About the department
Our US Research & Development (R&D) hub, located in the Greater Boston area, brings together the best talent to drive life science innovation, from early research through late-stage clinical development. By combining the speed and agility of biotech with the quality, resources, and stability of a large pharmaceutical company, our US R&D hub will benefit from the best of both worlds to develop new medicines that meet the needs of patients.
Global Discovery and Development Sciences (GDDS) Boston, part of the US R&D hub, is building a new state-of-the art animal care facility in Lexington to support our growing in vivo pharmacology activities.
Responsible for providing a high level of animal care and husbandry, coordinating and performing regularly scheduled facility maintenance tasks, and contributing technical assistance to research projects in the NNRC rodent facility. Serves as leader among Animal Technicians and provides some supervision, guidance, and training of junior staff.
Reports to Manager, Animal Research. Internal relationships include working with Animal Technicians, Attending Veterinarian, Lab Operations Specialist, Research Technicians, Research Associates and Research Scientists locally and globally.
- Animal Husbandry:
- Coordinates with investigators and performs colony management
- Coordinates with investigators on ordering, receiving, and housing of incoming animals
- Maintains and updates animal colony database
- Performs and records daily animal health and welfare observations
- Performs and records daily food and water checks
- Performs and troubleshoots breeding, weaning and genotyping
- Performs clinical treatments with guidance from Veterinarian
- Prepares clean cages and changes soiled cages as scheduled
- Washes and sanitizes caging and accessories as needed
- Assists in development and refinement of SOPs
- Supports compliance in relation to IACUC approved protocols, established industry guidelines and standards and facility related SOPs and policies.
Supports vivarium programs, including microbiological and environmental monitoring, sentinel, clinical care, pest control, etc.Facility Maintenance:Cleans, sanitizes and sterilizes laboratory surfaces, equipment and supplies as scheduledCoordinates with Research Operations group and building engineers for facility related issuesInteracts with vendors for troubleshooting, repairs, and scheduled preventative maintenanceObserves and records facility environmental conditionsOrders, receives, and maintains adequate stock of animal care and research suppliesPerforms preventative maintenance on laboratory equipmentProvides some supervision and training of junior staffTechnical Assistance:Administers basic injectionsPerforms animal identificationPerforms basic tissue/organ harvestsPerforms post-procedural monitoringPerforms sample and data collectionPerforms animal weights
QualificationsMinimum 5 years ' working with rodents in a laboratory animal facility required (SPF-barrier is preferred).High School Diploma or equivalentAALAS certified as LAT or ability to obtain within first year preferredAbility to review comprehend and comply with all standard operation procedures (SOPs) and quality assurance standards pertaining to laboratory animalsAn attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and genuine care for animalsFamiliarity with AAALAC accreditation standards is preferredGood working knowledge of Microsoft Office SuiteMust be able to work weekends and occasional holidaysProficiency in rodent husbandry, genetics, anatomy, and technical procedures/techniquesSome experience in supervising others
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