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SoBran is seeking a Research Support Specialist III to serve at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
OVERVIEW: Responsible for all activities required for supporting / maintaining animal colony and relative studies for the Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology (LMIV) located at NIH facilities.
Description of Duties:
Manage multiple animal studies running concurrently in different phases, by following and complying respectively with the Animal Study Proposals
Perform technical duties associated with the lab’s Animal Study Proposals such as obtaining blood films, withdrawals and smears, performing IP, IM, and SQ injections in the above mentioned species
Obtain biological sample collections to support and maintain parasitology studies with Plasmodium sp
Maintain animal colonies and organization of animal inventory associated with the lab’s Animal Study Proposals to include monitoring of procedures, maintaining the amounts of animals used and animal procurement
Set up animal protocols to include writing and following relative SOP’s
Maintain integrity of the research process by following good laboratory practices including detailed accurate record keeping of methods, routine animal observations, data collections as well as procurement, processing, and preservation of specimens so as to maintain sample identification and prevention of cross contamination
Ability to learn the skills to perform a wide variety of laboratory procedures and techniques which may include, but are not limited to: cell culture, clinical/diagnostic microbiology, DNA analysis, isolation, purification and sequencing, flow cytometry, gene cloning, manipulation of radioactive isotopes, natural product isolation, organic synthesis, peptide synthesis, protein analysis, RNA isolation, parasite manipulation and isolation from host animals, parasite detections, etc.
Ability to learn the skills to perform the calibrating and operating of a variety of laboratory instruments used to perform tests, analyses, and other laboratory procedures
Practice universal precautions appropriate to different levels of ABSL. Work safely with animal / human pathogen biohazard’s, and help to maintain the research animal facility as a safe work environment / operation
Maintain optimum care and maintenance of research equipment, for the routine hygiene and disinfection of research implements, and acting as a facilitator for entry of service personnel and facility users
Schedule time in expectation for meetings with investigator’s, outside the facility if necessary, to assist in coordinating animal research needs
Skill in determining the specific experimental data needed and the best approach and methods to obtain these data. Ability to adapt and modify established approaches and methods to meet experimental objectives. Skill in interpreting and evaluating the significance of experimental data as related to the specific project or assignment
Skill in written communication to prepare summaries, graphs, and other material for internal reports, manuscripts or presentations
Serve as the main “point of contact" or “Liaison” for the Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology in conjunction with the Comparative Medicine Branch contract staff
Report any animal health, care, and / or well being concerns to the appropriate facility management staff
Report any facility infrastructure, relative to the animal holding areas and support areas, to the appropriate facility management
Ability to work planned flexible hours and travel between NIH facility locations to ensure research needs and experiments are carried out to comply with appropriate timelines to include weekends and holidays as needed
Ability to interact with all personnel in a manner which promotes a professional work environment
Perform other duties as assigned
Education Required: Bachelor of Science and LAT certification preferred
Experience Required: Must have 2+ years of relevant technical experience with rodents and/or non-human primates. Must have experience in laboratory animal care and computer program proficiency such as MS Word/Excel/email application. Must have a proficient technical vocabulary and experience working with the following animal species: non-human primates, rodents (mice and rats), rabbits, and guinea pigs. Must have some laboratory bench experience and must know how to prepare dilutions of chemicals.
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