responsibilities that are necessarily involved with facilities that house live animals year-round.
  • Perform routine zebrafish husbandry and maintain rodent colonies.
  • Interface with Facilities Operations to troubleshoot maintenance problems.
  • Control animal facility access to those individuals who are determined to be properly trained in animal care and use.
  • Consult with investigators when writing experimental proposals on issues relating to animal husbandry and care.
  • Provide recommendations and implements procedures to ensure compliance with federal laws and guidelines.
  • Monitor animal research to ensure investigators are following IACUC approved animal
  • Maintain records in accordance with relevant agency guidelines.
  • Participate in animal facility inspections with USDA, IACUC and safety personnel.
  • Coordinate and oversee ordering of all supplies and equipment and serves as primary contact for vendors.
  • Effectively operate and maintain facility equipment.
  • Hire and train vivarium staff.
Type of Position: Full Time Position

Staff/Non-Faculty: Staff/Non-Faculty

Appointment Type: 1.0

Work Schedule/Hours
Hours will vary between Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and night and weekend work, based on business needs and coordination with the supervisor.

Number of Hours Per Week: 40

Number of Months Per Year: 12

Mandatory Staff: Yes

Suggested Salary Range: $65,000 - $70,000

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position within a university. This position also requires lifting, walking/mobility, and cleaning the lab area.

All duties to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Posting Date: 09/15/2022

Closing Date

Open Until Filled: No

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire: 10/17/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University's Job Board:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Undergraduate (Unofficial) Transcripts
  • References and Contact Information for at least 3 Professional References
If obtained, please also attach:
  • Graduate (Unofficial) Transcripts
  • Licensure/Certification
Please note this position is considered mandatory staff, and work is necessary to maintain operations during adverse weather.

Search Chair Name
Michael Madritch

Search Chair Email

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed. This position may or may not be eligible for H-1B sponsorship; EHRA positions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To request further information about sponsorship for this position, please contact International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach at

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