The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) is seeking a Lab Animal Research Manager to work with the Principal Investigator (PI), Eugene Butcher, M.D. in the Butcher Laboratory http://butcherlab.stanford.edu/, part of the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and Stanford University.
The Lab Animal Research Manager will be responsible for supporting research in the Research Service Veterinary Medical Unit (VMU) animal facility and assisting lab members with animal surgeries under the general direction of the Principal Investigator (PI).
The Lab Animal Research Manager is responsible for self-directed and independent thinking and participation for the overall laboratory animal needs in the laboratory.
This is a regular, full time (40 hrs/wk), exempt position.
Life Insurance - paid by PAVIR
Long-term Disability Insurance - paid by PAVIR
Short-term Disability Insurance - paid by PAVIR
Flexible Spending Account
401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match and Profit Share
Employee Assistance Program
PAVIR is a nonprofit foundation affiliated with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). As a condition of employment, all PAVIR employees are required to have an approved appointment with VAPAHCS and complete a background check before they can commence work.
Manage day-to day animal procedures of the laboratory
Set up breeding cages and manage pay codes as necessary to produce experimental animals;
Monitor mice daily in the animal facility for the health and breeding status; assess and follow up as necessary with VMU staff and PI;
Perform micro-tattooing and tail biopsy for identification of the mice;
Immunize mice using various techniques for monoclonal antibody generation;
Perform, assist and train with animal surgeries;
Carry out surgical procedures under anesthesia on mice including splenectomy; document and train others.
Manage integration of animal activities in overall laboratory activities
Present findings which may be helpful in the decision-making process;
Train others on animal surgeries as well as all other associated activities;
Maintain close communication with PI and lab members regarding current and future planned animal projects;
Participate and team with lab members in physiologic, molecular biology, genetic, and/or cell biology studies of the immune system;
Write and maintain animal protocols, which will require some literature searching for methods as well as input from the lab members.
Oversee animal compliance
Manage lab safety compliance with regulations regarding health, biosafety, safety issues and research administration;
Maintain records of breeding, weaning, and genotype results of the entire mouse colony;
Monitor and Assist with ACORP Management;
Attend IACUC meetings and address questions as they arise.
Coordinate animal activities with overall laboratory research
Attend meetings with other members of the research team where decisions are made concerning the direction of the research;
Participate in training and orientation of new staff and students;
Travel to Stanford as needed.
Manage data collection and analysis of animal research
Perform PCR genotyping on transgenic and mutant mice generated for the projects;
Maintain and present accurate laboratory notes reflecting high quality processes and data.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, or in a related field (or equivalent combination of experience and education) required.
LICENSE/CERTIFICATION:Valid Driver License is required.
At least 2 years of experience in a research laboratory;
2 years or more of mouse husbandry research-related experience.
KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS/ ABILITIES:
Comfortable working with small animals;
Strong interest in research and immunology problems;
Knowledge of regulatory compliance with animal research;
Knowledge of scientific research methodology;
Knowledge of research protocols;
Knowledge of VA and its health care system in regards to clinical research studies and understanding of VA procedures and safety issues highly desired;
Ability to handle high volume work;
Good interpersonal skills and communication with PI and other researchers in lab;
Proven skills in small animal handling and procedures;
Understanding of laboratory materials and equipment safety rules and regulations.
Strong analytical skills and excellent judgement.
Ability to build relationships and network with internal and external stakeholders to accomplish mutual goals.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal direction as well as cooperatively in a team environment;
Proven capacity to set priorities, coordinate multiple assignments, and follow through within a fast paced, multi-tasked environment;
Ability to work under deadlines with minimal guidance is essential.
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detail work.
Environmental Conditions / Physical Demands:
Physical: Lifting up to 20 lbs. occasionally, standing, bending, repetitive movement, manual dexterity, etc.
Environmental: Exposure to a wet lab environment, research animals, blood borne pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals or reagents, and radiation.
PAVIR engages in nonprofit medical research and works with sponsors and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in administering funds for conducting research to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. Please refer to our website for additional information: www.pavir.org
PAVIR is pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans, and Individuals with a Disability are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, please contact our Human Resources department.
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The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) engages in nonprofit medical research and works with sponsors and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in administering funds for conducting research to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. Please refer to our website for additional information: www.pavir.org