Research Support Specialist

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


  • 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


  • 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.