Laboratory Animal Research Assistant

University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
Oct 02, 2022
Oct 05, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Job Description The University of Maryland Division of Cardiac Surgery is seeking team-minded individuals as Laboratory Animal Research Assistants in the progressive Xenotransplantation Research Division. This programs ongoing focus has been the outcome of genetically engineered swine hearts when placed in baboons. Success with that program (survivals in excess of 150 days and ongoing). The Research focus is and continues to be on understanding the role of B lymphocytes in Transplantation, especially xenograft rejection as well as transplantation tolerance and immune modulation.Our division recently completed the very first pig-to-human heart transplant The Laboratory Animal Research Assistant is responsible for performing animal research activities and animal clinical care in a laboratory setting with a variety of species. 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. This is a CONTRACTUAL position located on the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus BENEFITS:UMB offers a comprehensive [benefits package]( that prioritizes wellness, work/life balance, and professional development. Contingent Category II staff receive a generous leave package that includes over 2 weeks of vacation each year, paid holidays, personal leave, sick time, and time for community service; subsidized comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; professional learning and development programs; limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB; life insurance and long-term disability; and flexible work schedules and teleworking options (if applicable per job). UMB employees are strongly encouraged to follow all CDC recommendations related to COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses. Employees whose job duties require them to work in clinical settings or at clinical or field sites continue to be subject to the vaccine requirements of those sites. For additional information on protocols and exemptions, please visit the [COVID-19 website]( Essential Functions: Perform routine laboratory maintenance and research activities such as: general housekeeping, daily observations of animal health, collection of cultures and biological specimens for diagnostic testing and monitoring of animal health, reporting outcomes to veterinarian, triage, administer specific or prescribed animal treatments as required; diagnostic molecular (ELISA), bacteriological, or biological assays, breeding colonization processes, irradiation of blood products, and executing biochemical procedures such as: electrophoresis, blotting, chromatography, and DNA extractions, etc. May require performing psychological enrichment of certain species. May perform advanced laboratory research activities on variety of animals species such as: obtaining blood, bone marrow, and tissue samples, perform animal surgery, post-operative care, implantation or placement of medical devices, administration of pharmaceuticals and nutrients, including anesthesia, and perform euthanasia process. May participate in the design of research studies and assist with budget tasks for research studies/projects. Compile and may analyze research data using various relevant computer software applications. Assist with literature research, editing and preparing manuscripts, scientific illustrations and computer graphics for publication. May perform administrative duties such as: training and guiding students and/or other laboratory technicians; assisting in developing policies, procedures and/or methods for laboratory experimentation; and ordering supplies. Performs other duties as assigned. Qualifications Minimum Qualifications: Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, agriculture, veterinary science, biochemistry, chemistry, or field of study related to animal science. Certification/Licensure: Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) or Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) preferred. Other: May consider a combination of directly related experience and education. Scope of Role: Accomplishes responsibilities by applying specialized and theoretical knowledge, principles, and concepts of a professional discipline normally acquired through advanced education or specialized training. Resolves issues and significant matters on behalf of management by utilizing independent judgment, discretion, creativity, and analytical thinking. Contributes to the development and evaluation of goals and objectives. Creates solutions to ensure legal and policy compliance. May supervise, mentor, or coordinate work of others (positions that supervise are responsible for service delivery, quality assurance, and employee performance). May independently manage or administer programs, processes, projects, or resources. Applies entry-level knowledge, concepts, principles, and skills. Decision-making occurs within defined parameters. Supervisor defines assignments, expectations, and deadlines. Supervisor may review work for quality. Demonstrates initiative and discretion to resolve routine and non-routine matters. Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience (Low to mid $40K) UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at []([ ]( If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a [UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request]( You may also contact []( Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address. Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff Shift: Day Job Organization: School of Medicine - Surgery Job Posting: Sep 7, 2022 Unposting Date: Sep 21, 2022, 10:59:00 PM