Animal Facility Manager

Ke'aki Technologies, LLC
Fort Detrick, MD
Jun 04, 2018
Jun 18, 2018
Full Time
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Support the following major areas of research: Animal facility maintenance, animal care, and husbandry Animal acquisition Animal study support Maintaining the health of the animal colony Supporting the animal regulatory program Support SIV research for the Division of Clinical Research. Health monitoring, housing, nutrition, hygiene, written and computerized record keeping in the BSL-4 research environment. Animal handling, restraint, technical laboratory animal procedures, use of specialized laboratory equipment including but not limited to telemetry, performance of laboratory procedures, surgery, observations, and euthanasia. Veterinary medical care, veterinary medical assistance, pathology services, and animal health quality assurance. Additional Laboratory Animal technician support as necessary to support activities at the customer s division in Poolesville. Receiving, identification and local transport of inventory services, animals, feed, bedding, supplies, equipment and correspondence including coordination of animal imports involving interactions with the government and overseas contacts. Coordinating the schedule and transportation of animals and/or supplies between animal facilities and investigators laboratories and other destinations. Collecting specimens, administration of oral or parenteral medication and research reagents, individual animal identification, providing surgical support, animal restraint, and maintaining records and animal health support services as required and in accordance with approved Animal Study Proposals (ASPs), SOPs, and Intra-agency agreements (IAAs), and laboratory support services as directed by a designated Government contact. Developing and maintaining animal health surveillance programs, including executing appropriate specimen collection to monitor the effectiveness of sanitization and sterilization procedures, monitoring appropriate cage wash parameters (defined in the SOPs), monitoring incoming animal shipments for container integrity and animal health, monitoring the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and internal facility monitoring data for deviation from pre-established parameters, other quality assurance services as deemed necessary (e. g. water cultures) by SOPs. Providing scientific/clerical/administrative/computer management (database, internet webpage, intranet webpage) support to the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) in coordination with the program of animal care and use and support to user Institute or Center (IC) in accordance with IAAs. Cleaning, sanitizing, sterilizing, and performing preventative & emergency maintenance of the equipment, supplies, and facilities as outlined in ASPs and SOPs. Conducting compliant waste management activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulatory requirements, agency policies and any future guidance stipulated by the Radiation Safety Branch or the Environmental Protection Branch, as well as facility SOPs. Collection and handling of newly generated Medical Pathological Waste (MPW) and chemical waste in support laboratory missions shall be processed, packaged, and stored or delivered to designated areas for pick-up. Assisting with the development of new SOPs and modifying existing SOPs subject to COR approval as necessary to ensure that SOPs reflect currently acceptable work practices. Providing animal environmental enrichment consistent with veterinary and IACUC standards. Comply with the NIH Division of Occupational Health and Safety requirement for satisfactory completion of the Biosurety program and Select Agent program. Play a role in ensuring that the Biosurety program promotes a security conscious culture. Comply with the physical security, protection of the division s property, protection of information, cyber security, agent protection, control and accountability, safe disposal and waste handling, and personal security guidelines set forth by the division s Biosurety program. Degree/Education/Certification Requirements: AALAS certified Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) or a certified Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) currently in training to become certified at the LATG level. Minimum of a high school diploma with preference given to those with aB S. degree in animal science or other biological sciences Required Skills and Experience: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident. The Facility Manager must have at least five years of experience working in an animal facility, two of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. Ability to obtain/maintain DoJ Security Risk Assessment (SRA) approval. Must be willing to be immunized with licensed and FDA approved Investigational New Drugs (IND) recommended for persons at risk to occupational exposure of biological agents Must be willing to participate in periodic drug screening. Must have the ability to obtain/maintain certification in Chemical Personnel Reliability Program and/or Biological Personnel Reliability Program. Must have the ability to obtain/maintain CDC Select Agent Program approval. Willingness to work under BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 conditions. Able to wear respiratory protection. Desired Skills and Experience: Experience in specialty areas such as rodent and rabbit facilities management, nonhuman primate facilities management, barrier management, biohazard containment and data management shall be required. Comparative medicine research experience Familiarity with hospital tools such as endoscopy, cardiac telemetry monitors, and Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Single Positron Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Ultrasonography imaging to systematically evaluate the pathogenic processes and clinical course of disease in animal models exposed to microbes. Experience with viral Select Agents is highly desired Good Laboratory Practice experience is preferred. Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Basic understanding of laboratory information management systems (LIMS) Demonstrate interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills, Demonstrate ability to ability to work independently, design experiments, and analyze data

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