Biosafety Animal Caretaker
The Biosafety Animal Caretaker feeds, cleans and observes research animals in support of laboratory projects and programs. This position cleans and disinfects cages, rooms and equipment. Additionally, this role supports staff and researchers with handling and restraint of animals.
The Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), was established by Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) as an academic basic and translational research enterprise to rapidly translate science innovation to the clinic to improve outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases, autoimmune disease and other acute and chronic diseases. The CDI has grown rapidly since its origins in 2019, and now has 18 labs, 150 scientists and support personnel, who are supported by more than 85 grants and contracts. Areas of expertise include genomics, epigenetics, drug resistance, stem cell biology, drug discovery, diagnostics and biomarker development, and pharmacology.
A day in the life of a Biosafety Animal Caretaker at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:
- Becomes familiar with laboratory animals, their habits, and their needs.
- Maintains, scrubs, and disinfects animal cages, cage floors, and cage pans.
- Cleans and sanitizes cages, animal rooms, and related equipment.
- Feeds and waters animals according to the schedule.
- Maintains animal rooms in clean and odorless condition; and maintains room census daily.
- Weighs or restrains animals when required for various technical procedures.
- Collects voided urine and feces when requested in appropriate containers.
- Performs such other duties as may be required for the maintenance and welfare of the animal colony.
- Documents the operation of the sterilizing autoclave and cage wash equipment including all in the ABSL2 and ABSL3 areas of the CDI and runs equipment validation tests as required.
- Reports all equipment malfunctions as per printouts on sterilizer and cage wash equipment functioning to the Animal Facility management.
- Performs tasks related to animal biosafety in compliance with the CDC, USDA and all applicable regulations covering disinfection and cleaning of animal equipment and animal research infectious waste materials.
- Operates cage washer equipment, autoclave sterilization equipment, handling chemical products used for decontamination and cleaning of the facility.
- Recognizes abnormal signs or unusual behavior in the animals, and reports any animal health concerns to the Animal Facilities management.
- Unpacks newly shipped animals received in the facility.
- Performs euthanasia via gas as needed.
- Attends departmental training
- Other duties and/or projects as assigned.
- Adheres to HMH Organizational competencies and standards of behavior.
Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Mandatory six-month probation period to complete the required training for this position.
- Employment may be contingent upon successful completion of an FBI background check and other regulatory approvals for admittance to BSL3 facilities and/or select agent facilities.
Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:
- Prior experience.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
- ALAT certification must be completed by 18 months of employment.
Licenses and Certifications Preferred:
- ALAT certification.
If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!
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