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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 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.

Qualification Requirements:

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.

OPERATIONS MANAGER

This full-time position manages the personnel in the administrative, veterinary technical, animal care and support positions to include verifying that BIOQUAL policy, procedures and Quality standards are followed. The Operations Manager insures that applicable federal, state and company regulations are adhered to and that client needs are appreciated.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Management of personnel in the animal facility, to include administrative, veterinary technical, animal care and other support positions.  Meeting and reporting to Facility Director as required.

Training of staff as needed, either individually or in groups.  Maintenance of training documentation.

Visual inspection of technical procedure being performed and the clinical animal records and all supporting documentation taken by technical staff in order to determine that the procedures are correct and the animal records are complete, and all information is accurate and true.

Visual inspection of animal care areas, to insure that company SOPs and federal regulations are being followed.

Verification of electronically stored data that is generated and stored in-house, including data based, clinical records, shared file systems are true and accurate, and up to date.

Oversee an inventory of technical and animal care supplies, and manage the ordering of these supplies.

Provide input and assistance with special orders and special purchase requests, such as meeting with vendors and requests for quotes.

Follow up on the information provided by Post Approval Monitoring, Annual Monitoring and Special Reporting of Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) protocols as required by the outside governing bodies (USDA, FDA, PHS, AAALAC).

Assist in preparation for facility inspections and site visits; for instance CDC, USDA, FDA, AAALAC, client visits, etc.

Interact with clients and investigators, either internal or external, to meet the needs of the company and the scientific study.

Receipt of study materials and supplies from client; oversee maintenance of inventory of these items.

Coordinate with the building Facility Manager, and other BIOQUAL employees and managers as needed.

Perform veterinary technical duties as needed.

Other duties or assignment as needed.

Qualification Requirements:

Must have Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science

AALAS Certification at LATg level

At least 2 years of relevant job experience in laboratory field

Must have demonstrated management experience

STUDY COORDINATOR

Full-time Study Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and project management of laboratory animal studies.  Coordinates costing models, submission/review/approval process of animal protocols, study schedule development, samples collection procedures, immunizations/challenges and report generation.  Duties performed are overseen and inspected by outside agencies, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) and Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).

Responsibilities for the position include:

Oversee and coordinate research studies from conception to completion.  Has regular contact with various company divisions to coordinate their assigned roles on the study and maintain regular communication concerning the study schedules.  These contacts include animal care and laboratory personnel, Principal Investigators, Project Managers, Facility Directors, Veterinarians, Facility Maintenance, and Human Resources.  Regularly communicates with all of these various divisions and personnel to ensure study schedules are maintained and there are no conflicts with other ongoing studies.

Assist accounting and pricing analysis personnel to ensure that research studies are cost properly and all aspects of the proposed study are included in the quote.  Responsible for tracking labor and M&S charges to ensure they match the scope of work.

Ensure that all study reports are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.  Provide documentation (e.g., animal inventories, facility procedures) as needed for AAALAC, USDA, and OLAW annual reports.  Responsible for maintaining information gathered on a study and relaying that information to the investigator in a timely manner.  Assists with entry of study information into the relevant company databases.  Reviews reports generated from the database for errors and ensures reports are delivered in a timely manner.

Ensure that the work performed by the technical staff meets the requirements of all applicable state, federal, and industry guidelines and that Company SOPs are adhered to, and that all staff assigned to work on projects are appropriately trained with the training appropriately documented.

May perform technical research procedures, including sample collection, to the specifications outlined by the Investigator.  Ensures that research samples are collected, processed and shipped as directed by the Investigator.

Perform other duties as assigned, within the skills and capabilities of the individual.

Qualification Requirements:

BS degree in a related field and a minimum 4 years of relevant laboratory animal experience.  Understands and communicates in English to include functional reading, math and written skills.  AALAS LAT certification required.

Knowledge of federal laws and industry guidelines required concerning laboratory animal welfare.  Possess keen attention to details, able to initiate and organize projects and multitask.

Intermediate to advanced computer/PC skills in MS Office and Outlook.  Must be detail-oriented, dependable, motivated, ability to work with minimal supervision.  Strong/effective interpersonal skills, both communication and written & able to communicate with all levels of Management and staff required.

 

 

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 submit their resume and 3 references to:
hrdept@bioqual.com

or

Human Resources Director
BIOQUAL, Inc.
4 Research Court
Rockville, MD 20850-3220
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