Duke University and Duke University Health System - Durham, NC4.0

Position Description:
Serves as lead/primary technician to coordinate and advise principal investigators with respect to DLAR’s Import Program’s diverse research activities which include performing technical duties, collecting/recording data on any type of study (i.e., basic/complex/specialized) and providing services to the research community. Conducts Import/Export, diagnostic, and research data analysis. Oversees and manages quarantine services for DLAR. Contributes to department operations improvement in areas such as process development, SOP revisions, departmental inspections, and equipment maintenance. Is knowledgeable of both domestic and international shipping regulations; possesses expertise in ordering supplies, equipment, and related materials for biomedical research studies.

Work Performed

Performs all the duties and responsibilities of the Research Tech II level, and serves as back-up in their absence, as well as the following: • Serves as lead/primary technician by providing guidance and training to RTII and research staff. • Oversees and participates in all aspects for the daily operation of import/ export/ transfer/ cage card request submission activities. • Coordinates the DLAR Import Program which includes processing requests, receiving health information from various institutions,obtaining Veterinarian approval, coordinating receipt of animal shipments with couriers and sending institutions, maintaining the quarantine facility, quarantine breeding, and keeping detailed records of all of the above. • Manages the Quarantine Facility by coordinating with facilities Operations Manager on various tasks to be completed. • Consults with clients (internal and external) to plan, develop, and implement needed services. • Coordinates USDA covered animal Import/Export from unapproved vendors.

Complies with all federal and state regulations for these species of animals, contacts the shipping &/or receiving institution(s) and PI(s), coordinates animal health records with bloodwork (i.e., TB, MMR, etc test) with clinical veterinarians and other institutions, makes arrangements for shipping, travels to/from airport as needed, and completes paperwork appropriate for this task.

Develops training materials for the functional area of responsibility.

Develops and performs complex technical procedures requiring significant technical skill &/or specialized training.

Works with DLAR administrative staff to properly bill researchers for services.

Prioritizes and coordinates the activities of research staff and assesses workload and direct work of others as needed.

Performs a variety of technical duties related to diagnostic testing of animals in a laboratory environment including clinical pathology, hematology, parasitology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, necropsies and histopathology. Testing includes, but is not limited to, conducting physical examinations of animals, collecting samples, performing chemical and biological tests, and conducting experiments and determinations to obtain data in support of research; compiles and documents procedures and results and communicates results to Investigatory and Veterinary staff in a professional manner.

Performs rodent and other small animal necropsies and assists with large animal necropsies and prepare tissues for histopathology.

Operates various electronic devices in the collection, tabulation and calculation of data.

Obtains, prepares, mounts, and stains tissue, blood and other biologic substances for microscopic examinations. Microbiology (i.e., Bacterial Culture & ID), safely prepares culture media, chemicals, solutionsand biologic reagents related to laboratory procedures.

Performs duties under the Rodent Sentinel Program departmental SOP such as euthanasia, venipuncture, sample collection, preparation and analysis, and necropsy.

Performs duties under the Microbiological Monitoring Program and Monitoring Water Quality departmental SOP such as coordinating sample collection with husbandry staff, analyzing bacterial levels of animal rooms, equipment, and enrichment devices, and water and data management. Follows all other relevant departmental SOPs and IACUC protocols.

Assists in the development of new veterinary diagnostic procedures and techniques. Confers with principal investigators and their laboratory staff to plan diagnostic testing needed for experimental schedules, discusses animal health concerns and sample collection requirements, and assists in technical training of research staff regarding relevant procedures/ protocols. Ensures students, research technicians, and Principal Investigators adhere to all federal, state and university regulations and policies regarding the use of animals in research.

Assists with the training of new personnel within the designated areas of VDL, when needed.

Maintains diagnostic and medical records, regulatory paperwork, surgical records, etc. in compliance with departmental SOPs and regulatory agencies that oversee laboratory animal research.

Performs on-call requirements as assigned which include weekend and holiday rotations.

Performs all other duties as assigned

Preferred Skills: Demonstrates advanced technical and analytical skills; Possesses effective oral and written communication and leadership skill; Ability to handle a variety of laboratory animals; Proficient in technical skills of various diagnostic services preferred; Ability to work independently; Knowledge of USDA, federal regulations and guidelines relating to the care of laboratory animals; Understanding of basic, intermediate, and complex study design and protocols; Ability to organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines; Knowledgeable with various diagnostic equipment preferred: Instrumentation (i.e., CBC analyzer, Chem analyzer, PCR), Serology (IFA, ELISA, Luminex, Western Blot Assay) and has the ability to setup and operate with minimal direction for the specific test; Ability to plan and execute logistics requirements necessary for a successful import/export of animals; Detail-oriented, organized, and able to prioritize tasks; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Excellent interpersonal skills; Proficiency in Microsoft Office (primarily Excel and Word).
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Work requires a bachelor's degree in biology, zoology or related discipline or graduate from a two year American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) program of veterinary technology.

Work requires two years of experience in a laboratory animal research setting. Ability to plan and execute logistics requirements necessary for a successful import/export of animals.Detail- oriented, organized, and able to prioritize tasks. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (primarily Excel and Word). LATG preferred. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE