- Job ID:
- 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215
- Research Laboratory
- Employment Type:
- Full time
- Work Location:
- Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
- Provides direct oversight and training for staff performing technical services and health monitoring of colony animals. As needed, this position may be required to participate in providing technical services and health monitoring to ensure the health and welfare of laboratory animals. Technical services include but not exclusive of, IP, IV, SC, IM, ID injections, blood withdrawal, basic necropsies, anesthesia, and irradiation. New surgical procedures may be adopted and taught to staff as required. Responsible for performing humane euthanasia in accordance with established institutional procedures. Responsible for establishing and maintaining rodent breeding programs for DFCI Investigators.
- Ensures all technical procedures performed follow all institutional, city, state and federal regulations and guidelines, including AAALAC-I, OLAW, CDC, USDA IACUC and Animal Users Group.
- Assist DFCI Investigators who are required to have their cell lines tested for rodent pathogens. Serves as the liaison for off-site housing at Taconic, CRL, etc., and is responsible for assisting Investigators with establishing mouse colonies and transferring mice back to DFCI.
- Executes performance evaluations by determining the competency and performance of subordinate staff. In conjunction with the Animal Resources Facility (ARF) Directors and when applicable Human Resources, initiates and approves personnel actions including hiring, transferring, suspending, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining and arbitrating grievances. Ensures appropriate staffing to meet the current needs of services and with the Senior Director, predicts future needs to accommodate the growth of programs and services.
- Responsible for maintaining inventories and accurate records of controlled substances in accordance with DEA regulations. This includes responsibility of the locked drug box. Assures that all areas under supervision have sufficient inventories of supplies, equipment and items needed to conduct the day-to-day activities.
- Communicates regularly and works collaboratively with Investigators to provide quality of services in a timely manner. Assures that accurate technical service records are maintained, and Investigators and their staff receive legible, complete and accurate reports.
- Provides support for the ARF sentinel and health monitoring program, including collection of live animals or tissues (e.g., serum, feces) for submission to contract testing laboratories.
- Carries out the importation of laboratory animals that includes arranging for receipt of health reports for incoming animals, ensuring receipt of Materials Transfer Agreements (when necessary) and fecal sample collection for rodent pathogen testing while in quarantine. Arranges for shipment of samples collected for testing from quarantine and colony animals.
- Arranges for the exportation of colony animals to facilities inside and outside of the United States. This may involve preparation or completion of detailed documents that must be approved by the USDA and the importing country’s regulatory personnel.
- Assures that animal colonies are monitored for sick, impaired or dead animals and triages emergency and routine situations as required. In conjunction with the Attending Veterinarian, initiates veterinary prescriptive care for sick, injured or impaired animals (if approved by the PI).
- In conjunction with the Attending Veterinarian and the Institutional Biosafety Officer, provides oversight for the Animal Biosafety Level 2 and 2N animal holding areas, including the development of policies and procedures, which provide safety for staff, investigators and the public from the potential dangers of infectious diseases.
At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong. As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff. Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.
- BS or BA degree in Animal Science, Biology, Zoology, or Veterinary Science required.
- 3 years of experience working in an accredited laboratory animal facility.
- 4 years supervisory experience required. Previous supervisory experience may supersede degree requirement.
- Certification at the Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) or Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Extensive knowledge of all equipment used in the care and research of animals, including animal housing systems, cage wash systems to perform sanitation, autoclave systems to provide sterilization and biological safety cabinets.
- Understanding of HVAC systems within all the ARF facilities to be able to identify and report problems to DFCI maintenance.
- Strong managerial, organizational, and technical skills.
- Ability to be self-motivated.
- Working knowledge of a computer applications and support equipment such as a, printer, scanner and fax.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.