Job Details

  • Title: Research Animal Technician
  • Code: RCI-14076
  • Location: Gaithersburg Maryland (MD) 20878
  • Posted Date: 05/27/2020
  • Duration: 6 Months
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  Job Description

  • Observe appropriate safety and study requirements by reading, understanding and following Standard Operating Procedures (LAR Guidelines), regulations and study protocols
  • Observe appropriate safety and health practices including personal protective equipment and barrier requirements
  • Review IACUC protocols and Experimental protocols
  • Determine the technical support needs and coordinate support with Lead Technicians or Principal Investigators
  • Perform daily health/mortality checks
  • Perform basic technical procedures independently such as SC, IV, IM, IP injections, and oral gavage
  • Perform blood collection procedures
  • Perform tissue collection procedures and euthanasia
  • Observe and examine animals for sign of disease, distress or pain
  • Record observations and body weights according to GLPs
  • Perform standard husbandry procedures as needed
  • Perform animal identification procedures
  • Maintain the animal facility in a clean and orderly condition
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the LAR Manager
  • Interact effectively with other animal support staff and investigative staff
  • Recognize and identify opportunities to improve operations
  • Practice performing advanced technical or specialized procedures, such as imaging, surgical support or breeding
Education and Experience:
  • HS diploma plus least 4 years of research animal technical procedure experience OR 
  • AA degree in biological sciences plus 2 years of research animal technical procedure experience OR 
  • BA/BS degree in Biological sciences plus 1 year of research animal technical procedure experience
  • LAT certification training
Special Skills/Abilities:
  • Knowledge of USDA, OLAW and AAALAC requirements
  • Knowledge of hazardous, infectious and radioactive material handling
  • Understanding of safety requirements
  • Ability to humanely handle all species of laboratory animals
  • Ability to distinguish unhealthy animals from healthy animals
  • Ability to perform technical manipulations such as injections and blood collection
  • Ability to lift objects frequently in performing daily work activities
  • Ability to pull or push objects on a regular basis
  • Ability to carry objects on a regular basis in the arms or on the shoulders
  • Ability to grasp objects utilizing the fingers (fine motor manipulation)
  • Ability to reach for objects above the head or below the waist
  • Ability to stoop of crouch by bending at the waist or by bending the legs
  • Knowledge and use of protective equipment and safety procedures related to the possible exposure to dusts, viruses, tissues, chemicals, fumes, vapors, radiation and mists that could potentially affect the health of the employee
  • Computer skills to include Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and Outlook