Under the supervision of the Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM), the Vivarium Director will provide leadership and manage all aspects of the vivarium including development and implementation of standard operating procedures, ensuring the highest standards of animal care, assisting researchers with the development of protocols, ensuring compliance with all relevant state and federal regulations governing laboratory animal welfare, training researchers and ensuring strict adherence to all aspects of approved IACUC protocols, oversight of staff and student workers, oversight of Vivarium equipment, facilities, and daily operations, and providing leadership to grow CSAM’s research portfolio. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Oversee vivarium daily technical operations including animal care, procurement of supplies, preparation of per diem invoices, supervision and scheduling of staff, maintenance of equipment, proper handling and disposal of hazardous waste, and development of SOPs. • Ensure that all facility activities are in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, guidelines, and regulations (e.g. AAALAC, NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, USDA). Participate in regulatory inspections. Prepare and submit regulatory documents and reports as required. • Maintain accurate records and inventories related to per diem billing and inventories of supplies, chemicals, controlled substances, and equipment • Maintain accurate records and inventories related to receipt and assignment of animals. • Train faculty and student researchers (e.g. research techniques, veterinary procedures). Maintain all training records for investigators who work with animals in the vivarium and/or who have access to the vivarium. • Ensure that new employees have all necessary documentation and are properly trained, are compliant with Occupational Health requirements for eligibility on IACUC Protocols and eligibility for vivarium access. • Under the direction of attending veterinarian, ensure that the disease surveillance and preventive medicine programs are executed for various laboratory animal species, including, but not limited to, mice, rats, and gerbils. • Prepare and lead University submission for AAALAC accreditation in collaboration with the IACUC and Compliance team. • Interface with the University Institutional Officer (IO), Compliance Officer (CO), IACUC staff, and chair of IACUC, keeping them apprised of the state of animal care and use. • Perform routine duties maintaining the health and integrity of the animals, as appropriate. • Perform Post-approval monitoring (PAM) and report findings to IACUC • Perform routine and specialized laboratory tests and procedures as appropriate. • Meet with investigators to assist in the writing and development IACUC Protocols to ensure that all pertinent regulations are followed. • Serve as subject matter expert on animal models with responsibility to alert the Dean, IO, CO, and IACUC of any regulatory or other governing body policy changes that impact animal research. • Performs other duties as assigned. • Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.
REQUIRED: • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution (preferably in biological science, biochemistry, or related field) • Minimum of 6 years experience working with laboratory animals • 3 years of demonstrated leadership experience and complete knowledge of the operation and management of laboratory animal facilities including personnel and financial management • Extensive knowledge of laboratory animal handling, research techniques, and knowledge of a variety of animal models of disease. • AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) level • Superior oral and written communication skills
PREFERRED: • Masters degree in laboratory animal science or a related field • 5 years supervisory experience in a laboratory animal organization • Experience with writing protocols and SOPs • Strong research background, including experience with collaborative animal research activity, preferably in an academic setting
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