VETERINARY RESEARCH SUPPORT SPECIALIST, BUMC Animal Science Center (8538/J1816)
An exciting opportunity exists at Boston University to work within the National Emerging Infectious disease Laboratories (NEIDL) Animal Biosafety Level 3 and 4 maximum containment laboratories. This specialized and unique facility conducts research into new and emerging infectious diseases with global significance. Complete and thorough training will be provided for this essential position and you will contribute to a high profile team supporting research with a range of animal models. This is a multi-faceted role suited to individuals with a strong desire to bring their animal care skills to a unique area of scientific research.
The NEIDL RSS provides care for animals and carries out duties in support of animal research studies, in the high and maximum biocontainment laboratories at the National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (NEIDL), Boston University.
Has extensive laboratory animal care and husbandry experience within a research environment. Ability to handle, restrain, clinically observe and identify health concerns in a wide range of laboratory animal species.
Ability to perform sedation and anesthesia of laboratory animal species, technical manipulations and specialized imaging protocols.
Extensive understanding of laboratory animal research vivarium management and functionality.
Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment.
Required qualifications/experience: Bachelor of Science, Vet Tech Cert and LAT with at least 4 years of direct experience in Animal Biosafety. This includes experience and high comfort level working with a range of laboratory animal species.
Preferred: Veterinary technician or equivalent certification, AAALAS certification, Bachelor’s degree.
May be required to work some after -hours or weekend/holiday periods. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) is part of a national network of secure facilities that study infectious diseases – whether they occur naturally or are introduced deliberately through bioterrorism. The NEIDL is dedicated to the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics to combat emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. In addition to Bio Safety Level (BSL)-2 and BSL-3 laboratories, the NEIDL houses BSL-4 laboratories that will operate at the highest level of containment. The NEIDL will add to the growing life sciences industry in the region, throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and across the country.
Individuals seeking affiliation with or employment within the NEIDL may be subject to the following suitability requirements. Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in ineligibility for employment or affiliation:
Criminal Background Check:To be completed in accordance with BU Public Safety guidelines and all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Basic Background Check:Includes, but is not limited to, verification of:
Social Security Number;
Licenses and credentials;
Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI) check;
Credit history check;
RMV/DMV driving record, if required.
Medical Clearance Process:includes Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) evaluation, drug screening, initial psychological screening, and immunization/titer level review completed in accordance with NEIDL Medical Surveillance Policy for all employees working at the NEIDL.
Training and Education:to be completed in accordance with Section 8, Ongoing Personnel Reliability Program, for all employees working at the NEIDL.
Individuals seeking or required to have approval to work with Select Agents will be subject to the following additional requirements:
Department of Justice Criminal Background Check and Fingerprinting:To be completed in accordance with CDC requirements as part of application to have access to Select Agents.
Select Agent Use Approval:to be completed in accordance with all regulations including the requirements of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Please note, any individual working in the NEIDL facility and granted unescorted access, is subject to
periodic background reviews, including but not limited to: criminal background, credit history, drug screening, and behavioral evaluations;
periodic checks and regular renewals of security credentials, any applicable licenses, and verification of the successful completion of any required training at the facility
Search of person, clothing and effects prior to entry into or egress from NEIDL
When applicable, individuals will be required to maintain all applicable clearances and licenses and to disclose any changes in circumstances that could compromise access to the facility.
Continued employment/ affiliation is contingent upon strict adherence, at all times, to all applicable safety and security rules, procedures, and protocols, as well as required training regimens.
This is a Grant Funded Position
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.