Veterinary Research Associate
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Medical Science & Computing (MSC) is an exciting growth oriented company, dedicated to providing mission critical scientific and technical services to the Federal Government. We have a distinguished history of supporting the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies. MSC offers a dynamic and upbeat work environment, excellent benefits and career growth opportunities.
We attract the best people in the business with our competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k plan with employer contribution, paid holidays, vacation, Medical and Flexible Spending Accounts, Pre-Tax Transit Assistance and tuition reimbursement. If you enjoy being a part of a high performing, professional service and technology focused organization, please apply today!
Duties & Responsibilities
Assist in conducting experiments designed to test new vaccines and therapeutics for Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. NIAID has developed models of infection in medium sized animal models conducted inside an Animal Biological Safety Laboratory - level 3 (ABSL-3). Procedures required during the experiment will include use of a bronchoscope, blood draws, BAL’s, medical imaging, drug administration and anesthesia.
Monitor and recover anesthetized NHPs and rabbits for procedures, including PET/CT scans
Provide critical care and intervention of an anesthetized patient, knowing when there is an issue and how to correct it.
Perform blood draws, catheter placement, intubation, injections, BALs, necropsies and other technical needs in NHPs and rabbits
Process bloods and tissues according to specific needs of multiple experiments
Maintain accurate animal records and documentations associated with technical procedures of the animals
Manipulate infectious and radioactive NHPs and rabbits in a safe and proficient manner
Clearly communicate any changes in animals’ health status to facility veterinarian and appropriate team members
Run/Use centrifuge, CBC machine, Chemistry machine, i-STAT, glucometer and other equipment and provide results to appropriate personnel
Provide feedback on methods and technical procedures to improve upon, where applicable
Must be proficient doing technical manipulations such as placing IV catheters, endotracheal intubation, femoral bleeds, handling and restraint, BAL’s, anesthesia induction, maintenance and recovery.
Must possess leadership skills, to include decision making based on veterinarian instructions, problem solving, and be self-motivated to complete needed tasks with minimal direction.
Thorough knowledge of medications used in veterinary medicine, acceptable routes of administration and drug calculations.
Operate and trouble shoot complex laboratory equipment, to include blood analyzers, anesthesia machines and monitoring devices.
Effective and clear communication skills and the ability to work in a high stress environment
Knowledge and prior experience with non-human primates (NHP) in ABSL-3 setting preferred
Prior NHP (Old World and New World) handling experience required.
Provide technical guidance and training to junior Research Associates.
Ability to work in a team following SOPs and protocol requirements
Willingness to work in an area where radioactivity and x-rays will be present
Must be able to use computers to maintain excellent records in excel and other general programs
Willing to work flexible hours and occasional weekends
Must be able to pass extensive background check and Public Trust 5 clearance
Bachelor’s degree preferred; or combination of experience and certification, Laboratory Animal Technologist ( LATG
) certification strongly preferred.
Medical Science & Computing is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.