ASSOC DIRECTOR, VIVARIUM & LAB ANIMAL RESOURCES
Duties: The Gene Therapy Program (GTP) and Orphan Disease Center (ODC) are entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity with the great potential to reshape the face of medicine as we know it. Our discoveries have set the stage for successful treatments and possibly even cures for devastating genetic diseases. Our R&D organization has a translational infrastructure that includes: technology discovery, specialized immunology assays operating under GLP, a Vector Core/Manufacturing unit that conducts GMP comparable work, and a large non-clinical program for animal testing under GLP including large NHP and rodent vivaria.
Our Animal Models Core is looking for an Associate Director, Vivarium & Lab Animal Resources, that will ensure the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals.
As an Associate Director, you will be the subject matter expert for the barrier rodent group, providing management and oversight of the vivarium facilities and laboratory animal care program for a GLP and non-GLP barrier rodent facility. You will provide supervision of animal care staff and interact/collaborate with research investigators to provide in vivo support/guidance for GTP discovery and development programs. Specific responsibilities include, but not limited to: maintenance of vivarium (facility maintenance, environmental controls and mechanical support systems, equipment maintenance, etc); development and oversight of laboratory animal care and husbandry program and standard operating procedures in accordance with AAALAC and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals requirements; work with consultant to define and execute strategy to achieve AAALAC accreditation, including preparation of Written Program Description; work with research staff to define study and capacity needs and scheduling for animal ordering, receipt and program of animal care and use; establish and maintain strict animal biosecurity SOP and animal care SOP's; provide supervision, management, professional development, and scheduling of laboratory animal care staff; and provide core training on a sustained and ongoing basis.
The position is contingent on continued funding.
Qualifications: The minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Life or Animal Science and 5 years to 7 years of experience working with research animals or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master's degree preferred.
LATg certification required
4-7 years experience working with laboratory animals, primarily rodents required. Experience with other species preferred
Supervisory experience in managing a complex animal care and use program, managing staff
Strong ability to communicate verbally and in writing
Knowledge of general laboratory animal care husbandry procedures, GLP, and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and AAALAC requirements.
Familiarity with care and handling of immunocompromised and transgenic animals, and disease models (tumor-bearing animals and inflammatory diseases).
Excellent interpersonal skills and communication (verbal and written)
Knowledge of computer programs such as Word, Excel
Reference Number: 40-26169
Salary Grade: 028
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: DM-Gene Therapy Program
Job Family: B-Executive/Managerial Administration