University of Maryland, Baltimore Research Assistant, Laboratory Animal in Baltimore, Maryland

*The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine has an opening for a Laboratory Animal Research Assistant in the Department of Veterinary Resources. * This position’s duties are directly related to providing laboratory animal research and administrative support. This position is critical to allow Veterinary Resources to continue to provide veterinary medical clinical care and support to the research animals housed in the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry and School of Nursing. Laboratory Animal Research Assistants are a critical part of the team that keeps the University compliant with NIH Guidelines and The Animal Welfare Act that helps preserve Federal Research well as funding to support Good Laboratory Practice studies. This position will work independently with minimal supervision.

The Program of Comparative Medicine, Veterinary Resources (CM-VR) is a centralized service organization supporting laboratory animal use campus wide which enables researchers from all departments to fully capitalize on those models to conduct basic and pre-clinical research, considerably over $200 million dollars, to better understand and treat the human disease condition. This includes all federal regulatory rules overseeing the husbandry and medical care of research animals and the provision of special services such as those supporting the development of transgenic animals as well as collaborations in the areas of surgery, pathology, GLP/FDA/EPA regulations, IACUC interactions and special laboratory studies (e.g. germ-free/gnotobiotic mouse laboratory). Comparative Medicine contributes to the School of Medicine by providing accredited services for laboratory animal care through Veterinary Resources in accordance with related laws and guidelines of all federal and state agencies.

This is an exempt, regular position and offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and observed holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.

*The work schedule of this position will require one of the two days of the weekend, in exchange for one weekday.*

*Essential Functions*

  • Work closely with internal and external entities to coordinate research study schedules, materials and supplies.

  • Work on drafting, reviewing, and editing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for research support.

  • Ensure laboratories performing Good Laboratory Practice studies abide by regulations as defined in Title 21 US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 58.

  • Compile and analyze research data using various relevant computer software applications.

  • Conduct/report observations of animal health, recording all findings, examinations, and treatments as assigned.

  • Assist with literature research, editing and preparing manuscripts, scientific illustrations and computer graphics for publication.

  • May perform administrative duties such as: training and guiding students and/or other laboratory technicians; assisting in developing policies, procedures and/or methods for laboratory experimentation; and ordering supplies.

  • May perform research activities and routine laboratory maintenance such as: general housekeeping, collection of biological (blood, tissue) specimens, post-operative care, administration of pharmaceuticals, administration and monitoring of anesthesia, diagnostic testing and perform euthanasia.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, agriculture, veterinary science, or field of study related to the animal science.

Experience: Experience working with and handling a variety of animal species is preferred. Prior experience working with animals in a research laboratory setting or in an animal hospital is preferred.

Other: Responsibilities may include working with bio-hazardous agents.

Consideration may be given for a unique combination of education and experience.*

  • Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field with at least 18 credits in a field related to the research of the clinic or laboratory, as appropriate, or Bachelor’s degree in unrelated field with at least one year of experience in a field directly related to the research of the clinic or laboratory, as appropriate. Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

/Requires training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance, shipping of hazardous materials and/or ionizing radiation.


_Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: _

  • Skill in animal handling with variety of species, including rodents.

  • Ability to be strongly organized and self-driven.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology and research theory in both oral and written communications.

  • Skill in spreadsheet software applications.

  • Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for making decisions or judgments.

  • Ability to network with, and provide information to key groups and individuals.

  • Ability to use a consultative approach to resolve issues in area of responsibility.

Hiring Range:Commensurate with education and experience.

If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job: *Reg or CII Exempt Staff

Organization: *SOM Rsch & Grad Studies

Title: Research Assistant, Laboratory Animal

Location: null

Requisition ID: 180000JI