Associate Biological Technician
The Associate Biological Technician performs semi-routine or diversified work that requires the ability to differentiate established principles and practices from unique occurrences which may necessitate adapting or modifying methods. Additional specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to carrying out critical phases of various procedures such as the following: May be required to breed and develop animal colonies, collect tissue samples and collect data for routine operations; Work with others in scheduling and carrying out established standard biological assays and present the results as written notes or verbal reports; Perform such tests and assays using appropriate equipment and techniques in areas of biology, simple chemistry, microbiology, and immunology; Prepare animals and samples for testing, observe tests, and detect and report responses; Perform support duties that involve animal health maintenance, i.e. sentinel program, water and feed evaluation, sanitation sampling and testing, and other related tests, as required; May be required to correlate and calculate related data, summarize and record test results and assays; Dissection and removal of internal organs and/or tissues, limited necropsies under management supervision, tissue embedding and microtoming, preparation of specimens for archiving, quality control checks for tissue blocks and slides; Processing tissue and excreta samples from laboratory animals and humans; handling of radio-labeled test materials. Under supervision, may assist with the writing of new or revised procedures. Participate in employee training and ongoing training and education programs as required. The Associate Biological Technician assigned to Veterinary Sciences will be required to perform animal husbandry and care below their level.
The Associate Biological Technician will perform responsibilities in compliance with all applicable SOPs, study protocols, GLP guidelines, and other Federal, State, and corporate policies and guidelines.
The Associate Biological Technician with an Associates Degree and LATG certification will be required to complete their Bachelors (or equivalent) degree in order to be considered for the next highest level.
In addition the Associate Biological Technician will work under guidance and direction, but demonstrate conceptual understanding and ability to initiate tasks. They must follow operational procedures in the performance of daily tasks. Work cooperatively with other employees in efforts to achieve departmental goals. The employee will minimize losses by reporting all errors promptly to their supervisor. The employee will have direct contact mostly with his or her immediate supervisor, with other departmental employees and will have direct contact with research personnel.
The employee must be able to exert moderate physical effort in moving equipment and perform heavy lifting. Medical screening prior to initial placement is required to evaluate for history of allergy, asthma or physical problems which could endanger an employee in this work environment and to evaluate for the presence of diseases e.g. Tuberculosis, which endanger laboratory animals and may require subsequent reassignment. The employee will have frequent exposure to biohazards and disagreeable conditions, including odors, heat, noise, animal excrement and will have potential exposure to toxic test compounds.