Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: Ctr for Comparative Medicine Salary/Grade: EXS/7
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Oversees the daily operations of the Center for Comparative Medicine's managed rodent breeding service. Provides direction and guidance to breeding colony technicians to ensure rodent breeding colonies are maintained as specified by the customers (i.e. investigators). Serves as the primary contact between the breeding core and the investigators.
Please Note: Must be able to lift 20 to 25 lbs. Must be able to work staggered shift schedule, overtime, weekends and holidays as required. Must be able to read, write and comprehend English in order to read signage and to read and update animal records. Work space may be small, non-private, and close to other work stations where noise level can be high. This Position requires the individual to be available to work on either the Chicago or Evanston campuses as coverage needs dictate.
Manages and oversees the daily operations of the CCM Breeding Colony
Ensures that the Breeding Colony Technicians perform daily mouse colony maintenance and husbandry.
Ensures compliance with all applicable CCM SOPs by the technicians.
Schedules technicians and assigns responsibility for specific colonies to technicians.
Fills in for technicians during absences to ensure continuity of animal care.
Oversees animal transfers to and from investigators/Chicago campus.
Oversees submission of tissue samples (tail biopsies, ear punch biopsies, or other as requried) for genotyping to investigators or Transnetyx as specified by the investigator.
Administrates the rodent inventory database management software (Mosaic Vivarium)
Sets up new laboratories, personnel, and colonies in the software.
Ensures that accurate colony records are maintained by the technicians.
Trains new laboratories and personnel on the use of the software.
Communicates with Investigators
Communicates with investigators and meets as required to understand research requirements, breeding schemes, and colony specific phenotypes. Becomes familiar with relevant Animal Study Protocols when necessary.
Assists the Senior Clinical Veterinarian (with regards to the breeding colony)
Interviews and recommends new hires.
Manages annual performance evaluation process ensuring that all breeding colony technicians receive reviews and that documentation regarding performance is properly maintained in a timely manner.
Writes, develops and implements SOPs relevant to the breeding core.
Provides support for Veterinary Clinical and Rodent Technical Services
Assists with clinical care as directed by the veterinarian.
Services as the Evanston contact for and provides rodent technical services to investigators.
Participates in the training of animal care staff and laboratory personnel.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Completion of a 4 year degree in animal science, biology, veterinary science, zoology or related field; or an associate’s degree (e.g, veterinary technology) and two years of relevant experience.
Minimum of 5 years of experience as an animal care or research technician working with rodents in a laboratory animal facility.
Certified by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the LATg level at the time of employment, or equivalent education and experience such as managing a breeding colony in a research setting.
Working knowledge of genetics and experience with mutant mouse colonies.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Lab Animal Care
Organization and Multitasking
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Must be able to type and have advanced knowledge of spreadsheet, word processing, database and e-mail software
Prior supervisory experience.
Minimum of 2 years of experience managing large mouse colonies (>200 cages).
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
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