Animal Research Facility Technician (ARFT)

Landos Biopharma, Inc.

www.landosbiopharma.com

Name
Lee Sandstead

Email
lee@landosbiopharma.com

Job Description

Animal Research Facility Technician (ARFT)

Reports to Laboratory Manager (LM) and Scientific Director (SD). See Landos Org Chart.

Location: 1800 Kraft Dr., Suite 216, Blacksburg, VA, 24060, US

Job Type: Part Time/Full Time

Education: Associate’s degree or BS in Animal Sciences

Experience: 1+ years

Travel Required: No

The Position:

Landos Biopharma is looking for a highly motivated Animal Research Facility Technician with previous animal handling experience. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in laboratory animal handling skills, and techniques to support preclinical and clinical studies.

Responsibilities:

-       Animal Facility Maintenance: Oversee and maintain the Landos laboratory animal facility for biosafety levels 1 and 2

o      supplies, housing, breeding, protocol upkeep, husbandry, rack maintenance, animal records (cage cards, census, temperature/humidity checks), room cleaning, regulatory and safety documentation, posted signage, emergency procedures, facility and animal inspections, and placing orders of supplies and mice.

-       Animal Procedures: conduct various IACUC approved laboratory animal procedures and techniques for Landos projects. Develop new protocols and amendments to be reviewed by the IACUC.

-       Personnel Training: Training of Landos personnel on anything ranging from regulatory aspects of an animal facility to housing and husbandry to animal handling techniques and procedures, plus contribute to animal research projects.

-       Regulatory compliance: Support regulatory compliance efforts as instructed by the senior leadership the IACUC.

-       Genotyping: Aid in the genotyping process including tag & snip, PCR, gel electrophoresis, documentation of genotypes and strain histories.

-       Teamwork: Work independently and collaboratively in a matrixed environment, be able to successfully work with other Landos team members in animal facility upkeep

-       Reporting: Upload mouse census data in the LANDOS mouse colony management system and create reports for experimental results and communicate them to a transdisciplinary team

-       Communication: Keep detailed records of all activities, record these activities in ASANA, the Google Drive, laboratory notebook, the LANDOS Colony Management System (CMS), and Labkey. Provide weekly and bi-weekly updates of the LANDOS animal facility progress to the Lab Manager, Scientific Director, and Landos team.

-       Any new responsibilities as directed by the Landos leadership.

Job Experience:

-       Passion for teamwork, immense energy, absolute integrity, and an A+ attitude.

-       Organized with strong written and verbal communication skills

-       Mouse handling, housing and husbandry, genotyping, SOP development, record keep skills

-       1+ year minimum of relevant experience desired

Important skills:

-       A+ attitude, great work ethic, teamwork, initiative and passion for Landos.

-       Mouse and rat handling, housing and husbandry, genotyping, management, SOP development, record keeping skills

-       Experience implementing murine models of immune-mediated and infectious diseases

-       Oral gavage, IP injections, euthanasia, Glucose tolerance test (GTT), blood

collection

-       Exposure to ABSL2 and infection studies

-       Organized with strong written and verbal communication skills

-       Familiarity with drug development process highly desired

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