HHMI is currently recruiting for a new position at the Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, VA. We are searching for a full-time Clinical Veterinarian to join the Animal and Biological Services team that supports ground breaking research, currently focused on neuronal circuitry, imaging, and cognition. This position will serve as the Attending Veterinarian on the IACUC, will oversee the animal health program by providing evidence-based systems and processes appropriate for the clinical, preventive, and emergency treatment of various species, with a significant emphasis on zebrafish and rodents, and will collaborate in the development of novel processes and procedures to support research needs, including submission for publication or presentation. If you are an ACLAM boarded or board eligible Veterinarian that desires a position in a collaborative research environment and strives to find unique solutions to minimize delays to science, then click on the link below to apply for this new position
The Clinical Veterinarian is responsible for the clinical care and treatment of animals used in ground breaking basic science research at Janelia. This includes serving as the Attending Veterinarian on the IACUC, providing guidance to researchers on animal care and use protocols and the Vivarium staff on husbandry and research support. This person will provide evidence-based systems and processes that are appropriate for the clinical, preventive, and emergency care for various species, with a significant emphasis on zebrafish and rodents. This individual will have a strong knowledge of the department’s operations and the needs of the researchers with whom the Vivarium supports and collaborates. This person will maintain a broad understanding of state-of-the-art principles, theories, and procedures in the laboratory animal field that pushes the boundaries of biomedical research while ensuring animal welfare and regulatory compliance.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Serves as the Attending Veterinarian with membership on the IACUC, including consulting with researchers and the IACUC Chair on the development of protocols, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
Performs veterinary review of all protocols and significant amendments and participates in post-approval monitoring where needed.
Participates in IACUC semi-annual inspections and program reviews.
Creates pre, intra, and post-operative care guidelines, including recommendations for analgesic and anesthesia, in collaboration with researchers.
Provides clinical diagnostic, triage, care, and treatment for animals used in research at Janelia, including weekend and holiday on-call support.
Provides expertise in the field of transgenic rodents and with nontraditional species.
Provides guidance on the acquisition, quarantine, and disposition of research animals.
Oversees animal health surveillance program.
Provides and authorize health reports and documentation for animal exports to other institutions.
Assists with maintenance of AAALAC accreditation, including editing the program description and participating in the site visit.
Participates in the development of novel processes and procedures to support research needs, including submission for publication or presentation.
Responsible for controlled substances used in Vivarium procedures and for clinical cases, including maintaining the required state and federal licenses.
Manages project-based budgets when needed.
Additional department specific activities to support the use of animals in research at Janelia.
This position is responsible for the health and welfare of animals used in research at Janelia. The individual will be the primary resource for all veterinary related issues and will have final discretion in the clinical care and treatment of animals at Janelia. Decisions made by the clinical veterinarian can impact research outcomes and should be made in a collaborative atmosphere, if at all possible. This individual must have a high standard of professional integrity.
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent from an institution accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Current license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state, with a requirement to obtain veterinary licensure and USDA accreditation in Virginia within the first year of employment.
Three to five years of experience post veterinary degree in a laboratory animal facility supporting research with rodents and zebrafish.
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine board certified preferred. ACLAM eligibility with board certification within the first year of employment required.
Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated skills to support lab animal research with diverse species.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, policies, and regulations relating to the use of animals in research.
Computer skills necessary for document preparation and presentation, as well as familiarity with database interactions to support Vivarium operations.
Enthusiastic and motivated individual with a strong sense of customer service.
Ability to clearly communicate in English, in writing and speech.
Ability to learn tasks independently and train others on the same tasks.
Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot departmental processes and procedures.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to review goals, analyze processes, and develop approaches and systems required to meet those goals. Often explores new areas and seeks opportunities to apply new knowledge to work.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative, service-oriented, rapidly changing environment to accomplish mutual goals.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to deal effectively with research scientists, laboratory technical staff, administrative staff, management, outside contractors, and vendors.
The following is the minimum physical requirements.
Occasionally lifts and/or carries objects weighing up to 10 pounds
Occasionally stoops and bends
Occasionally reaches and grasps with arms and hands
Work is performed in a normal office or research lab environment where there are relatively few physical discomforts due to dust, dirt, noise and the like.
Work involves possible exposure to malodorous vapors, animal allergens and other animal-borne hazards, experimental microbial agents and viral vectors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids, and presence of carcinogenic substances.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.
About HHMI:Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world.Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S. Visit hhmi.org/careers to learn more about working at HHMI.About Janelia:Janelia Research Campus is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, Virginia, where scientists pursue fundamental questions in neuroscience and imaging. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) launched Janelia in 2006, establishing an intellectually distinctive environment for scientists to do creative, collaborative, hands-on work. To learn more about working at Janelia, visit janelia.org/careers.