DIRECTOR, ANIMAL SCIENCE CENTER, BUMC Lab Animal Science Center (9000/H2317)

Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 05, 2017
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Animal Science Center (ASC) provides veterinary care and research support for all animals used in research and teaching at Boston University and Boston Medical Center.  The ASC Director oversees veterinary medical care and husbandry services; assures compliance with all BU policies, laws and regulations concerning the use of animals in research; and provides veterinary medical advice to researchers.  The ASC Director acts as the Attending Veterinarian.  The animal care and use program has a wide variety of species and facilities, including aquatics, rodents, nonhuman primates, and an ABSL-3 and ABSL-4 facility.

This position is a critical component of research activities at BU and Boston Medical Center (BMC), as such the ASC Director and Attending Veterinarian plays two key roles; one as the administrative Director of ASC and the second as the Attending Veterinarian with its key function in setting the leadership of the animal care and use program.  The incumbent will be assisting the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance and Institutional Official in providing service and partnership with the research program at BU; therefore the individual’s communication and interpersonal experiences and abilities in developing teamwork and an environment of inclusion and collaboration is extremely important.

Required Skills

The Director and Attending Veterinarian must have DVM degree from an accredited veterinary program and must be a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and have at least 7-10 years of management experience in an AAALAC-accredited research-intensive academic environment.  The candidate must also possess highly developed interpersonal skills to interact with faculty researchers; and the ability to communicate, organize, plan, supervise, and advise a wide variety of personnel.

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;
    + Academic credentials;
    + Past employment;
    + 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.

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.

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