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Research Technician II - United States  

Charles River (company)

Posted on : 16 April 2017

Project Description



  • Serve as lead/primary technician for multiple basic and complex in-life studies simultaneously. Collect and record data with minimal supervision in the performance of studies. Responsible for handling and restraining animals, clinical observations, sample collection, monitoring food consumption, animal husbandry, and performing accurate data collection and reporting. Administer test substances by various basic and intermediate methods.  Serve as a mentor to less experienced staff. 
    Serve as lead/primary technician for basic and complex in-life studies. 
    Administer test substances by various basic and intermediate methods.
    Perform in-life technical procedures (e.g., clipping, handling, binding, removals, body weight, dosing).
    Collect and record research data and biological specimens in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLPs), study protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). 
    Input, print and edit computer entries (e.g., in life numbers, body weights, food consumption and clinical observation). 
    Observe animals for general health and overall well being.
    Assist with reviewing and updating processes and SOPs as assigned. 
    Prepare and maintain study notebooks and develop basic forms. 
    Document deviations and incidents with supervision. Assist in filing and addressing deviations through memoranda. 
    Read and review routine study type protocols and extract pertinent study information. Assist with review of complex and specialized study type protocols.
    Review documentation of functions performed as part of quality control requirements.
    Periodically review data as generated/collected by less experienced technical staff. 
    Retrieve and view SOPs using appropriate database. 
    Use GLPs and SOPs processes and company policies when performing all job functions.
    Handle, restrain, and provide care for all species of laboratory animals at the site.
    Perform study preparation activities including collection tube labeling and room setup as needed. 
    Maintain clean work areas (e.g. laboratory area, primary enclosures, animal exam areas). 
    Receive animals (e.g., general health observation, sexing and identification) of all species, if applicable for the site. 
    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in animal or life sciences or related discipline. 
Experience:  1-3 years experience in animal research and/or husbandry; multi-species experience preferred or must have fully satisfied technical and experience requirements for the previous level. 
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the LAT level preferred
Other:  Ability to handle common laboratory species.  Proficient in basic technical skills and the operation of data collection equipment. Knowledge of GLPs and other federal regulations and guidelines relating to the care of laboratory animals. Understanding of routine study design and protocols.
Employees must be able to lift, move, manipulate, and/or hold heavy objects up to and including 50 pounds; this includes work materials, equipment, and/or animals.
Must be able to perform procedures, which require, talking, hearing, standing or sitting for long periods of time, entering data into a computer, using appropriate instruments, reaching with hands and arms, working in narrow spaces, and wearing safety equipment (PPE) according to OSHA regulations and company standards.
Must be able to frequently firmly hold species while utilizing fine motor skills.  
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Works in a research environment, which requires use of sharp objects, working around mechanical parts, working with or near known or unknown toxic or caustic chemicals and/or biological hazards, exposure to fumes and airborne particles, working at noise levels ranging from moderate to loud.
The employee regularly works with live animals with risk of exposure to allergens, zoonotic disease, and biohazards.  
The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to high depending upon the species housed. 
This position requires overtime, weekend, holiday, and/or after hours shift coverage, as needed.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet