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BIOQUAL, Inc. is fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) and has a long history of providing state-of-the-art facilities and trained, experienced research scientists, veterinarians and animal care personnel for clients involved in infectious disease investigations, cancer research, and a wide variety of other in vivo and in vitro studies including those requiring Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) documentation and conditions.

 

ANIMAL CARETAKER

The full-time Animal Caretaker performs standardized procedures associated with operation of a laboratory animal facility under general supervision. An animal caretaker performs any combination of duties to attend animals including nonhuman primates, ferrets, lagomorphs and rodents. This includes tasks in animal care, sanitation, operations support, quality control and technical assistance. He/she performs these duties under supervision until skill, training and understanding of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are demonstrated.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Understand and follow appropriate procedures according to animal species as presented in Facility SOPs.

Feed and water animals according to schedule set down according to animal species and/or research protocol.

Clean and sanitize cages, water bottles, racks, and animal rooms.

Understand and operate cage washer and autoclaves.

Examine animals daily for signs of illness or reactions and reports such observations to the animal technician supervisor or the Project Director.

Monitor and record humidity and temperature in appointed rooms daily, noting unusual sounds, odors, and ventilation changes.

Perform all tasks in a way to minimize or prevent transfer of infection.

Know structure and meaning of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar as well as basic signs/symbols used in Veterinary Medicine.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

Handle laboratory animals
Lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Bend, stoop, and stretch
Operate animal care equipment
Wear respiratory protection

 

ANIMAL TECHNICIAN

Full-time Animal Technician (AT) performs specialized technical procedures necessary to operation of animal facility, or in the conduct of animal experiments.  The AT will perform all procedures in compliance with company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); ensures compliance with external regulations and guidelines; provides support to management staff.  Work is performed with some independence within established methods and procedures under the general supervision of an administrative superior.  The AT will support surgical or technical procedures on multiple species, including dose administration, sample collection, euthanasia, necropsy, anesthesia, surgical preparation, and recovery. AT must be able to perform health assessments, analgesic management, and medical care under veterinary supervision. Maintain procedure rooms with appropriate supplies and sanitize as necessary.  Maintain accurate documentation and research confidentiality.  Job has potential for exposure to biohazards, chemicals and animal allergens. Job may require immunization, depending on exposure to various species and agents. This may include but is not limited to Tetanus, Rabies and Flu.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Has extensive experience with small and large laboratory animals including rodents, ferrets, rabbits and non-human primates.

Proficient in the collection of various samples including blood collection, body temperature, and body weight.

Collects, records and verifies data such as clinical observations, body weights, food and water consumption and experimental treatment.

Collects and submits specimens from the animals as required by animal care and use protocols as well as to measure animal colony health.

Collects, verifies, and correlates facility records such as: temperature and humidity readings, equipment performance and maintenance.

Administer treatment according to prescribed instructions.  Performs various injections such as ID, IM, IV, SC, and IP.

Perform basic necropsy procedures and collect specimens such as blood, tissue and nasal washes.

Produces reports such as animal room inventories and records of experimental procedures.

Receives and schedules work requests from supervisors.  Answers inquiries and responds to emails.

Operates, cleans, and performs routine maintenance of laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, microscope, and water bath.

Maintains assigned lab room and stock of supplies.

Provides some supervision of caretakers regarding care of animals, animal handling, collection of data and some specimens.

Required to work under both ABSL-2 and ABSL-3 environment.

Performs other related work as required.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

A BS in Biology, Animal Science or a related field; or completion of college level Laboratory Animal Technician program; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience is preferred.

Alternatively, employee must have at least a high school diploma, ALAT certification from AALAS and 1 year of experience in biomedical research.

Must have considerable knowledge of the care and handling of laboratory animals.

Must have knowledge of the biology and physical characteristics of animals used in research and the ability to recognize signs of illness and abnormalities.

Must have knowledge regarding the methods and materials used in laboratory work.

Must have the ability to work and communicate in a professional manner with investigators, supervisors and caretakers.

Must have ability to make accurate observations, keep current, accurate and complete records.

Must have ability to read, understand and interpret written and oral instruction and perform math calculations in conduct of experimental procedures.

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

The Maintenance Technician performs duties as assigned which contribute to the proper functioning and appearance of the facility.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Perform a wide variety of general building maintenance and repair services.

Install light bulbs, doors, bulletin boards, and cabinets.

Paint interior and exterior walls; assemble furniture.

Perform preventative maintenance and equipment repairs.

Keep equipment records of repairs and preventative maintenance performed.

Keep all work areas and mechanical rooms clean, safe and well organized.

Create and maintain a good parts and material inventory and accountability of tools.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

At least 2 years of maintenance experience

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

The full-time Research Associate is responsible for conducting in vitro experiments in order to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific investigations. The Research Associate should be familiar with the SOPs relating to the laboratory for which they take responsibility for carrying out routine tasks accurately and following strict methodologies to perform a variety of analyses. They must have experience in laboratory techniques that are supportive of the intended research provided in approved protocol.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Perform all functions required studies. If manipulation of animals or animal related specimens is required, appropriate SOPs according to animal species must be understood and followed.

Prepare specimens and samples necessary for carrying out studies.

Understand and follow the appropriate SOPs for operation of standard laboratory equipment, for example freezers, centrifuges, scales, biocontainment hoods, pipetters, incubators and pH meters.

Record, interpret, and prepare electronic results to present to Study Director or PI.

Ensure the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced.

Keep up with technical developments in specialty fields within which they are responsible.

Follow and ensure strict safety procedures and safety checks, including knowledge of aseptic techniques for handling infectious or potential infectious organisms.

Know structure and meaning of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar as well as basic signs/symbols used in Veterinary Medicine.

Assist with report writing, SOP writing, and GLP compliance.

Interact professionally with clients.

Train new laboratory members in laboratory techniques.

Operate complex laboratory equipment such as PCR machines, TAQman analysers, high speed centrifuges, flow cytometers, ELISA readers, Elispot readers, and clinical pathology analyzers, Design assay system independently.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

BS in a Scientific Research Field

SECURITY GUARD

The Security Guard maintains a controlled facility/environment, under the supervision of the Security Manager.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Monitor, operate, and maintain any and all security surveillance equipment (i.e. closed circuit televisions, alarm system, etc.).

Inform the proper personnel/authorities in an emergency and take appropriate action.

Maintain a complete daily log and incident reports.

Check all visitors in and out, making sure employees have the proper I.D. and company badges when necessary.

Make sure any and all items belonging to BIOQUAL, Inc. have the proper authorization before being allowed to leave the premises.

Handle any unauthorized assembly or meeting on Company property.

Monitor the switchboard after normal business hours and on weekends and holidays.

Consistently adhere to all safety procedures and standard operating procedures which are essential for successful operation of a facility involved with biohazards.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

HS Diploma, or equivalent
1 year of security experience

 

BIOQUAL offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including:

  • Medical and dental insurance,
  • Life and long-term disability insurance,
  • Paid sick and vacation leave,
  • 401(k) Retirement plan,
  • Tuition reimbursement program.

Individuals interested in these positions should download and fill out the following  application in PDF format, then email or mail to addresses listed below:

BIOQUAL EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Human Resources Director
BIOQUAL, Inc.
4 Research Court
Rockville, MD 20850-3220
EEO M/F/D/V

hrdept@bioqual.com

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