The purpose of this position is to support the research goals and studies outlined by the PI/Program Director while ensuring the highest standard of care for the animals in the PCRC facility. Under direct supervision, the junior scientist carries out complex, multi-step laboratory procedures outlined in study protocols, monitors health of small and large animals, and administers IM, IP, SC and oral drugs.
The translational and high regulatory research completed at PCRC requires an extensive and rigorous animal data collection program which includes daily recording and record keeping of raw data and high attention to detail for completing hard copy records and entering into an electronic form for complex studies.
This position also supports the nonhuman primate and rodent behavioral management programs. This includes training for cooperative handling and animal enrichment. This position also supports the surgical teams by prepping and sterilizing surgical packs and instruments, circulating and recording during surgical procedures. Specific duties include:
1. Carrying out complex, multi-step laboratory procedures specified in protocols (70%)
Under direct supervision, perform daily care treatments for large and small animals which include monitoring animal health/disease status, offering supportive care (i.e. oral fluids, nutritional supplements), administer IM, IP, SC and oral drugs, weighing animals, shifting to play areas. Preparing sample collection labels and tubes for blood, tissue and specimen collection. Preparing oral drug therapies for complex nonhuman primate study protocols. This position also supports the nonhuman primate training program for cooperative handling in hand feeding, drinking, shifting and limb presentation in nonhuman primates. This position also supports the surgical teams by prepping and sterilizing surgical packs and instruments, circulating during and recording for surgical procedures.
2. Recordkeeping and data entry (20%)
The translational and high regulatory research completed at PCRC requires an extensive and rigorous animal data collection program which includes daily recording and record keeping of raw data with high attention to detail for completing hard copy records and entering into an electronic form for complex studies. Daily care treatment recording of raw data on daily care records, animal cage assessment, weight record, sample collection, vascular access record and other study paperwork. Hard copy records are quality control checked to ensure accuracy and completeness and then entered electronically for senior staff to analyze.
3. Cleaning, stocking, and organizing workspaces (10%)
This position is responsible for cleaning, stocking, and organizing laboratory workspaces and animal housing areas.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS in Zoology, Animal Science, Veterinary Science or related fields or a combination of related work and education experience to equal 4 years.
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