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COMPARATIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST III

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COMPARATIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST III
Lab Animal Resources

Occupational Summary

Serve as Team Leader by providing guidance and training to CMS I-II and research staff; or as a primary responsibility to perform duties of a highly technical or complex nature. Facilitate smallgroup activities and team building. Conduct daily health surveillance and report findings to veterinary staff using written or electronic media in accordance with applicable standard operating procedures; may provide husbandry to laboratory animals, maintain animal inventory records and room maintenance records, and may perform facility sanitation in animal facilities. May be responsible for scheduling specific manipulations or duty rosters, perform or assist in surgical procedures, assist in post- operative care cases, collect research specimens or critical data points, or manage health assessment/health assurance programs for a variety of species.Familiarity with the regulatory requirements as outlined in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals is part of the position's responsibility. Written and oral communication with research staff is necessary. Work schedules are assigned by the Program or Operations Manager, Veterinary staff, or designee for specific areas or animal facilities. This position requires weekend and holiday work hours, and involves daily exposure to laboratory animals and their waste products.

Work Performed

1. Able to perform all duties and responsibilities of the CMS I and CMSII levels, and serve asback-up in their absence.
2. Perform daily work involving the handling of conventional and genetically engineered animal models, animals with immunocompromised health status, animals recovering from surgery or other invasive procedures, neonates etc.
3.Perform duties within various animal biosafety levels.
4.Serve as team leader by providing guidance and training to CMS I andII and research staff;facilitate small group activities and team building.
5.Assist Operations Manager or designee with purchases of supplies orother management duties in their absence or as assigned.
6. Look for ways to continuously improve facility operations and levelout work; pilot these changes in the team; evaluate successes and failures and report these findings to Operations Manager of facility.
7.Communicate with the veterinary staff on a daily basis about all health observations and confirmed conditions; assist in the development of new operations approaches that are likely to minimize the incidence of common problems. Communicate with the PIs as directed by the veterinary staff about health concerns that can be prevented and instruct the research staff on methods to accomplish this.
8.Monitor and ensure that post-operative procedures are in compliance with Duke policies and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
9.Work with Veterinary Diagnostic Lab to perform specimen collectionsandassist with diagnostic procedures such as parasitology testing, necropsies, etc., as assignedby facility Operations Manager.
10. Coordinate receipt of animals for their area of oversight. Perform initial inspections of incoming or newly arrived animals assuring that they are in good health and that the animals in shipping containers meet the specifications of accompanying shipping records. Assist Import/Export and Transfer Specialists with animal importations, exportations, and transfers, making sure that identified animals are selected and properly routed.
11. Provide specialized technical assistance to veterinarians and investigators. Serve as a resource to investigators in the preparation and the conduct of their approved protocols.
12. Implement breeding program for the Division and investigators.
13. Implement environmental enrichment program and assess animals for behavioral problems; change enrichment devices based on knowledge of behavioral problems and proper devices.
14. Assist in quarantine, isolation, and housing of animals in the Duke facilities with any special health concerns to protect the health of other colony animals.
15. Assist in conducting CMS meetings and trainings as scheduled by the supervisory staff.
16. Work weekends and holidays as assigned.
17. Comply with Division and Duke Policies and standard operating procedures

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Proficient in verbal and written English and Mathematics pertinent to the duties of this position and situations encountered in the animal facility. Ability to lift and move 50lbs. on a regular basis. Long periods of standing. Customer-focused attitude and enjoys working with similarly dedicated persons in a team fashion within a high-energy research environment. Ability to learn computer, bar-code and electronic/PDA technology. Capable of working independently and leading the work of others. Ability to make decisions regarding daily facility operations and to address unusual situations that arise within the animal research facilities. Able to clearly, respectfully, and timely correspond with researchers in writing and orally in a manner that is customer-focused while assuring regulatory compliance.The animal facility has a variety of environmental conditions. Specifically, employees may be exposed to noise, dust, chemicals, extreme heat, and animal waste products. The duration of exposure of any of the above is dependent on assigned duties. Some aspects of this position may expose the incumbent to potentially fatal zoonotic diseases. Appropriate protective clothing and equipment maybe required and will be provided when required, accompanied by appropriate training.

Requisition Number
401523268

Location
Durham

Duke Entity
MEDICAL CENTER

Job Code
3504 COMPARATIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST III

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, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
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

High School diploma or equivalency degree. Three years of laboratoryanimal care experience. ORAssociates Degree or higher in veterinary or related science from anaccredited institution.Must have a vaild driver's license.ALAT certification required; LAT certification preferred.Team leadership or supervisory experience preferred.

Experience

One year of lab animal care experience.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

Auto req ID

107325BR

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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Posted: 11/27/2018
Application Due: 1/26/2019
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