Research Technician I

Envigo

Fort Collins, CO


Overview

The Research Technician is responsible for ensuring proper study conduct while maintaining the well-being of animals in accordance with all standard operating procedures (SOPs), applicable state and federal regulations, as well as guidelines set forth by the veterinary team. 

Responsibilities
  • Reviews study protocol and notebook prior to study initiation.
  • Doses or administers treatments to animals by a variety of routes in a variety of species (including but not limited to ocular, oral capsule, oral gavage, dermal, SC, IM, IV).
  • Collects and processes biological samples, as needed and trained (including but not limited to blood, synovial fluid, urine or feces).
  • Collects body weights or feed consumption weights.
  • Learns pre-operative procedures including but not limited to pre-medication, inducing anesthesia, installing catheters, prepping surgical/injection sites, etc.
  • Learn to monitor anesthetized animals during surgical or non-surgical procedures.
  • Learn aseptic patient and surgical field preparation.
  • Assists in aseptic patient and surgical field preparation. Learns post-operative monitoring and care of animals used in surgical procedures.
  • Assists with surgery instrument preparation and sterilization.
  • Keeps accurate records of use of medications and controlled substances.
  • Performs euthanasia and learns necropsy procedures.
  • Completes appropriate raw data records.
  • Other procedures as described in the study protocol or defined by SOPs.
  • Performs daily clinical observations of the animals and their pens/cages to assure the well-being, health, and sanitation of the cages is adequate.
  • Learns to perform in-life study activities, including but not limited to post-operative monitoring, pain and lameness scoring, sample collection, and observations for adverse effects following administration of the test article.
  • Completes appropriate entries into the electronic data collection system or paper records as needed including study procedures, and morbidity or mortality reports. Ensures completion of daily documentation.
  • Assists with stocking supplies, maintains an adequate inventory of supplies, monitors supplies for expiration, and notifies appropriate employees of items that need to be ordered.
  • Follows all SOPs and other applicable laboratory or company policies and procedures.
  • Maintains confidential information.
  • Supports and participates in company initiatives as directed.
  • Performs periodic review of all applicable SOPs to ensure accuracy and confirm procedures are being performed according to SOParticipates in SOP writing, reviews, and revisions, as needed.
  • Completes training requirements as assigned and maintains appropriate training documentation. 
  • Maintains compliance and adheres to all safety regulations, policies, and procedures and good documentation practices.
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge and ensures compliance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Association of Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, and other applicable regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications

Critical Success Factors

  • Good organizational skills and detail oriented.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with ability to work with personnel at all levels of the organization.
  • Must have the ability to work independently as well as a team environment.
  • Demonstrates the ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks in a high energy, fast paced environment.
  • Exhibits accuracy and adaptability performing laboratory operations, some of which may be difficult and/or non-routine.
  • Proficient in the use of a computer to compile and maintain simple data, spreadsheets, checklists and reports for records and inventory, utilizing the appropriate software.
  • Exhibits an aptitude for quality, an eye for detail, the ability to follow written instructions and work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Displays a basic understanding of GLP, AAALAC, OLAW regulations and standards with the ability to apply these practices daily.
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge and awareness of general laboratory procedures. Maintains a commitment to adhere to all safety regulations and procedures.  
  • Demonstrates an ability to follow detailed instructions with a sense for scientific method

Minimum Requirements

  • B.S./B.A. in science (biology or life sciences) with 3 years direct laboratory animal work experience, or Associate degree, or equivalent, in science with at least 4 years of direct laboratory animal work experience, or six years of direct laboratory animal work experience without a college science degree, or equivalent combination of related education and required work experience will be considered with management approval.  
  • Minimum two years’ experience in as a vet technician in general practice or research facility with experience in an operating room environment, post-op care or animal triage 
  • Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) or equivalent preferred.  
  • AALAS certification or commitment to attaining certification within 18 months of start date.  

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

  • Ability to regularly lift up to 50 pounds and move heavy equipment in a safe manner 
  • Ability to stand and move (e.g., walk, bend, reach, lift, crouch, push, pull, lift.) throughout an entire work shift  
  • Manual dexterity (e.g., feeling, grasping, fingering, repetitive motion) to operate necessary equipment and perform essential tasks outlined in position description 
  • Required to have close visual acuity (e.g., preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small parts) and depth perception (with or without glasses/contacts) 
  • Required utilization of provided personal protection equipment (PPE) 
  • Occasional exposure to potential hazards such as hot water, steam, mechanical equipment, biological substances, loud noise, odors, chemicals, and to range of outdoor weather conditions 
  • Regular on-site attendance as scheduled by management 

*This position could be offered at different levels for candidates who qualify with a combination of advanced levels of education and/or years of experience.  The salary range is $21-$27/hr and will adjust along with the level of the role to match the person’s relevant experience and/or education level.

 

Inotiv is a growing contemporary drug discovery and development company where we “Play to Win” in an industry rich with opportunity.  Together, we face challenges and together we win in the delivery of world-class drug discovery and development solutions that impact the health and well-being of people all over the world.  There’s an opportunity for everyone at all phases of a career, each individual’s unique skill set has an impact on the work we conduct. If you have the talent and desire to impact the quality of people’s lives, we have the career opportunities to make it happen.  Join us in embracing research and science to impact the health and well-being of people all over the world.

 

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Salary will be commensurate with experience and responsibilities. Benefits include health and dental coverage, short- and long-term disability, paid time off, paid parental leave, 401K, and more!

 

Inotiv is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide a fair and equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination and access to benefits and training.

 

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