Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Veterinary Technologist Supervisor, for Office of Research and Economic Development. The incumbent in this position oversees and directs the daily operations and management of the 400-tank aquatics facility including the aquatic housing systems, husbandry practices, and animal care personnel in compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and procedures. The Veterinary Technologist Supervisor also provides technical assistance with zebrafish experimentation, ensures user compliance with IACUC protocols, and ensures that institutional policies, CMR guidance documents, AAALACi and OLAW standards, and other practices applicable to the provision of fish husbandry and care are adhered to at the facility level.
Among the key duties of the position are the following:
Ensures that aquatic housing systems, mechanical tank washing equipment, and related facility equipment required for the daily provision of animal husbandry and care is functioning properly and maintained in good working condition and repair.
Assesses and responds to tank water quality monitoring alarms and communicates the nature and resolution of critical alarms to research personnel.
Ensures that static tank maintenance, feeding of special (non-standard) diets, tank changing procedures, and other procedures performed by research personnel are conducted in accordance with established practices and timelines.
Promotes effective communication and collaboration that fosters and maintains productive working relationships with Comparative Medicine Resources (CMR) veterinary and husbandry staff, investigators and research personnel, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety group, and other entities involved with the animal care and use program.
Maintains animal health and fish import/export records and generates sick reports, facility health status, and keeps research staff training records.
Generates invoices for supplies and services provided by department to research staff.
Provides adequate supply of wild-type fish for generating larvae and performs fin clipping and PCR screening, injections of morpholino oligos or CRISPR/Cas for generation of mutant lines, and matings to generate desired genetic lines.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on veterinary technology, biology, animal science, or other related science, or equivalent combination of education and experience; plus a minimum two years of experience in a large, shared zebrafish resource core facility managing the daily operations, and supporting a variety of customers and research interests.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge and experience with management and operation of a research zebrafish facility.
Master's degree with an emphasis on veterinary technology, biology, animal science, or other related science.
Five years of experience in a large, shared zebrafish resource core facility managing the daily operations, and supporting a variety of customers and research interests preferred
Certification by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at any of level of animal technician (ALAT, LAT, LATg)
Experience in advanced molecular biology techniques including qRT-PCR, cloning, sequence analysis, Western blotting and cell culture
Equipment includes, but is not limited to: water filtration and monitoring equipment; injection station, autoclaves; ultrasonic instrument cleaner; laminar flow hoods; microscope; dissecting microscope; centrifuge and microcentrifuge; incubator; waterbath; needles; pipettes; digital camera; eye wash; computer; fax machine/printer; laminator; PCR machines, electrophoresis equipment, needle puller; brine shrimp farming equipment
Materials include, but are not limited to: tanks, inserts, filters, food
Software includes: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access; Outlook; PowerPoint; Publisher); Internet Explorer; Adobe Acrobat; custom web-based animal care program management software
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Position requires employee to walk, stand for several hours when participating in research studies or biological specimen collection, and conducting inspections of animal facilities and laboratories. Must be able to lift 20lbs.
Valid New Jersey driver license and two years of driving experience.
Must participate in the occupational health program for animal workers, which requires a pre-placement medical evaluation.
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