Laboratory Animal Research Specialist OR Supervisor
The Translational Therapeutic Research Group (TTRG) with the University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) Department of Neurosurgery and Greenebaum Cancer Center at UMB is seeking a Laboratory Animal Research Specialist OR Supervisor. The job will be filled as either a Specialist or Supervisor, dependent on selected candidate's qualifications. This established position within the TTRG is responsible for animal husbandry and protocols, brain tumor modeling using a novel transgenic rodent line, and general lab procedures and management.Responsibilities will include performing animal research activities and animal clinical care in a laboratory setting with a variety of species mainly rodents. All work is performed in accordance with animal welfare regulations, USDA, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Public Health Services (PHS), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), Association for assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) guidelines.The ideal candidate for the TTRG Laboratory Animal Research Specialist or Supervisor will elevate and enhance the TTRG by applying specialized and theoretical knowledge, principles, and concepts. Strong communications skills and the ability to work on ambiguous matters generally without precedent or structure and independently develop standardization and protocols are preferred.UMB was ranked one of America's Best Large Employers by Forbes Magazine (Feb 2021).BENEFITS:This EXEMPT position offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.This EXEMPT position offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.PRIMARY DUTIES:Animal Husbandry and Protocol
- Functions as a single specialist in a laboratory setting, is responsible for providing high-level technical expertise to research project(s), and must follow and complete advanced pathways to provide an animal ‘whole body care’ as it applies to the area of specialty to achieve this job title. Ensures design, development, documentation and implementation of research procedures and protocols using a variety of complex activities. Performs laboratory animal (mice and rats) support activities such as surgical, anesthesia, enrichment, diagnostics, good laboratory practice, internal-medical and biohazardous research and may contribute advanced support to the design of related activities. Animal handling and general health monitoring, stereotactic surgery, tumor passaging, IV/IP/SC injections, animal breeding and genotyping, etc. Manages brain tumor models and transgenic colonies. Independently perform laboratory maintenance and laboratory research activities required by the study(s). Participate in and may lead the development and execution of project research studies. Perform procedures utilizing specific skillsets or advanced treatments as dictated by the veterinarian in charge. Revise studies, in consultation with upper management or principal investigator, to meet changing needs and requirements and enforces standards. Assemble and assist with project reports, literature research, editing and preparing manuscripts, scientific illustrations, and computer graphics for publication. Compile, analyze, and interpret research data using various relevant computer software (Word, Excel, Endnote, PowerPoint, GraphPad) applications. Present research findings. Prepare material for journal articles and grant proposals.
- Provide day-to-day laboratory operations oversight including monitoring and/or advising on project budgets, ensuring quality control and safety compliance, developing policies and procedures; ordering supplies general housekeeping; daily observations of animal health; collection of cultures and biological specimens for diagnostic testing and monitoring of animal health; diagnostic molecular (ELISA), bacteriological, or biological assays; breeding colonization processes; executing biochemical or hematopoietic procedures such as: bone marrow aspirations, complete blood count, white cell differential, electrophoresis, blotting, chromatography, PCR and DNA extractions, etc. Identify and address issues and deficiencies and implements effective solutions. Maintain the IACUC protocols (surgical documents, procedural forms, inspection reports), animal ordering and colony numbers, personnel documentation and training. Supervisor position will require candidate to perform directorial duties such as: training and guiding students and/or other laboratory technicians; developing policies, procedures and/or methods for laboratory experimentation; and ordering supplies. Perform other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Specialist:
- Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, agriculture, veterinary science, biochemistry, chemistry, or field of study related to the animal science.
- Experience: Three (3) years of experience working with animals in a research laboratory setting or in an animal hospital is preferred, including two (2) years in the relevant research specialization in rodent/multi-species clinical
- Supervisory Experience: N/A
- Certification/Licensure: Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist (RLATg), Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), or Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certifications preferred.
- Other: May consider a combination of directly related experience and education.
- Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, agriculture, veterinary science, biochemistry, chemistry, or field of study related to the animal science. Experience: Five (5) years of experience working with animals in a research laboratory setting or in an animal hospital is preferred, including three (3) years in the relevant research specialization in rodent/multi-species clinical evaluation/procedures. Supervisory Experience: One (1) year of direct supervision or responsibility for training, work coordination, and monitoring the work of others. Certification/Licensure: Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist (RLATg), Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), or Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certifications preferred. Other: May consider a combination of directly related experience and education.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Medicine - Neurosurgery
Job Posting: Mar 30, 2021
Unposting Date: Apr 13, 2021, 10:59:00 PM