Vivarium Operations Technician I
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Entry
Piccard Office - Rockville, MD
Full Time
None
Biotech
Vivarium Operations Technician I / Hourly (Non-exempt)

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: Support in vivo oncology studies in mice as a member of the Vivarium Operations Team

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide animal care including handling, receipt and husbandry procedures
  • Provide animal care including feeding and watering with food and water consumption monitoring
  • Conduct animal observation for general health and overall well-being
  • Clean equipment, rooms and facility according to a schedule devised by senior personnel; including floor sweeping and washing, cage washing and sterilization, and waste removal
  • Document and initial required information in relevant room and log books
  • Material and supply distribution and waste handling
  • Record data using laboratory information management systems
  • Work weekends and holidays on rotating basis

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to work effectively and productively in a team-oriented environment while maintaining a strong sense of accountability, integrity and confidentiality.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound and accurate judgment in making timely decisions.
  • Superior planning, organizational, computer, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to assist with other duties in a dynamic environment
  • Understanding of animal welfare and clinical testing regulations and standards (e.g. AAALAC, CLIA)
  • Ability to observe safety and security procedures

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Must be able to sit and use hands to finger, handle and feel.
  • Must be able to lift and move packages weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time using a computer in a typical office environment in a multi-level facility
  • Some activities require repetitive motion and reaching, pulling or pushing.
  • In carrying out the duties of the job there will be frequent exposure to fumes and chemical hazards.
  • Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • BS degree in biology, pharmacology, or related field, or minimum or 1 year of related experience
  • Experience in contract research animal facility or industry setting is preferred
  • AALAS certification preferred
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