Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Working at the direction of a Project Manager, perform a variety of animal procedures to support client research projects (listed below, rodent techniques are required for RA 1 position).
  • Travel required between Bay Area Explora sites to perform required tasks
  • Be responsible for the physical environment for a group of assigned laboratory animals
  • Perform routine animal husbandry: cage changing, health monitoring, food/water, breeding
  • Perform all tasks in accordance to established protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Operate and maintain lab equipment (i.e. isoflurane machine).
  • Operate computer terminal and responsible for data entry.
  • Maintain accurate study records in a legible and organized manner.
  • Assist in maintaining lab/facility inventories.

Minimum Requirements

  • BS in the biological sciences or a minimum of 2-5 years hands-on in vivo working experience.
  • Proficiency in rodent handling: dosing skills (oral gavage, intravenous, intraperitoneal, subcutaneous, etc.), blood and tissue collection and grafting techniques. Skills in animal survival surgeries are a plus (cannulation, orthotopic or SC tumor removal, perfusions and etc).
  • Must have a general understanding of animal welfare regulations and of the importance of ethical use of animals in research.
  • Understand drug development and have basic knowledge in biology, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics.
  • Ability to maintain detailed records of experimental methods
  • Have strong organizational skills in performing assigned tasks without supervision.
  • Must be detail oriented and able to multi-task.
  • Flexibility to work within changing shifts, including weekends, holiday, and evenings to accommodate business needs.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point (Understanding of statistic programs a plus).
  • Ability to use a computer, familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Please send resumes to: info@explorabiolabs.com

Job Description

Multiple entry-level Animal Care and Breeding Technician positions are available at Explora Biolabs’ San Diego Site. Explora Biolabs is a California based biotech company founded in 2004 that conducts first-in-class preclinical research. This position requires the candidate to be highly motivated and work independently in a fast-paced work environment. Explora Biolabs provides a competitive salary benefits package. Summary Perform basic animal husbandry techniques following all applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the specific work area.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Animal Care and Husbandry Responsibilities
  • Ensure that high standards of animal welfare are met.
  • Provide food, water and clean housing to animals according to applicable SOPs.
  • Perform routine animal health observations.
  • Monitor temperature and humidity, reporting any issues to supervisor or manager.
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Maintain vivarium cleanliness in accordance with applicable SOPs.
  • Order and maintain accurate supply inventory
  • Maintain and organize supply areas.
Other Responsibilities
  • Maintain rodent breeding colonies
  • Reserve, select, and accurately pack animals for customer orders following established shipping procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Physical Demands
  • Dexterity of physical condition to operate all job duties; lift and move objects regularly throughout the shift.
  • Work in a standing position requiring bending and stretching of arms and legs throughout regular work shift.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
Special Considerations
  • Must avoid contact with rodent species outside of work.
Education
  • High School Diploma or equivalent. Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school or BS preferred.

Please send resumes to: info@explorabiolabs.com

Job Description

A Regional Vivarium Manager position is available at Explora Biolabs’ San Diego site. Explora Biolabs is a California-based biotech services company founded in 2004 that operates Vivarium-as-a-Service™ research facilities, and conducts pre-clinical research services and studies. This position requires the candidate to be highly motivated and work independently in a fast-paced work environment, comfortable interacting daily with external and internal customers, and adjusting to his/her evolving responsibilities. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required, but the company reserves the right to weigh different skillsets as appropriate.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Vivarium Operations at Multiple Locations:

  • Manage (and hire) 10-15 animal technicians:
    • Develop and optimize workflow for each animal technician at multiple locations.
    • Follow up on day-to-day execution job duties at all respective vivaria.
  • Host weekly vivarium staff meetings and lead group discussions.
  • Plan overtime and sign time sheets biweekly.
  • Evaluate employee work efficiency and arranges personnel resources.
  • Oversee the animal orders for all clients.
  • Oversee the ordering of facilities materials (caging, bedding, diets for all Explora’s All SD sites).
  • Collaborate with the Company’s Safety Officer and IACUC Chair, host inspections.
  • Responsible for facility records (per Diem forms, RCL forms, cage cards, sentinel records, facility walk-through record, inspection records, etc)
  • Collaborate with company’s Safety Officers and IACUC Chair to implement the safety and IACUC policies in vivaria.
  • Oversee reserve, select, and accurately pack animals for customer orders following established shipping procedures.
  • Oversee the DEA program.

