Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Lab Animal Tech

Frederick, MD, USA
Oct 07, 2020
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.

  • Daily tasks associated with the care, breeding and treatment of research animals for experimental purposes
  • Maintenance of a proper living environment for test animals, and observing and recording physical signs of animal health
  • Management of rodent breeding colonies consisting of multiple, genetically complex strains housed in isolators and associated record keeping
  • Specialized technical procedures including tail clipping, animal identification, weaning and collection of routine diagnostic samples
  • Preparation of isolator supplies, routine maintenance and repair of isolators, sterilization/decontamination procedures of isolators, supply inventory, preparing supplies for irradiation, operating water bagger, operating autoclaves and delivering animals
  • Record keeping, data entry and reporting
  • Using personal protective equipment and changing into dedicated facility shoes and clothing before entering the facility
  • Adhering to strict safety protocols
  • Work schedule will include occasional weekend and holiday hours

  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible technical experience which qualifies the candidate to sit for the LAT Certification Exam within 12 months of hire ' or an Associate's degree in Life Sciences or Veterinary Technology. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Will encourage achievement of LAT certification; however, this is not a requirement. ALAT certification preferredAbility to demonstrate efficient performance of standardized operating procedures for animal facility
  • Ability to learn and perform technical procedures
  • Construct and solve simple mathematical equations
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and to wear respiratory protection equipment if necessary
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a clearance.

  • ALAT certification preferred
  • Previous animal holding experience
  • Excellent organizational/observational skills
  • Good written and oral communication 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 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)