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28264 - Laboratory Animal Technician II

Location: Silver Spring, MD 20910
Department: WRAIR
Division: SoBran BioScience
Job Status: Full-Time

Job Description

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OVERVIEW: Responsibilities of this position are that of a Laboratory Animal Technician II for the WRAIR/NMRC, Animal Care Project. These responsibilities include all activities required for the proper care and maintenance of on-site animals. All employees are expected to perform their duties as assigned, arrive to work at 7 am and depart at 3:30 pm (M-F). You will be required to work on the weekends as scheduled. The weekend hours are from 7 am to 12 pm. This position is designated as essential. In addition, you will be expected to work extra hours during emergency situations or if any unexpected situation arise until work is completed. Laboratory Animal Technician II is expected to assist in developing plans to enhance the learning abilities and performance of the staff working on this contract, and to be forward thinking subject expert. The Laboratory Animal Technician II must possess strong verbal communication and teaching skills. The Laboratory Animal Technician II will assist the Program Management in the efficient allocation of the budget, write and maintain reports and develop and maintain an effective relationship with the Government staff.

Primary duties include:

• The Technician II staff shall possess technical knowledge and skills specific to daily clinical rounds, routine veterinary treatments as prescribed by the veterinarian, preliminary health exam of sick, follow-up observations, assistance with technical functions required by research protocols, maintenance of animal medical records, administrative and technical tasks, environmental enrichment, breeding and weaning procedures, and specialized services as directed

• Provide technical knowledge required to support the WRAIR/NMRC animal program. This includes but is not limited to large/small animal enrichment, basic technician skills (gavage, sample collection, capture/restraint, dosing, etc.), and sentinel program management

• Technician II shall perform or assist in providing technical functions required by research protocols, perform animal husbandry - which can include feed, watering, and cleaning cages as required

• Communicates with veterinary support staff, facility veterinarian(s), investigators and other staff members regarding the health of animals and experimental manipulations as needed

• Technician II shall have knowledge of animal behavior and practical experience working with animals to habituate them to new procedures, equipment, and environments through training and positive reinforcement

• Assist the subject matter experts with relevant task-specific technical, husbandry and administrative training to WRAIR/NMRC animal users

• Actively interact with customers as required to solve customer requests, inquiries, and complaints and to provide technical assistance

• Understand and follow all SOPs and Quality Assurance Standards

• Participate in weekly technical or SOP training

• Safely and correctly handle and restrain animals for observation and/or minor procedures

• Collect physiological data (pulse, respiration, heart rate, body temperature, etc).

• Collect, preserve, and prepare blood, urine, fecal samples and skin scrapings.

• Assist with animal receipts and shipping

• Maintain inventory of technical supplies, such as medications, and procedure room supplies

• Reports all animal and personnel issues and concerns to the appropriate chain of command

• Euthanize and dispose of animals per SOP/policy

• Ability to lift at least 50 pounds

• Knowledge of PCs, Microsoft Office software and database systems.

• Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned


BS/BA and 2 years of experience performing duties as a Laboratory Animal Technician is preferred. American Association of Laboratory Animal Science certification at the Laboratory Animal Tech (LAT) level required. Must attain and maintain access to work place as set forth by WRAIR personnel, access and security requirements. Maintain all contract requirements to include quality of work, occupational health (e.g., vaccinations) and training.

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tSoBran, Inc. is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.