Vivarium Technician

Full Time

Germantown, Maryland, United States (This job is on-site)

Job description

Scismic is supporting the growth of a biotech company in Germantown, Maryland!

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.

Requirements & Responsibilities

  • 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.

Education & Experience

  • 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.

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