Research Support Specialist

Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Salary
Fulltime with Health, Wealth and Leave Benefits
Posted
Feb 23, 2021
Closes
Mar 25, 2021
Research Area
Development
Position Type
Full Time
Level
Mid Level

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Review, comprehend and comply with all SOP's and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific area. 
  • Supports and assists in research protocols and works independently of day to day oversight.
  • Provides technical and husbandry support for rodents within the facilities.
  • Ensures that cages are labeled correctly with information regarding strain or lineage, sex and sexual status of mice and rats.  Updates cage cards as necessary.
  • Provides animal identification, i.e. ear notching, tail tattoo or transponder, as indicated.
  • Monitors availability of space and caging and communicates that information to the PM.
  • Monitors environmental parameters and reports problems to the PM.
  • Assists with the supervision of specialized care of animals including preparation of special diets and medicated water, care of immature, aged and special animals.
  • Conduct daily health assessments and report findings to the Attending Veterinarian.
  • Administer drugs or treatments to animals as directed.
  • Ensure that proper veterinary care and treatment for animals is maintained and records are documented completely.
  • May be required to perform IP, IM. ID, and SQ injections, oral gavage, submandibular, eye, and cardiac bleeds, full body perfusion and dissection.
  • May be required to become proficient at performing surgical services such as jugular, carotid, or femoral vessel cannulation; CSF collection; stereotaxic intracranial implants; and liver resection.
  • Interface with research staff to assist with logistics and scheduling of projects, and conduct research and laboratory support services as directed
  • Conducts behavioral testing on rats and mice to assess locomotor, cognitive, sensory, and emotional function.
  • Complies with safety policies, procedures and SDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances.
  • Handles large, aged rats gently and calmly
  • Maintain all related logs and spreadsheets for data storage
  • Maintains required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education:  HS diploma or GED equivalency required.
  • Experience/Certification:  1-year experience with research animals + LAT certification OR Bachelor of Science in Animal Science or similar + 3 years of experience working with research animals OR 10-13 years of experience working with research animals.