Animal Research Facilities Manager

Masonic Medical Research Institute - Utica, NY - Philadelphia, PA


Job Description

The Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) located in Utica, NY is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all humankind. The Institute’s primary mission is to conduct high quality basic biomedical and clinical research aimed at generating knowledge and information necessary for understanding molecular mechanisms of disease and development of medical cures and treatments of tomorrow. We are also committed to providing education and training to basic scientists, clinical researchers and students who will perpetuate and extend the fight against disease worldwide.

Our vision is to build scientific teams that can combine molecular biology, chemistry, computation, technology and engineering to create novel approaches to understanding and deciphering causes of disease. Using this knowledge, we will advance basic research to clinical application, therapeutics and cures. The Institute will foster an environment of creativity, risk-taking, and open sharing of data and research. We will seek collaborations, both within the Institute and worldwide, in our mission to combat disease.

We are seeking a Animal Research Facilities Managerwho will serve as manager of our new state-of-the-art vivarium and animal research facilities. General responsibilities include: coordinating animal care, standards, and training for animal care. The Animal Research Facilities Manager ensures the humane, responsible, and scientifically or instructionally sound use of animals at Masonic Medical Research Institute by enforcing compliance with all Laboratory, state and federal regulations in laboratory animal facilities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manages the operational activities of all Laboratory animal research facilities by training and monitoring staff in the appropriate care, handling, and use of animals, maintaining formal, regular communication with all departments and staff engaged in animal research, engaging in hands-on involvement in procedures and in routine animal husbandry activities, and maintaining accurate records on animal health and animal usage.
  • Ensures the humane, responsible, and scientifically or instructionally sound use of animals at the Laboratory by maintaining current knowledge of laboratory animal science as well as regulations and standards affecting the use of animals in research and education, ensuring that the care of animals and condition of facility environment are in compliance with federal regulations, and conducting regular inspections of animal care and use facilities.
  • In coordination with the IACUC and the Director of Research, develops and implements institutional animal care and use policies, programs, and standard operating procedures to comply with regulations and nationally accepted standards such as the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
  • Advises the administration on budgetary matters affecting the animal research facilities.
  • Prepares reports to governmental agencies in compliance with regulations and policies, in collaboration with the Director of Research.
  • Pre-reviews submissions to the IACUC and conducts post-approved monitoring of research protocols.
  • Advises the Director of Research and the IACUC regarding potential issues affecting the use of animals in research and education.
  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.
  • Supports the Director of Research by performing all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a biological or animal science or a related field is required.
  • Experience: At least two years of experience in animal care and facilities, with at least one year of experience at a research facility, is required. Experience with the care of transgenic mice is required. Experience in laboratory animal facilities management is required. At least one year of conducting scientific research is required.
  • Certification: Must be an American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Certified Lab Animal Technician (LAT).
  • Skills: Must have knowledge of regulations and national standards relating to the care and use of animals in research and education, issues pertaining to the care and use of animals in research and education, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) responsibilities and procedures,the OLAW Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and the role and value of animal use in biological research.
  • Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal, and teaching skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. An understanding of accounting and budget preparation is preferred. An understanding of databases in order to access records is preferred.
  • Effort: Occasional lifting and carrying of materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds is required. Normal color vision is required in order to conduct experiments.

Other: Work hours may include weekends and holidays. Must respond to after-hour emergency calls when necessary.

Masonic Medical Research Institute offers outstanding compensation and benefits.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Regulations: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Animal Care: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Laboratory: 5 years (Preferred)