RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II

Location
Durham, NC
Posted
May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II
Lab Animal Resources

Perform and participate in a variety of technical duties involved in conducting standardized tests, experiments and determinations in support of clinical and research oriented activities related to the care of various animals at Duke University.

1. Perform a variety of technical duties related to diagnostic testing of animals in a laboratory environment including clinical pathology, hematology, parasitology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, necropsies and histopathology. Testing includes but is not limited to conducting physical examinations of animals, samples collection, performing chemical and biological tests, conducting experiments and determinations to obtain data in support of research; compile and document procedures and results and communicate results to Investigatory and Veterinary staff in a professional manner.

2. Facilitate quarterly M&M with Vets/CMS staff: Organize, schedule, summarize and provide followup on all Veterinary staff/CMS Morbidity and Mortality meetings. Work alongside supervisor to schedule quarterly meetings with CMS staff.

3. Evaluate potential problems relating to the health and social welfare of animals; notify supervisor of perceived problems.

4. Assist in the organization and scheduling of events to facilitate the performance of procedures related to research projects; coordinate and participate in the performance of routine and standardized tests to include weighing animals, obtaining specimens, and observing behavioral patterns.

5. Serve as liaison to the veterinarian in providing health care to the animals; perform initial observation of rodent health requests and administer initial treatments; assist in initial assessment and treatment of emergency health requests as instructed or required.

6. Perform a variety of complex technical clinical duties, as directed by supervisor, that include but are not limited to venipuncture of varying sites on multiple species, placing catheters, drug administration, surgical assistance, anesthesia monitoring, post-operative care, health assessment, and injections.

7. Formulate and administer special diets to ensure adequate vitamins and trace mineral elements; determine animal food needs and place regular food orders with vendors, ensuring optimum cost and variety in diet; feed and water animals according to schedule.

8. Provide rodent trainings for Prinicipal Investigators, DLAR staff (both clinical and husbandry team), along with maintaining the rodent colony for training purposes.

9. Rodent technical/surgical core services primary on providing these type services for the DUMC research community.

10. Anesthetize animals as required and serve as circulating surgical assistant during procedures requiring anesthetized animals; assist in animal surgery as requested.

11. Administer routine, post-operative and daily treatments to animals as instructed, prescribed and/or required; assist in diagnostic treatments such as performing routine hematologic and parasitologic test and collecting blood and other diagnostic specimens.

12. Perform rodent and other small animal necropsies, assist with large animal necropsies and prepare tissues for histopathology.

13. Follow all other relevant departmental SOPs and IACUC protocols.

14. As directed by supervisor, confer with principal investigators and their laboratory staff to plan diagnostic testing needed for experimental schedules, discuss animal health concerns, sample collection requirements, assist in technical training of research staff and some procedures/protocols.

15. Assist in billing of lab services, and specialized projects as assigned.

16. Assist with Behavioral and Enrichment daily responsibilities, when needed.

17. Maintain rodent health logs and medical records, regulatory paperwork, surgical records, etc. in compliance with departmental SOPs and regulatory agencies that oversee laboratory animal research.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Skills: Working knowledge of barrier, biosecurity, and quarantine procedures. Have working knowledge of Animal Biohazard Safety Level II and III (ABSL II & ABSL III) procedures and guidelines. Organization and communication. Working knowledge of relavent medical terminology DLAR Refining Skills: 1. Large animal handling skills 2. Rodent, guinea pig, rabbit, etc. handling. Phlebotomy. Placing catheters. Prepare surgical packs. Intensive care and emergency care. Basic rodent surgical skills. Familiar with BSL.

Requisition Number
401263586

Location
Durham

Duke Entity
MEDICAL CENTER

Job Code
951 RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II

Job Family Level
08

Exempt/Non-Exempt
Non-exempt

Full Time / Part Time
FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary
Regular

Shift
First/Day

Minimum Qualifications
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Education

Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology or other science related scientific field.

Experience

None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Auto req ID

90010BR

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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