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Animal Anatomy Laboratory Coordinator

Colorado State University

This is a Contract position in Fort Collins, CO posted May 15, 2022.

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Animal Anatomy Laboratory Coordinator

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 202200613AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Technical/Support III

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $60,000 – $65,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University ( CSU ) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSUs Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: &

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 05/15/2022

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Biomedical Sciences ( BMS ) in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences ( CVMBS ) is a major locus for biomedical education including undergraduate, graduate, veterinary and post-doctoral training and for translational biomedical research at Colorado State University. BMS houses more than 30 research laboratories. Faculty members interests run the gamut from human and animal anatomy and neuroanatomy, reproductive biology and endocrinology to molecular neuroscience and cardiovascular physiology.

Position Summary

The Department of Biomedical Sciences ( BMS ) is seeking a full-time Animal Anatomy Laboratory Coordinator to oversee the Animal Anatomy Laboratory and Teaching area. This position will work to support the teaching and outreach missions of BMS and DVM animal anatomy by procuring and embalming specimens, preparing teaching spaces, coordinating animal anatomy needs, serving as the point of contact for the Animal Anatomy teaching team, cadaver donation programs, and overseeing the Animal Anatomy facilities and DVM Cubes. This position is not expected to teach but will work with the animal anatomy teaching teams within BMS and the Veterinary Health System to facilitate animal anatomy and professional education across programs. This position will supervise and train student hourlies to work with anatomy teaching teams and program staff to facilitate the management of anatomy facilities and resources.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in pathology, anatomy, biomedical sciences, zoology, biology or related field and one year of laboratory-based experience are required. A Masters degree in the sciences may substitute for the BS and experience.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Adobe.

  • Working knowledge of domestic animal anatomy as demonstrated by coursework or work experience

  • Experience with commonly used gross anatomy preservation and embalming methods

  • This position requires the ability to occasionally lift and handle large animal specimens weighing up to 50lbs (dolly, lift or colleague assistance may be provided) and become immunized against tetanus and rabies virus (cost covered by employer) or any other personal protective efforts as required by the Environmental Health Safety team.

  • Must have a valid drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

    Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience performing dissection is preferred.

  • Demonstrated leadership role in a laboratory or teaching laboratory setting

  • Experience with osteological articulation, plastination, and special specimen assembly

  • Basic carpentry skills and competency with power tools

  • Understanding of teaching and teaching needs, preferably in a laboratory setting demonstrated either through teaching or supporting teaching as a coordinator or teaching assistant

    Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Departments commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Lab Management


a) the hiring, training and supervision of 2-5 work study students per year who assist with preparation of cadavers, maintenance, management, custodial service of animal anatomy laboratory and DVM cubes spaces, equipment and supplies involved in the teaching of the laboratory classes and maintenance of DVM cubes space;

b) managing and tracking operating budgets including ordering equipment and supplies used in the teaching labs and DVM cubes; coordinating with course faculty to ensure that student course fees and program support are adequate for operating costs;

c) managing the use of the animal anatomy facilities by faculty and students; act as liaison to building proctor and room scheduling for reservations of rooms, including evaluating space requests, communicating those to other invested parties, and confirming reservations; including acting as the emergency point of contact for all Animal Anatomy facilities and DVM cubes in Anatomy/Zoology

d) managing purchase and disposal of hazardous wastes used by the teaching labs and the Animal Anatomy facilities;

e) devising and maintaining a manual of methods, procedures and protocols used in the anatomy teaching facilities;

f) managing the equipment in the animal anatomy programs; compliance regulation for personal safety including air quality for AVMA accreditation policies

g) preparing for and complying with IACUC and USDA inspections in collaboration with faculty and IACUC protocol Principal Investigators

Percentage Of Time 50

Job Duty Category Lab Resource Management


a) Maintaining the animal anatomy anatomical collection, including bone boxes and requests for use of collection specimens; supporting faculty and teaching programs with development of new or replacement specimens.

b) Support outreach and teaching needs in BMS through anatomy specimen distribution. Including assisting in determining age appropriateness of specimens used for programming.

c) Management of cadaveric resources: 1) Cadaver recruitment working with local veterinarians and other organizations to facilitate cadaver donation for teaching purposes. 2) Facilitate embalming specimens used for teaching by faculty veterinarians who embalm large animal specimens or by supervising student hourly employees who contribute to this role. 3) Distribution of embalmed or frozen specimens to BMS / VHS teaching programs in order to meet teaching needs, including coordinating with BMS / VHS programs to determine needs and the most efficient use of specimens to meet those needs; 4) facilities management, including organization and storage of anatomical specimens

Percentage Of Time 50

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants should include a professional cover letter and resume which addresses the required and preferred qualifications of this position. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Drivers License, Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials – zoonotic disease agents and hazardous wastes, Special Requirements/Other – Ability to life 50 lbs, must be immunized against Rabies and Tetanus or willing to be immunized

Search Contact Brittany Runyan,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity ( is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the Universitys Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education ( .

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

    Optional Documents