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Animal Laboratory Technician I

Los Angeles, California

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Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. By joining us in an academic role, you’ll be a part of formulating future ideas for discovery and then translating those discoveries into cures for the benefit and health of the Los Angeles community.

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Discovery is central to Cedars-Sinai’s mission. Our laboratories and clinics generate ideas, therapies, devices, and systems that contribute to biomedical progress around the world. Cedars-Sinai’s investigators push the frontiers of biomedicine with studies in cardiac care, cancer, digestive health, the neurosciences, women’s health, and more. Cedars-Sinai’s robust academic enterprise shapes the experts who will help redefine medicine for the next generation.

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Responsibilities

Requisition # HRC0904776

Do you have a passion for the highest clinical quality and patient happiness? Would you like to use your clinical competencies with an organization known nationally for excellence in cancer treatment, research and education? We would be happy to hear from you! Please consider the following exciting opportunity with one of the most outstanding and dynamic places to work in the medical field as your next career move.

Under the general supervision of the Associate Director, Husbandry/Operations (AD, HT/OPS), Operations Manager, Animal Care Coordinator, Husbandry Supervisor and/or Animal Laboratory Technician III (Lead Technician), the incumbent is responsible for performing technical, specialized and aseptic procedures in support of the Cedars-Sinai transgenic rodent research models of human disease in the Davis and AHSP facilities.  The incumbent performs Husbandry, housing and care of rodents in Micro Isolator units within Individual Ventilated Cage Rack HEPA systems via Animal Transfer Stations or Biological Safety Cabinets within Biocontainment and Bioexclusion parameters under strict environmental controls.  This will include maintaining hazardous agents (biological, chemical, radiation), pathogenic agents and carcinogenic/mutagenic populations post postsurgical or procedural exposure with the use of specific Personal Protective Equipment and Specialized Operating Procedures (SOPs).  The Technician monitors research models for clinical/biological abnormalities, performs daily monitoring/documentation of environmental conditions, and electronic population census with documentation for per diem support and IACUC protocol accountability. Incumbent must be a motivated self-starter with high Performance metrics, good Commitment to teamwork practices, and excellent Businesslike and Professional Behavior including observing appropriate Chain of Command at all times, and employing good communication skills in English.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
1.    Responsible to maintain strict aseptic and micro isolator technique in handling of all rodent animal model populations housed within the AHSP and Davis facility holding rooms and procedural spaces to prevent cross-contamination and protect immunocompromised animal models on a daily basis with adherence to a Day 7 and Day 14 husbandry schedule.
2.    Responsible for feeding and twice daily monitoring of specialized diets to include irradiated, research designated diets, hazardous and chemically fortified feeds.  
3.    Responsible for monitoring Reverse Osmosis/De-Ionized, 18Megaohm ultra-pure water available at cage level and at Room Distribution Systems. 
4.    Provide medicated and antibiotic water exposure and twice daily monitoring and documentation for multiple studies across both facilities.
5.    Responsible for monitoring animal room environments:
a.    Monitoring and ensuring appropriate photoperiod cycle daily:  setting and assessing room mechanical timer for appropriate operation on 24-hour cycle for 14-hour day and 10-hour dark cycle
b.    Tracking and documenting temperature range every 24 hours within strict tolerances across all holding rooms according to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals standards with minimum and maximum ranges per species
c.    Tracking and documenting relative humidity (RH) every 24 hours as impacted by ambient environment with attention to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animal standards for acceptable ranges per species
d.    Operating within a noise and vibration monitored environment to protect research models from disruptive confounding and breeding sensitive impact  
e.    Reporting all deviations in animal room environments through Chain of Command 
6.    Provide care for immuno-compromised, transgenic, genetically modified animals with unique and specialized genotypes exhibiting unique phenotypes and requiring varied specialized supportive care. These populations are exposed to and carry adventitious known/unknown pathogens, and/or are designated as biohazardous, BioSafety Level II.  
7.    Observe and recognize clinical symptoms of abnormalities in laboratory animals and promptly report abnormalities via Clinical Health Report for update of CM Clinical Case database and Principal Investigator investigation.
8.    Responsible for reading, comprehending, and following a large number of varying Specialized Operating Procedures (SOPs):
a.    Responsible for following written and oral instructions (in English). 
b.    Top 25 Murine Procedures
c.    Top 25 Rattus Procedures
d.    Chemical Biohazardous Rodent 2-Day (CBR2) / Lifetime Biohazard Mouse (LBM) / Lifetime Biohazard Rat (LBR):  Procedures related to the numerous hazardous agents in AHSP and Davis facilities used by research labs for model development
9.    Use of isolation cubicles for containment of lifetime hazard research models.
10.    Use of electronic data capture system for daily barcoding and uploading of identification coded cards for per diem billing, census purposes, and workflow assignment.
11.    Twice weekly receiving of delivered animals:  inspect all animals for abnormalities, house in designated facility and holding room.  For any observed health abnormalities and deviations from expected quantity, sex, age, weight, strain/stock designation, immediately report data or deviations in criteria via appropriate Chain of Command. 
12.    Support research lab rodent breeding programs:  identify gravid rodents, monitor to parturition, identify birth dates and forecast weaning dates to protect animal welfare, maintain researcher compliance and support generational research goals.
13.    Supports CM logistics:
a.    Loading of Box Truck transport vehicle
i.    Transport of animals, materials, equipment between AHSP and Davis facilities
b.    Maintain Cargo Securement Rules: Appropriate regulations for cargo transport (FMCSA-like guideline)
i.    Appropriate use of cargo tie-down equipment
ii.    Use of cradles for rolling unit security (pallet jacks)
iii.    Equipment/materials placed in direct contact with each other
iv.    Prevent from shifting towards each other while in transit
14.    Performs other duties as assigned or required.

ORGANIZATIONAL EXPECTATIONS
Comparative Medicine requires adherence to standards of Performance, Commitment, and Businesslike and Professional Behavior to demonstrate behavior which supports the Cedars-Sinai Health System mission and goals of Laboratory Animal Science.  Requirements:  attends required orientations, C-S training seminars, and ongoing technical training in Laboratory Animals Science.  Meets metrics for production standards within established time requirements.  Work product meets quality standards.  Observes and adheres to all Cedars-Sinai Health System policies and procedures.  Demonstrates respect and positive interpersonal skills with investigators, research support staff, the public, the Directors/Managers/Supervisors, and co-workers—a team player.  Maintains confidentiality of research and business matters.  Observes time, attendance, and dress code standards.  Protects the safety of others and of the physical plant and equipment and the care of research models under our charge, following institution policies, fire, safety and infection control regulations.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees classified in this job.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS/COMPETENCIES
1.    High school graduate.
 

  • Working Title: Animal Laboratory Technician I
  • Department: Comparative Medicine
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Animal Care
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day

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