Germantown, Maryland, United States (This job is on-site)
We are seeking candidates to fill the newly created position of Vivarium Technician. The well-qualified candidate will support in vivo efficacy evaluation studies in mice and rats as part of the vivarium team.
- Assist with all functions related to study phase management.
- Ensure timely preparation of stock, pre-study, and study phases.
- Coordinate with Operations, supporting labs, and project leadership to ensure accurate study set-up.
- Prepare, coordinate, and maintain critical timelines for execution of study.
- Provide feedback/suggestions on stock and pre-study cohorts.
- Assist with improving productivity and increase efficiency, provide metrics as necessary.
- Assist in the monitoring and measuring of model failures and revenue delays through a variety of knowledge-based tools (such as study overage, discontinuation of models, and study criteria).
- Monitor, make recommendations, and develop solutions (to mitigate the risks to study delays) for any roadblocks that would inhibit a study date being met.
- Communicate changes for affected departments.
- Maintain and update databases and or other tools as required.
- Assist in training new staff.
- Provide project management and liaise with different in vivo departments including project leadership.
- Assist in creating and reviewing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- Daily data review
- Work weekends and holidays as needed.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
- The physical demands of this position require a healthy individual with dexterity required for handling small animals i.e. mice, and rats and the ability to lift up to 50lbs.
- Ability to work flexible hours.
- Ability to work some weekends and holidays.
- The workplace is an animal research facility and there is potential exposure to zoonotic diseases as well as possibilities of being bitten, scratched by animals.
- Allergic responses may develop to animal dander and animal procedures may sometimes involve exposure to anesthetic gases, radiation and chemicals used to sanitize instruments and room surfaces.
- BS degree in biology, pharmacology, or related field, and minimum of 2 years of related experience.
- Experience performing blood sera processing, required.
- Experience in contract research, animal facility, or industry setting is preferred.
- Experience with preclinical in vivo pharmacology or oncology studies, preferred.
- Demonstrated data analysis skills
- Experience growing xenograft tumors in mice with cell lines, preferred.
- Experience with tail vein injection, intraperitoneal injection, and intra-tumor injection preferred.
- Tumor measurement experience preferred.
- Blood sample collection in small laboratory animals experience required.
- Ability to work effectively and productively in a team-oriented environment while maintaining a strong sense of accountability, integrity and confidentiality.
- Creative problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound and accurate judgment in making timely decisions.
- Superior planning, organizational, computer, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work, and meet deadlines.
- Computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Sharepoint.
- Proficiency in LIMS and procedures used to accomplish data reduction.
- Ability to assist with other duties in a dynamic environment.