full-time position with Laboratory Animal Medicine; 40 hours per week; Monday - Friday; some evening, weekends and holidays may be required; may be required to carry a cellphone and be on call after hours
Run daily operations of a gnotobiotic mouse facility serving the needs of multi-disciplinary researchers on the Johns Hopkins campus. Maintain, organize and keep records on germ free mouse colonies being used for biomedical research within flexible film and isocage gnotobiotic isolators. Role also involves animal weighing, performance of daily health checks, tail biopsies, ear notching or tagging, collection of blood, feces or urine, injections, administration of special diets and/or medications and assisting research personnel with termination of experiments.
Maintain records on animal location, care and facility environmental conditions. Perform facility maintenance, including cleaning, sanitization and sterilization of laboratory surfaces, equipment and supplies as scheduled. Receive and maintain adequate stock of animal care and research supplies. Perform breeding, weaning and genotyping. Follow and regularly evaluate facility procedures, equipment, and physical areas to optimize animal welfare, personnel safety, and the conduct of research as needed. Follow standard operation procedures and policies; communicate with facility manager and director about needed modifications Interact with veterinary staff to ensure animal welfare. Provide training to faculty, staff, post docs, students, and visiting scientists as needed. May be required to supervise 1-2 supporting technical personnel.
Perform other duties as required.
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field. Strong technical and communication skills. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to work collaboratively in a research environment with individuals of varying educational and professional backgrounds (e.g., Animal Technicians, Veterinarians, Research Technicians, and Principal Investigators). Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team are crucial. Demonstrated effective problem solving. Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision. Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
Some related post-undergraduate work experience. Experience in mouse colony maintenance, in vivo models, handling and dosing of rodents and rodent necropsy. Experience with sterile technique, basic microbiology and PCR.
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