Research Laboratory Aide

Payroll Title: UCP I
Class Code: 0128-9081
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: N
Score: 383


Under the general supervision of designated supervisor, provides technical assistance to faculty in the care and maintenance of animals and/or plants used in research and teaching


  1. Coordinates propagation/cultivation of mutant and specialized stocks of animals and/or plants.
  2. Collects and compiles breeding, mating, climate, soil conditions and other data related to genetic stock propagation of animals and/or plants as well as distribution.
  3. Arranges for distribution and receipt of tissues samples, plants, or animals; prepares animals and/or plants for shipment.
  4. Participates in lab procedures such as bacteriological testing and collection of tissue and other samples for viral/fungal/arthropod monitoring in order to monitor the general health of animals and/or plants.
  5. Cleans and sterilizes cages and/or greenhouse growing areas as well as equipment and/or supervises other personnel engaged in these activities.
  6. May maintain barrier systems for excluding pathogens from animals and/or plants, including mechanical controls, washing and sterilizing of equipment, fungicides, insecticides, and clothing packs.
  7. Assists researchers with research and laboratory maintenance activities including behavioral and other testing; maintaining facilities; monitoring growth factors such as climate, soil and light; caring for animals and/or plants; keeping inventory; and ordering supplies and equipment as needed.
  8. Maintains appropriate records and files related to the maintenance of the animals and/or plants.
  9. Performs related duties as required.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field or equivalent experience and training.
  2. Familiarity with basic genetic concepts and lab procedures.
  3. Familiarity with computer record keeping.

Date Created: 06/28/85

Revised: 09/01/99, 08/29/05