COMPARATIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST IV

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COMPARATIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST IV
Lab Animal Resources

Occupational Summary

The Management Track is an entry level management position under the mentorship of an Operations Manager and includes management of direct reports, issue corrective action procedures, approve time off requests, and monitor attendance in accordance with policy and procedures. In addition, and at the discretion of the Operations Manager or designee, will perform selected duties listed under the Facilitator Track. Position is expected to participate in professional development courses, as specified by management, designed to maximize development of management competencies. Position may be expected to participate in weekend on call rotations.

Work Performed

1. Assumes management of direct reports, as described above, under the mentorship of the Operations Manager.
2. Performs all duties and responsibilities of the CMS I, II and III levels, and serves as back-up in their absence.
3. Performs daily work involving the handling of conventional and genetically engineered animal models, animals with immunocompromised health status, infectious disease studies, and animals recovering from surgery or other invasive procedures, neonates etc.
4. Performs duties within various animal biosafety levels.
5. Provides guidance and training to CMS I - III and research staff; facilitates small group and team building activities.
6. Assists Operations Manager or designee with purchases of supplies or other management duties in their absence or as assigned.
7. Continuously improves facility operations and pilots these changes in a small group; evaluates successes and failures and reports these findings to the Operations Manager.
8. Communicates with veterinary staff on a daily basis about all health observations and confirmed conditions; assists in the development of new operations approaches that are likely to minimize the incidence of common problems. Communicates with the PIs as directed by the veterinary staff about health concerns that can be prevented and instructs DLAR or research staff on methods to accomplish this.
9. Monitors anesthesia and assists in surgical manipulations during the conduct of operations on animal subjects; responds to anesthetic emergencies to ensure that animals receive care in accordance with the best veterinary and nursing practices.
10. Monitors and ensure that post-operative procedures are in compliance with Duke Policies and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
11. Performs diagnostic procedures including CBC, serum chemistry, serology, microbiology, parasitology, radiology, and necropsies as necessary.
12. Assists the Operations Manager with all animal importations and exportations making sure that animal identification, strain nomenclature and proper transportation equipment (transgel, nutritional supplements, sterilized bedding, escape proof containers, etc.) are used.
13. Performs initial inspections of incoming or newly arrived animals assuring that they are acclimated and appear physiological stable prior to research initiation.
14. May provide specialized technical assistance to DLAR veterinarians and investigators. Serves as a resource to investigators in the preparation and conduct of their approved protocols.
15. Implements breeding programs for DLAR and investigators.
16. Implements environmental enrichment program and assess animals for behavioral problems; change enrichment devices based on knowledge of behavioral problems and proper therapies.
17. Assists in quarantine, isolation, and housing of animals in the Duke facilities with any special health concerns to protect the health of other colony animals.
18. Assists in the conduct of CMS meetings and training as scheduled by the supervisory staff.
19. Works weekends and holidays as assigned.
20. Complies with DLAR and Duke Policies and standard operating procedures.
21. Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Proficient in verbal and written English and Mathematics pertinent to standing the duties of this positions and situations encountered in the animal facility. Proficiency will be determined by written examination and interview conducted by DLAR staff. Demonstrated proficiency (didactic and practical) for core DLAR SOPs. Ability to lift and move 50 lbs. on a regular basis. Computer experience in software including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook preferred. Customer-focused attitude and enjoys working with similarly dedicated persons in a team fashion within a high-energy research environment. Ability to learn bar code and electronic/PDA technology. Capable of working independently and supervising 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 may be required and will be provided when required, accompanied by appropriate training.

Requisition Number
401536874

Location
Durham

Duke Entity
MEDICAL CENTER

Job Code
3505 COMPARATIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST IV

Job Family Level
09

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. Must have a valid driver's license LAT certification required; LATG certification preferred

Experience

Five years of laboratory animal care experience. Supervisory experience preferred. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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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: 1/5/2019
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