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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

The full-time Animal Technician provides a variety of technical, housekeeping, and record keeping tasks associated with nonhuman primates, ferrets and mice. These tasks are performs under general supervision, but spends a major portion of time performing specialized technical procedures necessary to maintain continuous operation of an animal facility or to assist in the conduct of animal experiments.  The Animal Technician may assist an animal facility supervisor in supervisory tasks such as training new employees, scheduling and reviewing work, and writing reports.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Assist with necropsy procedures including tissue collection.

Collects, verifies, and correlates facility records and makes timely reports to the supervisor.

Collects blood, tissue and various fluid samples from the animals.

Performs various IV, SC, intranasal and intramuscular injections.

Performs anesthesia and euthanasia as required.

Read and understand standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for animal facilities.

Perform routine inoculations.

Assist in the processing and shipment of serum/tissue samples.

Attend seminars and training.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

Considerable knowledge of the care and handling of laboratory animals.

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

Knowledge regarding the methods and materials used in laboratory work.

Able to work and communicate professionally with investigators, supervisors and caretakers.

Able to make accurate observations, keep current, accurate, and complete records.

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

3-5 years of experience.

BS in Biology, Animal Science or a related field; or completion of college level Laboratory Animal Technician program; or at least a high school diploma, ALAT, LAT or LAT’G certification from AALAS and at least 1 additional year of experience in biomedical research.

 IACUC COORDINATOR

The IACUC Coordinator oversees and ensures the IACUC conducts its oversight of animal research in accordance with federal regulations, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) standards, and BIOQUAL’s IACUC policies and procedures. This position reports to the IACUC Chair and the Institutional Official (IO).

 Responsibilities for the position include:

With the IACUC Chair; review, update and compile information involving protocols and research animals to determine that BIOQUAL remains in compliance with regulations to ensure appropriate submission of protocols.

 Plan and provide staff support for IACUC meetings to ensure that federal and local requirements and IACUC actions are accurately recorded.

 Collate meeting actions in the database and write and send feedback to investigators and the IO.

 Maintain the database, reconcile annual reports and triennial rewrites, and develop statistical information for use in generating reports required by regulatory agencies.

 Understand and follow all specific standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the submission of Animal Care and Use Protocols (ACUPs) and amendments.

 Act as an additional resource addressing process related questions from employees, supporting researchers and employees on IACUC review status of animal protocols and data storage system.

 Job Requirements/Qualifications:

 Experience working with AWA/PHS (OLAW) regulations regarding animal subject research is preferable.

 Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) Qualifications preferred 3. IACUC specific training is required within 6 to 9 months of starting this position, such as IACUC 101, PRIM &R or AALAS.

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.

 

PROJECT MANAGER

The Project Manager is responsible for the administrative and technical requirements in support of animal housing and technical support services contracts.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Supervise Animal Technicians and Animal Caretakers.

Schedule all work tasks to be performed daily, weekly, and monthly.

Update and maintain animal inventories, perform technical procedures as protocols dictate.

Train technicians in techniques pertinent to their positions.

Coordinate schedules with investigators about projects and experiments to be performed.

Write and review SOPs that are pertinent to company equipment, procedures, and policies.

Write and deliver reports to comply with contract requirements.

Have full knowledge of all aspects of IACUC Protocols and SOPs for assigned projects.

Work with PIs to schedule requested procedures, and notify them of any scheduling concerns that may affect the optimal performance of the study.

Communicate with the client or PI to alert them of anything that would negatively impact the study.

Supply the data to PIs in the fashion requested as soon as requested.

With the Facility and Operations Manager and Facility Director, prepare for and host inspections and site visits, thus maintaining working knowledge of all regulations and facility operations.

Inform veterinarian of sick or injured animals.

Able to work unsupervised and take directions over the phone from a Veterinarian in emergencies.

Be proficient in all technical surgical skills required to perform duties.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Prepare reports for upper management regarding status of projects.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

AALAS Certification; LAT level, LATg +/- Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

At least three years of scientific project experience in a laboratory animal setting.

Demonstrate ability to manage and delegate responsibility to caretakers and technicians.

Ability to communicate in writing and verbally with scientists and researchers.

Understand and use proper safety procedures including training personnel.

Management experience.

  

QUALITY CONTROL SPECIALIST

The Quality Control Specialist verifies and works with laboratory and animal technical staff to maintain the desired level of quality in written and electronic records, reports, and documents by the continued use of inspections, oversight and corrective action plans. They participate in the development and oversight of the company quality assurance plan.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Work with the Facility Directors to develop and implement a quality assurance program and then work to insure that quality goals are met.

Review all quality control laboratory reports and give approval for full scale production of batches meeting company specifications.

Oversee information collection, storage, and archives for the purposes of future government audits.

Develop and oversee a catalog system and organized system of record disposal.

Follow up on the information provided by the post approval monitoring, annual monitoring, and special reporting of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols as required by the outside governing bodies (USDA, FDA, PHS, AAALAC).

Assist in preparation for facility inspections and site visits.

Train staff as needed, either individually or in groups.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science, AALAS certification or equivalent, At least 2 years of relevant job experience in laboratory and animal related field.

 

 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.

3-5 years of laboratory experience.

 

STAFF SCIENTIST

The Staff Scientist is responsible for administrating study protocols. This includes supervising laboratory and animal technicians, developing and coordinating study protocols and schedules with client, preparing final reports and publications.

Responsibilities for the position include:

Technical experience with multiparameter flow cytometry.

Independently manage the studies including planning, data analysis, drafting of protocols, reports and SOPs.

Troubleshoot and train others on flow cytometry methods including sorting.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

 PhD in microbiology, immunology, infectious disease or related field.

 Extensive experience with all aspects of flow cytometry, including instrument standardization, calibration, and assay optimization.

 Proficiency in Flow Jo, Diva or other related software is required.

 Knowledge or experience in working with animals is preferred; working knowledge of NHPs is ideal.

Be able to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.

Must have excellent written and communication skills.

 

 

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

hrdept@bioqual.com

BIOQUAL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state and local laws.

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