Laboratory Animal Technician (Gnotobiotics)

Req ID #:  89331

Bethesda, MD, US, 20892

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.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Laboratory Animal Technician  for our Insourcing Solutions site located Bethesda, MD.
The following are responsibilities related to the Laboratory Animal Technician position:
• Reviews, comprehends and complies with all SOP's and quality assurance standards.
• Maintains laboratory animals in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
• Provides support to multiple ASP's running concurrently at varying phases.
• Performs technical support to assist in ASP related activities involving rodents and old world NHPs.
• Must have experience in animal handling, restraint, weighing, blood draw, inoculation, injection, induction, catheter placement.
• Must have experience to monitor the recovery of anesthetized animals, animal identification and husbandry procedures.
• Practice universal precautions appropriate to different levels of ABSL.
• Basic knowledge of technical animal injection skills ie, IP, IM and IV injections, orbital sinus bleeds, tail vein injections and cardiac bleeds.
• Preparing cylindars and packing cylindars with all necessary supplies as per isolator.
• Packaging feed and bedding.
• Autoclaving cylindars.
• Cleaning isolator equipment and sterilizing isolator equipment.
• Rebuilding isolators and adding caging equipment.
• Coordinating with courier and tech to sterilize equipment.
• Exiting samples collected by lab RSS
• Performing tech requests such as fecal and blood collection, euthanasia, anesthesia, injection, breeding, weaning, and other requests as needed.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Laboratory Animal Technician position:
• Education: H.S. Diploma or GED required. BS preferred.
 Experience:  Minimum of two years’ experience working in a lab animal environment to include technical procedures with rodents and NHP required. Experience with Gnotobiotic mice preferred.
• Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) required.  LAT preferred.

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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