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$72,000 - $95,000 / Year
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#120237 Animal Welfare Specialist (Hybrid)

Extended Deadline: Wed 3/29/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/25/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/6/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain posted until a suitable candidate has been identified.


The Office of Research Compliance and Integrity (RCI) facilitates research, innovation and education for global excellence and is responsible for broad oversight, resources and education for the integrity and compliance issues relating to the conduct of research. RCI has oversight and responsibility for Research Integrity and Misconduct, Conflict of Interest, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Office, Export Control, Dual Use of Research Concern, Facilities Security and monitoring for Foreign Influences, Conflict of Commitment and Conflict of Interest, Good Clinical Practices training, Responsible Conduct of Research training and administration as well as general research compliance monitoring and other related matters. RCI is modeled after the core elements of an effective compliance program which includes high level oversight, written policies and procedures, training and education, reporting and communication, monitoring and auditing, corrective action and discipline/enforcement (based on established UC San Diego policies and procedures, State and Federal regulations and referrals to applicable institutional offices).

It is our mission to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all employees. We have a shared responsibility to build a workplace and culture that celebrates, values, and encourages the diverse perspectives of our employees. Our success is defined by the communities we serve and achieved by creating equal opportunity for all.

This position may be eligible for a Hybrid flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.


The Animal Welfare Specialist is responsible for IACUC-assigned inspections and reporting duties related to the federal regulations for the welfare of animals in research. Ensures compliance with these regulations, guidelines, and policies across campus. Reviews animal use protocols for scientific and animal welfare concerns as well as compliance with Federal and IACUC polices. Communicates with researchers regarding protocol revisions and approvals, post-approval compliance issues, and other sensitive issues. Advises and educates faculty, staff, and students, regarding Federal and campus polices governing the use of animals in research.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and a minimum 5 years’ professional experience in animal research or animal science, or a combination of equivalent experience/training.

  • Thorough knowledge and ability to apply all relevant Federal, state, and university regulations, policies, and federal guidance documents. Expert knowledge of complex federal, state, and local regulations, policies and procedures regarding the welfare of animals in research, teaching and training.

  • Advanced level of understanding of veterinary and scientific terminology and procedures.

  • Understanding of the need to balance medical and scientific progress with animal welfare.

  • Demonstrated self-discipline and sound, independent judgment completing complex assignments.

  • Proven ability to work independently and effectively under tight deadlines. Demonstrated attention to detail.

  • Excellent written communication skills (including correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation) for report writing, publication, letters, memos, and electronic mail.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in public speaking.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly regarding sensitive issues. Skill in communicating with people of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. Ability to exercise judgment, tact, and firmness with researchers, staff, and the public. Ability to communicate with faculty, deans, directors, and others on a professional level in specialized fields of knowledge.


  • Professional certification in one or more of the following: CPIA (Certified Professional in IACUC Administration), CMAR (Certified Manager Animal Resources), ILAM (Institute for Laboratory Animal Management), LATG (Laboratory Animal Technologist), RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician).


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check and DMV check results.

  • A California Driver License is required for the use of UC vehicle and participate in the DMV Pull Program.

  • Must work in biological, chemical and radioactive hazard areas.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $59,700 - $124,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.59 - $59.53

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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