Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Animal Care Supervisor

Frederick, MD, USA
Sep 11, 2020
Science/R&D, Zoology
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.

  • Schedules work of several animal care groups
  • Supervises the feeding, cleaning, and general welfare of assigned animals
  • Ensures that physical and health examinations are performed on animals on a routine basis, and coordinates animal health program with responsible veterinarian
  • Ensures animals are properly received and housed
  • Ensures that work area is maintained in a clean and safe manner
  • Interviews and screens employment applicants
  • Determines personnel requirements and initiates personnel actions
  • Audits section records for compliance with regulations and standards
  • Trains animal care personnel to include standard operating procedures, company policies and procedures, and training on microisolator technique and the proper handling and disposal of chemical and biological materials
  • Maintains records on employee training
  • Supports research requirements as needed
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by a responsible authority
  • Communicate effectively, supervise personnel, and lift and carry up to 40-50 lbs.
  • Perform a wide variety of technical procedures required for the maintenance of laboratory animal colony
  • Appropriate regulations, departmental standard operating procedures, and Company policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of standard animal laboratory practices

  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of four (4) years of related experience, including one (1) year in a supervisor capacity
  • Ability to handle laboratory animals
  • Ability to understand, safely work with, and train animal care staff on biological and chemical hazards
  • Basic computer skills and ability to comprehend and become proficient in using relevant database software
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent organization and observation skills
  • Experience working with biological and chemical hazards
  • Experience with microisolator technique
  • Experience working with immune compromised rodents
  • Experience with rodent colony management including a basic understanding of Mendelian genetics

  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to animal(s) and/or animal material(s)
  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations
  • This position is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator,
    requiring a medical clearance
  • This position is subject to the environmental conditions such as working outdoors, high humidity
    areas indoors, dampness and chilling, dry atmospheric conditions, etc. as part of the job

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)