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Senior Laboratory Animal Technician (NCI)

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Job Number:
652210
Job Category:
Scientist / Research & Development
Location:
BETHESDA, MD US
Schedule:
Full-time
Travel:
None
Shift:
Day Job
Potential for Teleworking:
No
Clearance Level Must Currently Possess:
None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain:
Public Trust
Description:
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.


KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES

THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING APPROVAL


The Senior Laboratory Animal Technician will be responsible for:

  • Performing specialized tasks associated with the maintenance, care, breeding, testing and treatment of genetically complex mouse strains, which includes tail clipping, animal identification and weaning
  • Rodent colony and experimental database management and reporting
  • Specialized rodent technical procedures that include collection of blood and tissue specimens, administration of drugs and tumor cells, performing surgical procedures and injections, tumor measurements and tumor palpation
  • PCR-based genotyping and DNA extraction, analysis and reporting of genotyping data
  • Observing and recording physical signs of rodent health
  • Work schedule may include weekend and holiday hours
  • Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous material, including biological and chemical carcinogen materials, or may be located in areas where such materials are used and the use of personal protective equipment and adherence to strict safety protocols will be required


Qualifications:
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Any combination of education and progressively responsible technical experience which qualifies the candidate to sit for the LATG Certification exam within 12 months of hire or bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or Veterinary Technology.  Will encourage achievement of LATG Certification, however this is not required.
  • Experience in animal handling, husbandry and rodent breeding colony management
  • Experience performing injections (e.g. intraperitoneal and intravenous) and a variety of technical procedures on laboratory animals
  • Technical proficiency, judgment and organizational skills are required to effectively manage a significant and complex workload
  • Proficiency in performing rodent related techniques such as injections via various routes, blood and tissue collection
  • Ability to work in a team and communicate with management in a demanding scientific environment
  • Ability to keep detailed and accurate computer records and maintain/update data in computer-based applications/databases
  • Knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures for animal facilities and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals and performing scientific procedures involving animal testing and data collection
  • Ability to lift to 50 lbs. and to wear respiratory protection equipment if necessary
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a clearance

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • LAT certification


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