SoBran is seeking a Program Support Specialist to serve at our facility in Silver Spring, MD
OVERVIEW: Responsible for all activities required for the proper care and maintenance as determined by the statement of work for animal care and support.
Description of Duties:
- Perform duties of a cage wash technician or animal caretaker, or technician as dictated by the needs of the institution’s statement of work and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for new or current position openings:
- Clean and sanitize animal caging and accessory equipment
- Perform routine cleaning and preventative maintenance according to SOPs
- Process clean caging and accessory equipment appropriately, including putting bedding into cages and autoclaving cages and supplies
- Assist in sanitation and decontamination in all areas of the facility as assigned
- Understand and follow appropriate SOPs, safety procedures, and quality assurance guidelines for all animal biohazard safety levels
- Prepare and submit required support documentation as directed
- Maintain clean and organized work and personal areas
- Report any abnormal conditions of the animal facility or immediate vicinity to supervisory staff
- Receive, examine, transfer, identify, and properly house incoming animal shipments according to SOPs
- Provide food and water to animals following SOPs or approved protocols
- Assist with the restraint and manipulation of various animal species
- Perform daily animal health surveillance checks and report any abnormal conditions of either the animals or the animal room environment to supervisory staff
- Perform routine animal husbandry
- Maintain a daily animal census in assigned animal rooms
- Remove weanling animals to separate cages.
- Maintain accurate and detailed records
- Maintain animal health records
- Perform prescribed treatments on animals
- Read and understand technical requirements state in Animal Study Protocols and discern discrepancies between technical request and ASP's
- Perform or assist investigators with technical procedures, these include but are not limited to immunizations, bleeding or experimental animals, harvesting tissues or organs using aseptic techniques, peritoneal lavages, cell counts, food or liquid consumption studies, and splenectomies.
- Perform procedures requiring various levels of biohazard containment
2. Ability to be flexible in work duties and environment
3. Ability to handle changing work locations in short to long term increments
4. Ability to travel locally and outside the immediate Northern Virginia/Maryland area if needed, to include the use of personal transportation
5. All other duties as assigned by Division 50 management.
Requirements: Must have a bachelor's degree or a combination of a high school diploma or equivalent plus related animal experience. Must attain certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) when eligible. Must have basic animal handling or lab animal industry experience and a desire to work with multiple species to include but not limited to rodents, rabbits, non-human primates as well as work in animal biosafety levels 1 to 3. Must complete the required training and receive clearance on the duties as they are assigned as outlined on the attached sheet or outlined on the job description for the position the individual is delegated. Must be eligible to obtain Select Agent and LEVEL 2 FBI clearances.