Sr. Lab Animal Tech

Frederick, MD, USA
Jan 20, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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.


The Sr. Laboratory Animal Technician will perform a variety of duties in support of CAPR animal colony maintenance activities including:
  • Animal technical functions such as tail clipping and ear notching
  • Setting up new breeders, breeding plug checks and weaning
  • 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 Excel workbooks
  • 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


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
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • 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


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
  • 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)