Senior Laboratory Animal Technician

Frederick, MD, USA
Jan 03, 2019
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
The Center for Advanced Preclinical Research (CAPR) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research develops both germline-engineered and transplantation systems-based murine cancer models and employs them to evaluate potential therapeutic and diagnostic strategies for use in the clinic. The Center is engaged in several interdisciplinary collaborations involving multiple investigators and partnership organizations.

  • Animal technical functions such as tail clipping and ear notching
  • Setting up new breeders, breeding plug checks and weaning
  • Checking weekly body weights
  • Animal health observations
  • Dosing by several compound administration routes/methodologies
  • Mandibular bleeds
  • Animal surgeries and diagnostic sampling for inter-building transfers
  • Palpation of animals for tumor detection
  • Data entry and management in several databases and Excelworkbooks
  • Learning, understanding, and implementing required compliance protocols (e.g. Animal Care and Use Committee registries), animal welfare guidelines, and standard operating procedures (SOP)
  • 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
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by a responsible authority
  • Perform a variety of technical procedures on laboratory animals; maintain experimental data, handle a variety of laboratory animals, train animal care
  • Utilize computer skills in the maintenance of computer-based applications/databases
  • Standard Operating Procedures for animal facilities
  • Basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals and scientific procedures in animal testing and data collection

  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent 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
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Will encourage achievement of LATG certification, however this is not a requirement. LAT certification preferred
  • Ability to perform a variety of technical procedures on laboratory animals (rodents)
  • Basic understanding of Mendelian inheritance in order to successfully propagate, maintain and ensure integrity of multiple, complex breeding lines
  • Ability to train animal care and technical staff
  • Ability to keep computer records and maintain/update data in computer-based applications/databases
  • Complexity of breeding colony will require very detailed and accurate record keeping skills
  • Knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures for animal facilities, and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals
  • Experience in animal handling, husbandry and rodent breeding colony management
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

  • LAT certification
  • Knowledge of murine animal husbandry and genetic distribution in genetically modified animals ​​
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)