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Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) for the Animal Studies Committee (ASC) located at the Medical School Campus.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
The hiring range for this position is $16.67 - $22.51 per hour.
A Research Animal Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement (QA/QI) Compliance Liaison is primarily responsible for providing education to the principle investigators and their staff in support of the QA/QI program on behalf of the Animal Studies Committee (ASC.). This person is part of the QA/QI staff and serves as an extension of the program to further educate principle investigators and their staff on the federal laws, regulations, the Guide, ASC Guidelines and University policies as it relates to their animal research. This individual will also assist the QA/QI staff in conducting lab inspections where research is performed to assure principle investigators and their staff are conducting animal research in a humane, responsible and scientifically sound manner. This person will also serve as voting or alternate member of the Animal Studies Committee (ASC).
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Enhance the educational component of the QA/QI program by working more closely with investigators and their staff to help them implement what they’ve learned through training modules, the Division of Comparative medicine (DCM) hands on training, ASC guidelines, etc. into their daily lab activities. Provide additional monitoring of all PIs/protocols placed on probation by ASC. Serve as a liaison between the various groups (PIs and their staff, ASC, DCM, etc.) at WUSTL to help researchers get the support they need.
Assist with conducting lab inspections on ~ 500 labs across multiple campuses one-two times each year; monitors for compliance and identifies inspection deficiencies; educates research personnel on nationally accepted standards; conducts follow up re-inspections where deficiencies are noted to ensure recommended changes have been instituted
Prepare inspection reports /re-inspection reports, with minimal supervision, and submit to designated reviewers (QA/QI Coordinator, ASC Chairman and a Veterinarian) for approval; draft letters to investigators, on behalf of ASC Chairman, identifying inspection deficiencies and recommended course of corrective action or as a follow up from re-inspection.
Serve as a voting or alternate member of the ASC; review and evaluate animal use protocol submissions, provides feedback on protocol content and recommendation for approval status; attends ASC monthly meetings; Participates in the semi-annual review of the WU animal care and use program, inspection of the DCM managed animal facilities and site visits from regulatory agencies.
Identify opportunities for continuous improvement (i.e., need for SOP development, updating ASC guidelines, etc.). Maintain knowledge of current information and issues relating to animal research and engages in professional development activities.
Minimum of 2 years of practical veterinary technician experience in a research setting working with a variety of species or a minimum of 4 years of experience working in a research setting with rodents.
REQUIRED LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: Veterinary Technician Certification (RVT) and/or Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification is desired; if candidate does not have LATG certification through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), certification should be acquired within the minimum time frame allotted based on exam qualification criteria
Previous educational/training background and surgical experience is strongly desired.
Surgical Research Technician (SRT) certification.
CRITICAL SKILLS AND EXPERTISE: Working knowledge of regulations, policies, and nationally accepted standards regarding the care and use of animals in research, testing, and instruction; demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize and manage tasks of varying complexity, and manage confidential information; attention to detail is imperative; effectively work, educate and communicate with investigators, their lab staff, and a variety of individuals at all levels of the organization; ability to maintain complete, accurate, and organized records/reports; excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to overcome language barriers; familiarity working with computers and experience using Microsoft Office Professional software (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, Access); ability to overcome adverse circumstances in a firm but diplomatic manner; maintain current knowledge/information of laboratory animal science and issues, and engage in professional development activities as available.
Offers made for this position are contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment screens, including a criminal background check, hair sample drug screen, and verification of required professional licenses, registrations, or certifications.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
This position is grade R08.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
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