Laboratory Animal Technician (NCI) – Leidos – Bethesda, MD

Job ID: 6035
Job date: 2016-09-27

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COMPANY INFORMATION
Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. (LBRI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, operates the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR). FNLCR is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is the only FFRDC dedicated to biomedical research. Through its status as an FFRDC, FNLCR provides NCI and others with a unique national resource to accelerate the development and delivery of effective preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic products for cancer and AIDS.

The breadth of FNLCR’s activities spans the research and development spectrum, including investigator-initiated, hypothesis-driven research into cancer and AIDS; advanced technology programs focused on genetics and genomics, proteins and proteomics, imaging, nanotechnology, bioinformatics, and laboratory animal sciences; clinical operations in support of NCI and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)-sponsored clinical trials, as well as NCI drug discovery and development efforts; and management and operations of biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing programs under current Good Manufacturing Practice conditions for NCI and NIAID. Administrative, procurement, financial, safety, and facilities support is provided to these R&D activities through state-of-the-art business processes. LBRI has approximately 1,900 employees and manages an annual operating budget of approximately $450M.

For more information about Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., please visit our webpage at www.leidosbiomed.com .

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Laboratory Animal Technician will be responsible for: 1) performing general animal husbandry and technical functions in support of research studies utilizing nonhuman primates (NHP) models, 2) feeding, housing, and maintenance of animal hygiene, 3) record keeping and database maintenance, 4) receipt, weighting, and identifying animals, 5) maintaining a proper living environment for nonhuman primates including enrichment, behavioral assessment, social housing and training, 6) observing and recording physical signs of nonhuman primate health and record data. 7) performance of specialized technical procedures necessary to maintain continuous operation of the animal facility and, 8) assisting in conducting animal experiments.9) occasional performance of technical procedures with rodents. Work requires the use of personal protective equipment and adherence to strict protocols. Work schedule may include weekend and holiday hours.

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BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

Any combination of education and progressively responsible technical experience which qualifies the candidate to sit for the LAT certification Exam within 12 months of hire or an Associate’s degree in Life Sciences or Veterinary technology
Foreign degrees must be evaluated for US equivalency
Achievement of LAT certification is encouraged, but not required
Ability to perform basic technical procedures on laboratory animals
Experience in handling non-human primates
Ability to keep detailed records and maintain experimental data in computer-based applications/databases
Ability to wear respiratory protection equipment if necessary
Knowledge of standard operating procedures for animal facilities and basic requirements for maintaining and scientific procedures in animal testing and data collection
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Basic necropsy techniques
Experience in handling rodents
Ability to perform basic rodent technical procedures

Leidos Overview:
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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