SoBran is seeking a Program Support Specialist Technician to serve at multiple locations in Bethesda, Poolesville and Rockville Maryland.
OVERVIEW: Responsible for assisting with all activities required for supporting / maintaining animal colonies and relative procedures in relation to the clinical efforts of the NIAID Comparative Medicine Branch as directed by the NIAID/DIR animal study proposals.
Description of Duties:
Perform duties of a technician, animal caretaker or cage wash technician as dictated by the needs of the institution’s statement of work and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for new or current position openings.
Predominantly a technician position but must have the ability and desire to perform duties in support of all lab animal species ie. rodents, rabbits, ferrets, etc. to include husbandry aspects
Perform daily animal health surveillance checks and report any abnormal conditions of either the animals or the animal room environment to the appropriate individual
Prepare and submit required written records, charts, logs, and inventories in a timely manner
Administer prescribed treatments to research animals
Possess the ability to perform technical duties associated with the NIAID Animal Study Proposals; especially those in relation to NHP Critical Care studies to include but not limited to collection of physiologic data, blood withdrawals, knowledge of aseptic techniques for surgical preparation, anesthesia induction, maintenance and monitoring, set up and operation of mechanical ventilators and anesthesia equipment and all other related critical care monitoring equipment
Provide assistance as needed with technical duties associated with the NIAID Animal Study Proposals in relation to NHP retroviral, human respiratory and flavivirus studies to include but not limited to daily animal health checks, blood withdrawals, anesthesia, intestinal biopsies, broncho-aveolar lavage, tracheal and nasal lavages, necropsies, documented observations and treatments. In addition for all lab animal species and animal study proposals: a) Read and understand technical requirements stated in Animal Study Protocols and discern discrepancies between technical requests and ASP’s. b) Perform or assist investigators with technical procedures, these include but are not limited to immunizations, bleeding of experimental animals, harvesting tissues or organs using aseptic techniques, peritoneal lavages, cell counts, food or liquid consumption studies, and splenectomies
Maintain detailed and accurate animal health records for all experimental data and related information e.g. ability to calculate maximum blood volume withdrawal based on body weight
Practice universal precautions appropriate to different levels of ABSL. Work safely with animal / human pathogen biohazards, and help to maintain the research animal facility as a safe work environment / operation
Report any animal health, care, and / or wellbeing concerns to the appropriate facility management staff
Report any facility infrastructure issues, relative to the animal care and support areas, to the appropriate facility management
Ability to work flexible hours to include weekends, holidays and overnights to ensure research needs are met and experiments are carried out to comply with appropriate timelines
Ability to handle changing work locations in short to long term increments
Ability to travel locally and outside the immediate Northern Virginia/Maryland area if needed, to include the use of personal transportation
Ability to interact with all personnel in a manner which promotes a professional work environment
All other duties as assigned by management
Required Experience: Preferred experience in laboratory animal care and knowledge of non-human primate or large animal husbandry and technical procedures to include anesthesia/surgical technician skill sets. Desire to work with multiple species to include but not limited to rodents, rabbits, non-human primates as well as work in animal biosafety levels 1 to 3. Must complete the required training and receive clearance on the duties as they are assigned as outlined on the attached sheet or outlined on the job description for the position the individual is delegated. Must be eligible to obtain Select Agent and LEVEL 2 FBI clearances. Must have computer program proficiency such as MS Word / Access / Excel. Must have a proficient technical vocabulary.
Required Education: Must have a high school diploma or equivalent; be certified by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) or equivalent education / experience such as a licensed veterinary technician certification, all candidates will be expected to become AALAS certified within the first year of employment.
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