Quality Control of Vivarium Services:

  • Develop and optimize animal husbandry procedures (SOPs for vivarium operations).
  • Train animal technicians to follow procedures.
  • Set up weekly checklist, conduct weekly walk-through at each vivarium and keep records.
  • Meet with clients and collect feedback comments from clients every month and keep records.
  • Monitor and ensure that safety and IACUC policies are followed in respective vivaria.

Customer Service and Client Communication

  • Coordinate the vivarium services and the on-boarding/off-boarding of clients.
    • Implement room usage protocols.
    • Address client’s questions and requests regarding vivarium and technical services.
    • Inform clients the animal health conditions, facility operations, company’s operation changes, etc. when needed.
    • Work with Explora’s Research team and coordinate vivarium resource usage for the CRO research.
    • Host client’s facility visits.
  • Provide access of vivaria to each client and keep the records of facility keys/access cards.
  • Maintain and coordinate instruments on loan.
  • Oversee the supply orders for clients.
  • Interface between IACUC and clients to ensure IACUC policies are followed.
  • Facilitate communication between clients and the IACUC:
    • Communicate and explain IACUC rules and policies to clients.
    • Communicate clients’ needs and timeline to IACUC

Facility and Equipment Maintenance

  • Establish equipment inventory for each vivarium.
  • Interface with landlord and outside contractors for facility repairing and maintenance, and keep maintenance logbooks.
  • Interface with contractors for equipment maintenance and keep maintenance logbooks

Storage Room Maintenance

  • Responsible for setting up and maintaining supply inventory at each vivarium.
  • Responsible for maintaining storage room efficiency.
  • Set up and maintain shelf labeling.
  • Keep proper inventory level and stock rotation.
  • Check expiration dates on all supplies.
  • Ensure sufficient supplies for the vivarium daily operation.
  • Proper waste program management.

Personnel Management

  • Set up job description for each animal technician.
  • Hire animal technicians when needed.
  • Set up the yearly goals for each animal technician.
  • Evaluate employee’s performances quarterly.
  • As a direct supervisor, perform coach and counsel and trouble-shoot personnel issues.
  • Performance yearly performance review.

Oversee In-house Communication:

  • Keep supervisor and Upper Management abreast of Vivarium operations.
  • Interface and enhance communication between Upper Management and the vivarium staff.
  • Support Upper Management team on policy making on vivarium operations.

Other Responsibilities

  • As assigned.

Physical Demands

Dexterity of physical condition to operate all job duties; lift and move objects regularly throughout the shift. Work in a standing position requiring bending and stretching of arms and legs throughout regular work shift.

Special Considerations

Must avoid contact with rodent species outside of work. Must shower in between vivarium visits

Job Requirements

  • A BS or BA degree is required and a MS or an AALAS certification is a plus.
  • 7-10 years experience managing pre-clinical or vivarium operations; significant animal care exposure is preferred.
  • Must have a fundamental understanding of animal welfare and the importance of ethical use of animals in research.
  • Familiar with research animal species (mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits) and their appropriate use.
  • Familiar with laboratory and/or animal research facilities, equipment and supplies.
  • Ability to apply fundamental principles of sanitation and disinfection.
  • Able to operate and maintain scientific equipment related with animal care.
  • Flexible to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying workloads, including weekends, holiday, and evenings to accommodate business needs.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to keep well-documented, accurate work records.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Able to work in a high-paced, quality and customer service environment.
  • Able to perform assigned tasks independently.
  • Must be detail oriented and able to multi-task.
  • Excellent work ethic and must be a team player.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and accuracy in basic mathematical computation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in business software, email, etc.
  • Understand basic animal techniques, including dosing, blood/tissue collections and etc.
  • Proficient in regulatory compliance (e.g. IACUC, NIH, USDA, AAALAC, OLAW, DEA, FDA)
  • Understand Management principles.
  • Understand Human Resources basics (CA labor law basics).

Please send resumes to: info@explorabiolabs.com

Job Description

A Regional Vivarium Manager position is available at Explora Biolabs’ San Francisco Bay Area site.  Explora Biolabs is a California-based biotech services company founded in 2004 that operates Vivarium-as-a-Service™ research facilities, and conducts pre-clinical research services and studies.  This position requires the candidate to be highly motivated and work independently in a fast-paced work environment, comfortable interacting daily with external and internal customers, and adjusting to his/her evolving responsibilities. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Vivarium Operations at Multiple Locations:

