Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Spec, Lab Animal Research

Bethesda, MD, USA
Sep 16, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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.

  • Performing colony management of rodent colonies including designing optimal breeding strategies, weaning, mating, tail-tip excision and maintenance of detailed pedigree records.
  • Maintenance of real time animal colony database (FACILITY)
  • Designing optimal breeding strategies
  • Independently designing and scheduling experimental studies
  • Prepare genomic DNA from tail clips and PCR from genomic DNA to genotype animals
  • Collecting blood and tissues
  • Work schedule may include weekend and holiday hours

  • 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
  • Understanding of Mendelian genetics
  • Experience in rodent breeding colony management and associated procedures
  • Experience in performing experimental procedures
  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures for animal facilities and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals and performing scientific procedures involving animal testing and data collection
  • Ability to wear lift and carry up to 50 lbs. and wear personal protective equipment
  • Ability to work in a team and communicate with management in a demanding scientific environment
  • Ability to keep detailed and accurate computer records and maintain/update data in computer-based applications/databases
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a clearance

  • LAT certification and ability to pass LATG exam within 12 months of hire
  • Excellent observation and organization skills
  • Experience in performing surgical procedures on rodents
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Computer/data entry skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills

  • 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 working in or have the potential to exposure to high noise levels for
    extended periods of time requiring 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)