Technician I / II / III, BioResources

Lake County, IL, US
Aug 09, 2019
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

• Maintain cage wash equipment: tunnelwasher, rack washer & autoclave
• Maintain cage wash areas
• Order, receive, and autoclave feed, bedding, and water
• Process caging
• Clean laundry & maintain laundry
• Environmental monitoring on bottle filler, rack & tunnel washers
• Operate the hydropac system
• Perform PO, IV, ID, IP, and SC injections
• Perform non- survival blood collection methods such as cardiac puncture and vena cava bleeds

• Perform euthanasia methods such as CO2 and exsanguination
• Perform animal ID such as ear punching, ear tagging, and ink marking
• Perform survival blood collection methods such as tail vein and retro orbital
• Perform formulation preparation
• Perform arthritic model scoring
• Perform anesthesia of rodents

• Perform tissue harvest collection/necropsy
• PK/Tox support
• Provide assistance with animal health and environmental monitoring & equipment validation
• Keep inventory of departmental supplies and stock
• Learn and perform specialty services such as endoscopy procedures and imaging
• Train other technicians, contractors, and interns

• Perform facility weekly walk-throughs
• Review weekly logs, sanitation records, equipment certification, supply/stock expiration, etc...
• Other duties as needed


  • High School/GED is required AND at least 5 years prior technical experience in area(s) of specialty
  • Technical training completion/certification or associates degree may substitute for up to 2 years of required experience.
  • Knowledge of basic regulatory requirements.
  • Communication Skills - Ability to concisely communicate key issues to stakeholders
  • Analytical Skills - Ability to assess issues that arise, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information as needed, and identify key issues that need to be addressed.
  • Computer Literacy - Basic competence of spreadsheets, word processing, and email and knowledge of computerized maintenance management systems and purchasing systems.
  • Planning - Ability to design, plan, organize and implement tasks within an allotted timeframe.
  • The candidate will be comfortable and proficient in performing exploratory toxicology studies in rodents (rats and mice).
  • The candidate should be proficient in humane rodent handling skills, dosing by oral gavage, intravenous, and intraperitoneal routes, bleeding from the tail vein, assessing health, and performing humane euthanasia.
  • The candidate will be required to utilize a computer system to record all activities and observations.
  • The candidate will be required to work with potentially hazardous compounds, using appropriate precautions for the safety of the candidate and co-workers, and to prepare dosing formulations.
  • The candidate will be required to interact and communicate effectively with peers, animal husbandry staff, veterinary staff, toxicologists, and collaborating scientists.
  • At all times, the candidate must adhere to the highest standards of animal welfare and personal conduct consistent with Abbvie values.
  • Once the training period is completed, the candidate will be required to work full-time days on Saturdays and Sundays as part of a standard work week. A standard schedule will be either Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday OR Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.
  • The candidate should have a working knowledge of computer operation and office productivity software.
  • The ideal candidate will also have post mortem examination (necropsy) experience. There are opportunities for expanding the candidate's responsibilities beyond those identified as core job responsibilities.

Posting Grade: 7 / 8 / 9

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