Research Technician I, Necropsy

TITLE AND CLASSIFICATION:  Research Technician I, Necropsy Services / Non-exempt Position

REPORTING LOCATION: Rockville, MD

REPORTS TO: Senior Manager, Laboratory Operations

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: Support in vivo oncology studies in mice as a member of Necropsy Services.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Allocate animals to study
  • Properly euthanize animals according to regulations
  • Assist with gross necropsies (dissection, tissue trimming/collection/preservation, sample collection)
  • Perform preparation activities, including container and tube labeling and room set-up
  • Collect, process and maintain blood and tissue samples
  • Use appropriate anatomic terms and descriptors for lesions
  • Assist with the tracking and shipment of samples to sponsors and diagnostic laboratories
  • Conduct and record data in compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Read study protocols and extract pertinent information
  • Record data using laboratory information management systems
  • Work weekends and holidays on rotating basis

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Experience with preclinical in vivo pharmacology or oncology studies in mice
  • Technical in vivo and data analysis skills
  • Ability to work effectively and productively in a team-oriented environment while maintaining a strong sense of accountability, integrity and confidentiality.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound and accurate judgment in making timely decisions.
  • Superior planning, organizational, computer, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to assist with other duties in a dynamic environment
  • Understanding of animal welfare and clinical testing regulations and standards (e.g. AAALAC, CLIA)
  • Ability to observe safety and security procedures

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • BS degree in biology, pharmacology, or related field, or minimum or 1 year of related experience
  • Experience in contract research animal facility or industry setting is preferred
  • AALAS certification preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Must be able to sit and use hands to finger, handle and feel
  • Must be able to lift and move packages weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time using a computer in a typical office environment in a multi-level facility
  • Some activities require repetitive motion and reaching, pulling or pushing
  • In carrying out the duties of the job there will be frequent exposure to fumes and chemical hazards
  • Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue

This job description may be changed to include new responsibilities and tasks or change existing ones as management deems necessary.