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Amgen Laboratory Animal Technician (1 Year Contract) in Burnaby, British Columbia


You’ve earned your degree. How will you use that achievement to reach your goals? Do more with the knowledge you’ve worked hard to acquire and the passion you already have. At Amgen, our shared mission—to serve patients—drives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, reaching over 10 million patients worldwide. Become the professional you are meant to be in this meaningful role.

Laboratory Animal Technician (1 Year Contract)

Department Name: Comparative Medicine (CM)

Location: Burnaby, BC

Flexibility to work occasional weekends and holidays on rotation.


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world! In this vital role you will support animal-based studies, husbandry, and vivarium operations and also act as a back-up for technical and lab support for in-vivo research.


  • Perform husbandry activities such as changing cages, cage wash, facility sanitation, and maintenance activities.

  • Assist in performing veterinary health triage and monitoring as needed.

  • Handling and restraint of rodents.

  • Support crucial vivarium operations, 5S (lean management), and inventory management.

  • Develop technical competence and proficiency with in vivo methods (e.g., dosing, sample collection, physiological monitoring) and lab procedures for animal models; apply these skills to study execution or animal health care monitoring.

  • Collaborate with management, veterinarians, peers and research partners to support vivarium operations and in-vivo studies.

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of opportunistic disease transmission, prevention, and control principles (i.e. biosecurity).

  • Ability to recognize technical problems and offer solutions.

  • Recognize and respond to facility alarms.

  • Follow guidance documents, procedures, methods, and study protocols to provide support for animal-based studies.

  • Assist in daily planning and scheduling for multiple work areas; able to coordinate and prioritize work schedule.

  • Implement data management and documentation practices.

  • Establish effective work relationships within group and participate in teams.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The detail oriented professional we seek is a great teammate with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • College diploma and 2 years of laboratory animal handling experienceOR

  • High school diploma / GED and 4 years of laboratory animal handling experience

  • Candidate must be comfortable with regular lifting and/or moving of up to 50lbs /20 kg of items such as food and bedding bags, and racks of animals and supplies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified ARLAT by AALAS/CALAS (Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science) with plans to complete the RLAT certification within 2 years, or as experience in research domain allows.

  • Certified RVT (Registered Veterinary Technologist/Technician)

  • At least 2 years experience in a research environment with experience in vivarium operations.

  • Strong attention to detail and organized

  • Able to follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and that contribute to a friendly work environment.

  • Able to work with independently to achieve work goals

  • Must demonstrate accountability and ethics in performance of daily responsibilities.


Some of the vast rewards of working here

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, so we work to care for our teammates’ professional and personal growth and well-being.

  • Full support and career-development resources to expand your skills, enhance your expertise, and maximize your potential along your career journey

  • A diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act

  • Generous Total Rewards Plan—comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits—with compensation and benefits rated above 4 stars (out of 5) on Glassdoor

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If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

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