Laboratory Animal Technician III (Non-Human Primates)

SoBran Inc.
Silver Spring, Maryland
Sep 25, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Join The Winning Team…Team SoBran - We are an industry leader in designing professional animal care programs, managing animal facilities, and providing high quality technical support for laboratory animal research projects. At SoBran, we care about people. SoBran's success hinges on our employees. We maintain a professional environment and ensure that our people have the tools and training to achieve; and opportunities for learning and advancement. Our employees' individual talents contribute to our success! We thank you for your interest in SoBran. 

SoBran is seeking a Laboratory Animal Technician III (NHP) at the WRAIR/NMRC in Silver Spring, Maryland.

OVERVIEW:   Responsibilities of this position are that of a Laboratory Animal Technician III, Nonhuman Primate (NHP) for the WRAIR/NMRC, Animal Care Project. These responsibilities include all activities required for the proper care and maintenance of on-site animals.

All employees are expected to perform their duties as assigned, arrive to work at 7:00am and depart at 3:30pm M-F.  You will be required to work on the weekends as scheduled.  The weekend hours are from 7am to 12:00pm.   In addition, you will be expected to work extra hours during emergency situations or if any unexpected situation arise until work is completed.  You will serve as the subject matter expert in your assigned area.  Laboratory Technician III (NHP) is expected to create and assist in developing plans to enhance the learning abilities and performance of the staff working on this contract, and to be forward thinking subject expert.  The Laboratory Technician III (NHP) must possess strong verbal communication and teaching skills.  The Laboratory Technician III (NHP) will assist the Program Management in the efficient allocation of the budget, write and maintain reports and develop and maintain an effective relationship with the Government staff.                       

  • In the performance of their daily duties, the Laboratory Animal Technician III (NHP) shall possess advanced technical knowledge of non-human primate colony health management to include, but not limited to daily colony health examinations, clinical observations of sick animals, health assessments, experimental manipulations, providing animal treatments as instructed by the veterinarian, and providing technical support (e.g. animal handling and restraint, injections, sample collection, treatments, minor surgical preparation, anesthetic recovery, post-operative observations, and assist with research procedures as directed).
  • Technician shall perform or assist in providing technical functions required by research protocols, perform animal husbandry - which can include feed, watering, and cleaning cages as required.
  • Provide environmental enrichment and/or behavioral assessments and maintains animal health records.
  • Communicates with veterinary support staff, facility veterinarian(s), investigators and other staff members regarding the health of animals and experimental manipulations as needed.
  • The Laboratory Animal Technician III (NHP) shall have knowledge of animal behavior and practical experience working with animals to habituate them to new procedures, equipment, and environments through training and positive reinforcement.
  • Provide relevant task-specific technical, husbandry and administrative training to WRAIR/NMRC animal users.
  • Utilizing didactic and hands-on technical training methods, provide initial and refresher training to maintain and enhance employee skills and capabilities related to laboratory animal techniques.
  • Actively interact with customers as required to solve customer requests, inquiries, and complaints and to provide technical assistance.
  • Works with contract training staff to formulate teaching outline and determine instructional methods such as individual training, group instruction, or demonstrations to attain task proficiency.
  •  Understand and follow all SOPs and Quality Assurance Standards.
  • Participate in weekly technical or SOP training.
  •  Safely and correctly handle and restrain animals for observation and/or minor procedures.
  • Collect physiological data (pulse, respiration, heart rate, body temperature, etc).
  • Collect, preserve, and prepare blood, urine, fecal samples and skin scrapings.
  • Assist with animal receipts and shipping.
  • Maintain inventory of technical supplies, such as medications, and procedure room supplies.
  • Euthanize and dispose of animals per SOP/policy.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Knowledge of PCs, Microsoft Office software and database systems.
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS/BA and five years of experience performing duties as a Laboratory Animal Technician is preferred.
  • Required to be AALAS certified at the LATG level. 
  • Must attain and maintain access to work place as set forth by WRAIR personnel, access and security requirements. 
  • Maintain all contract requirements to include quality of work, occupational health (e.g., vaccinations) and training.

Our commitment

SoBran, Inc. is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.