Research Support Specialist- Rodent Behavioral and Physiological Phenotyping Technician

Req ID #:  87833

Baltimore, MD, US, 21224

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Research Support Specialist- Rodent Behavioral and Physiological Phenotyping Technician

  • Review, comprehend and comply with all SOP's and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific areas. 
  • Support and assist in research protocols and work independently of day-to-day oversight.
  • Ensure that cages are labeled correctly with information regarding strain, sex, and other required information.  Update cage cards as necessary.
  • Provide animal identification, i.e. ear notching, tail tattoo or transponder, as indicated.
  • Monitor availability of space and caging and communicates that information to the PM.
  • Monitor environmental parameters and report problems to the PM.

Research Support Specialist- Rodent Behavioral and Physiological Phenotyping Technician

  • Assist with the supervision of specialized care of animals including preparation of special diets and medicated water, care of immature, aged and special animals.
  • Conduct daily health assessments and report findings to the Attending Veterinarian.
  • Administer drugs or treatments to animals as directed.
  • Ensure that proper veterinary care and treatment for animals is maintained and records are documented completely.
  • May be required to perform injections, oral gavage, bleeds, vaginal swab/lavage, body weight measurements, feces/urine collection, anesthesia, full body perfusion and dissection, and gross necropsies for tissue harvest.

Research Support Specialist- Rodent Behavioral and Physiological Phenotyping Technician

  • Perform other duties as assigned, when needed.  This may include working with other species.
  • Interface with research staff to assist with logistics and scheduling of projects and conduct research and laboratory support services as directed.
  • Conduct behavioral phenotyping on rats to assess locomotor, cognitive, sensory, and emotional function. Tests may include (but are not limited to): gait analysis, home cage activity detection, rotarod, and grip strength.
  • Maintain all related logs and spreadsheets for data storage.
  • Comply with safety policies, procedures and SDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances.
  • Maintain required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.
  • Conducts animal work without the use of perfumed products i.e. soap, lotion, shampoo, laundry detergent, etc. as these may have a negative impact on reliability of results in longitudinal studies.
  • Handles large, aged rats gently and calmly.

Research Support Specialist- Rodent Behavioral and Physiological Phenotyping Technician

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Research Support Specialist position: 

  • Education:  HS diploma or GED equivalency required. Experience/Certification:  1-year experience with research animals + LAT certification OR Bachelor of Science in Animal Science or similar + 3 years of experience working with research animals OR 10-13 years of experience working with research animals.  

About Research Models & Services
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.


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