Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Assist in animal research at LARC facilities through application of skills in veterinary clinical medicine, compliance/regulatory oversight, conduct training, and provide customer service. Duties include, but not limited to:
Assist veterinarians and supervisors in performing animal clinical care, compliance/regulatory functions, process improvement, and other related tasks (medical evaluations, supportive medical treatments and procedures, surgery, anesthesia, diagnostic testing, necropsy, checking protocols, maintaining inventory supply, performing audits/inspections, outcome tracking, cost analysis, etc.) and with communication between appropriate persons/entities as a liaison (investigators, staff, vendors, EHS, regulatory bodies, inspectors, etc.).
Create, maintain, and verify proper record keeping and documentation (animal health clinical records, surgery and maintenance records, controlled drug use logs, quality assurance testing, equipment preventative maintenance, GLP records, EHS and other safety documents, daily activity sheets) in a regulatory environment. Create organizational and tracking documents, procedural descriptions, SOP's perform data entry, and generate reports.
Discuss and demonstrate proper techniques and procedures by providing information as a leader, trainer, and subject matter expert to research faculty, staff, and junior technicians on assigned topics (methods of animal handling and bio-manipulation, aseptic technique, suturing, anesthesia/analgesia, euthanasia, record-keeping, chemical/biological safety, breeding/colony maintenance, bio-protection, quarantine, sentinel programs, general LARC procedures, etc.). Create, maintain, and update training materials and informational resources (handouts, visual aids, formal and informal presentations, content for e-training and online platforms, SOP's, procedural descriptions). Apply methods to assure comprehension and understanding on training topics (performance assessments, questions/answer, testing, discussion, etc.).
Provide technical support services for investigators (product research, troubleshooting, assistance with surgery, anesthesia/analgesia, dosing calculations, treatments, sample collection, necropsy, testing, establishing breeder colonies, weaning litters, record-keeping, and communication with PI labs, etc.). Perform other duties as assigned.
Maintain proper sanitation, environment, and bio-protection status of surgical support, pharmacy, necropsy, diagnostic units, and other assigned support locations. Serve as a back-up to other LARC staff when needed (husbandry, cage wash, admin), especially during times of low staffing or campus emergency.
Participate in continuing education and training to grow in knowledge of topics related to the care and husbandry of laboratory animals and to keep up-to-date in the field (laboratory animal medicine, laws and regulations, chemical and biological safety, environmental health and safety, occupational health and safety, controlled substance requirements, anesthesia/analgesia/surgery, bio-manipulation techniques, etc.).
REQUIRED: High School Diploma or equivalent, plus 5 years of relevant animal care experience, and AALAS level 2 certification and supervisory skills; OR Bachelor’s Degree in life or animal science or related field, plus 2 years relevant animal care experience and supervisory skills.
Possess a valid driver's license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University.
Able to have direct physical contact with multiple species of animals. Willing to participate in Occupational Health Program for LARC employees, including receiving immunizations recommended by Occupational Health Services. Ability and willingness to participate in emergency on-call and/or after-hours call-back work when assigned. Computer use and basic familiarity of software programs for word-processing, data entry, creation of presentations, record keeping, and e-mailing.
Ability to effectively communicate and exchange information with others in multiple formats, including people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and attitudes. Ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks with frequent interruptions. Ability to self-schedule and meet deadlines. Maintain confidentiality. Ability to work both independently and as part of a cohesive team, contributing to a positive work environment. Training of novice and experienced employees, including non-native English speakers. Ability to work in ABSL -1, -2, -3 areas as well as work with chemical hazards (increasing levels of mental concentration required). Able to pay close attention to detail, perform accurate dosing calculations independently, perform quality record-keeping, use of good judgment and decision making.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Very heavy and strenuous work, often involving very heavy lifting, (racks of filled water bottles, 25 pound bags of feed), and pushing (animals to 250 pounds), repetitive motions, bending, lifting, some delicate operations (drawing blood, giving injections, surgical cutting). Standing up and/or sitting down for prolonged periods of time, ability to work wearing appropriate PPE, ability and willingness to shower in and/or out of animal housing rooms.
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