The Comparative Biology Unit (CBU) is a 25,000-square foot, AAALAC-accredited animal core facility that provides quality animal care and husbandry services required to perform humane, responsible, and scientifically reproducible animal experiments. The program complies with the Animal Welfare Act, the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and all other animal regulations and welfare guidelines. The unit maintains secure, species-specific, environmentally controlled animal rooms; fully equipped BSL2, quarantine, surgery, and necropsy suites; and a specialized animal diet kitchen for the preparation of custom experimental diets. It also offers a wide range of technical support including: specialized breeding; diet preparation; restricted, weighed, and paired feeding of standard, semi-purified, and liquid diets; monitoring and analysis of body weights, food intakes, and health status; body composition analysis; tissue and biological fluid sample collection; anesthesia support; necropsy support; and cognitive and behavioral testing. These resources are available to HNRCA investigators who utilize animal models to further their understanding of nutrient metabolism to better understand how diet, in combination with genetic and environmental factors, promotes health over the life span.
What You'll Do
We are seeking someone to take over as the Manager of the Comparative Biology Unit (CBU), who will lead and fully participate in the day-to-day operations of the animal care program at the HNRCA. Working closely with the CBU’s attending veterinarian and multiple labs and departments at the HNRCA, s/he is responsible for the husbandry, fiscal, regulatory, and physical plant operations of the animal research facility at the HNRCA and ensures that the core unit’s facilities and operations are maintained at the highest level. In communication and cooperation with the attending veterinarian, coordinates all routine and emergency animal care.
Works with HNRCA investigators on the planning, design, and execution of mission-related animal studies and leads a team of lab animal technicians in research animal husbandry
Coordinates, supervises, and participates in the day-to-day operations of the CBU, including both animal handling and managerial activities
Manages the core unit’s annual operating budget and ensures timely, accurate cost-recovery for work related to sponsored projects
Handles planning for space and other resource needs
Participates in the acquisition of major equipment and supplies
Hires, manages, and trains full-time and part-time staff
Coordinates all routine and emergency animal care, including situations involving animal injury or disease
Ensures all CBU users are trained and possess necessary skills and certifications for proposed activities
Teaches, observes, and monitors investigators and technicians conducting experimental and surgical procedures
Coordinates and oversees breeding and genotyping of various lines of recombinant mice
Ensures the animal care program’s compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations, guidelines, and related humane and ethical standards
Represents the HNRCA to inspectors, reviewers, and agencies (e.g., AAALAC, OLAW, USDA-APHIS, DEA, Commonwealth of Massachusetts)
Manages on-site reviews and visits and prepares program reports and descriptions
Coordinates, implements, maintains, and oversees federally mandated monitoring programs, including: an occupational health program; radionuclide, carcinogen, and biohazardous agent safety programs; veterinary diagnostic, therapeutic, and surveillance programs; and investigator/user, animal technician, and research technician training programs
Serves as a member of the Tufts IACUC, pre-reviews submissions to the IACUC, and monitors approved research protocols
What We're Looking For
Knowledge and experience typically acquired through a completion of a Master’s degree in animal care, nutrition, biomedical science, or a related field with at least six years’ experience working directly with laboratory animals
Knowledge of animal models, husbandry, animal breeding/genetics/recombinant animal technologies, and clinical/diagnostic fundamentals
Familiarity and direct experience with basic animal veterinary and technical procedures (e.g. injections, gavage, blood withdrawal, experimental feeding regimens, surgical/necropsy techniques, body composition analysis, etc.) and with BSL1 & 2 biological and chemical hazardous/carcinogenic/teratogenic agents
Earned (or qualification for examination for) Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) and Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA); DEA and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Controlled Substances License
Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to humane animal care and research use, include the NIH’s Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
Experience with lab animal management software
Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with principal investigators and other colleagues; ability to think creatively and to anticipate and address potential problems
Three or more years’ experience managing an animal facility
Earned M.D., D.O., D.V.M., or Ph.D. in a relevant field
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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