Research Technician I, Surgical Services

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


REPORTS TO: Senior Manager, Laboratory Operations

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: Support in vivo oncology studies in mice as a member of the MDC Team.


  • Handle, restrain, and provide care for all animals
  • Observe animals for general health and overall well-being
  • Receive, characterize and orthotopically or heterotopically surgically implant tissue samples
  • Provide perioperative and intraoperative animal care
  • Conduct tumor volume measurements and sample collection for in vitro characterization
  • Perform preparation activities, including collection tube labeling and room set-up
  • Perform blood collection, processing and sample storage
  • Perform various subcutaneous injections
  • Collect, document, and maintain tissue samples within database as well as the tumor bank
  • Conduct and record data in compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Record data using laboratory information management systems
  • Work weekend and holidays as needed


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.