  • Manage (and hire) 10-15 animal technicians:
    • Develop and optimize workflow for each animal technician at multiple locations.
    • Follow up on day-to-day execution job duties at all respective vivaria.
  • Host weekly vivarium staff meetings and lead group discussions.
  • Plan overtime and sign time sheets biweekly.
  • Evaluate employee work efficiency and arranges personnel resources.
  • Oversee the animal orders for all clients.
  • Oversee the ordering of facilities materials (caging, bedding, diets for all Explora’s all SF sites).
  • Collaborate with the company’s Safety Officer and IACUC Chair, host inspections.
  • Responsible for facility records (per diem forms, RCL forms, cage cards, sentinel records, facility walk-through record, inspection records, etc)
  • Collaborate with company’s Safety Officers and IACUC Chair to implement the safety and IACUC policies in vivaria.
  • Oversee reserve, select, and accurately pack animals for customer orders following established shipping procedures.
  • Oversee the DEA program.

Quality Control of Vivarium Services:

  • Develop and optimize animal husbandry procedures (SOPs for vivarium operations).
  • Train animal technicians to follow procedures.
  • Set up weekly checklist, conduct weekly walk-through at each vivarium and keep records.
  • Meet with clients and collect feedback comments from clients every month and keep records.
  • Monitor and ensure that safety and IACUC policies are followed in respective vivaria.

Customer Service and Client Communication

  • Coordinate the vivarium services and the on-boarding/off-boarding of clients.
    • Implement room usage protocols.
    • Address client’s questions and requests regarding vivarium and technical services.
    • Inform clients the animal health conditions, facility operations, company’s operation changes, etc. when needed.
    • Work with Explroa’s Research team and coordinate vivarium resource usage for the CRO research.
    • Host client’s facility visits.
  • Provide access of vivaria to each client and keep the records of facility keys/access cards.
  • Maintain and coordinate instruments on loan.
  • Oversee the supply orders for clients.
  • Interface between IACUC and clients to ensure IACUC policies are followed.
  • Facilitate communication between clients and the IACUC:
    • Communicate and explain IACUC rules and policies to clients.
    • Communicate clients’ needs and timeline to IACUC.

Facility and Equipment Maintenance

  • Establish equipment inventory for each vivarium.
  • Interface with landlord and outside contractors for facility repairing and maintenance, and keep maintenance logbooks.

Storage Room Maintenance

  • Responsible for setting up and maintaining supply inventory at each vivarium.
  • Responsible for maintaining storage room efficiency.
  • Set up and maintain shelf labeling.
  • Keep proper inventory level and stock rotation.
  • Check expiration dates on all supplies.
  • Ensure sufficient supplies for the vivarium daily operation
  • Proper waste program management

Personnel Management

  • Set up job description for each animal technician.
  • Hire animal technicians when needed.
  • Set up the yearly goals for each animal technician.
  • Evaluate employee’s performances quarterly.
  • As a direct supervisor, perform coach and counsel and troubleshoot personnel issues.
  • Performance yearly performance review.
 

Oversee In-house Communication:

  • Keep Supervisor and Upper Management abreast of vivarium operations.
  • Interface and enhance communication between Upper Management and the vivarium staff.
  • Support Upper Management on policy making on vivarium operations.

Other Responsibilities

  • As assigned.

Physical Demands

Dexterity of physical condition to operate all job duties; lift and move objects regularly throughout the shift. Work in a standing position requiring bending and stretching of arms and legs throughout regular work shift.

Special Considerations

Must avoid contact with rodent species outside of work. Must shower in between vivarium visits.

Job Requirements

  • A BS or BA degree is required and a MS or an AALAS certification is a plus.
  • 7-10 years experience managing pre-clinical or vivarium operations; significant animal care exposure is preferred.
  • Must have a fundamental understanding of animal welfare and the importance of ethical use of animals in research.
  • Familiar with research animal species (mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits) and their appropriate use.
  • Familiar with laboratory and/or animal research facilities, equipment and supplies.
  • Ability to apply fundamental principles of sanitation and disinfection.
  • Able to operate and maintain scientific equipment related with animal care.
  • Flexible to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying workloads, including weekends, holiday, and evenings to accommodate business needs.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to keep well-documented, accurate work records.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Able to work in a high-paced, quality and customer service environment.
  • Able to perform assigned tasks independently.
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to multi-task.
  • Excellent work ethic and must be a team player.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and accuracy in basic mathematical computation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in business software, email, etc.
  • Understand basic animal techniques, including dosing, blood/tissue collections and etc.
  • Proficient in regulatory compliance (e.g. IACUC, NIH, USDA, AAALAC, OLAW, DEA, FDA)
  • Understand Management principles.
  • Understand Human Resources basics (CA labor law basics).

Please send resumes to info@explorabiolabs.com