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Reserach Support Specialist III (NIMH)

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JOB TITLE: Research Support Specialist III (NIMH) Bethesda, MD
Research Support Specialist III for the National Institute of Mental Health under the direction of the Veterinary Medicine and Resources Branch (VMRB) and Institute Veterinarians. This individual will serve as the Marmoset Colony Manager and Technician.

The Marmoset Colony Manager and Technician must demonstrate a working knowledge of veterinary science and technology (e.g. first aid response, pharmacy and pharmacology, surgical support, treatment, nursing care, and examination), as well as have experience with a wide variety of laboratory animal species. The ideal manager will have technical expertise in anesthesia and surgical support, including but not limited to surgical preparation, induction, anesthesia monitoring, ventilation support, constant rate infusion and/or total intravenous anesthesia, surgical (sterile prep and surgical scrub) preparation, surgical assistance, radiology, imaging procedures, troubleshooting problems, handling emergency/critical/post-operative care, wound management, and experience in the handling, treatment, enrichment, care, and breeding of marmosets. In addition, the ideal candidate will also demonstrate a working knowledge of computers and associated software used in this research (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access/Filemaker Pro, etc.). Applicant must possess a valid U.S. driver?s license. Preferred candidate to be certified at the AALAS LATG level. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The manager should expect to attend scientific project team meetings to coordinate research requirements with available facility, staffing and veterinary resources. This could include, but is not limited to, processing work requests, coordination of schedules, providing cost analysis, reports, and ordering of supplies and materials. The manager will interact with investigators, program managers and veterinarians on all matters pertaining to the colony. Strong organizational skills are key to this position. The individual would coordinate, delegate and perform all phases of working with and maintaining the marmoset colony. Forecast timelines, create and adjust marmoset colony sizes with consultation with the NIMH Veterinarian(s) as needed to ensure that animal models are delivered on time to meet research goals and deliverables. Provide and support training for staff necessary to maintain the colony as established by SOPs. Provide guidance and oversight to maintain animal health and well-being in accordance with the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Maintain accurate laboratory documentation using established methods.

The candidate must have a M.S. or B.S. and a minimum of eight years? experience in laboratory animal research environment. The candidate will have a high level of technical expertise in anesthesia and surgical support with new and old-world nonhuman primates. Candidates should have knowledge of operational principles behind techniques and procedures used. Accurate and timely data/sample collection, record keeping, data processing and critical thinking skills are a must. Knowledge of math and science through education or demonstrated experience. Good English, oral and written communication skills are required. Must be able to lift 50 lbs., climb, stoop, bend, reach, and stand for prolonged periods. Must be responsible and reliable to work independently when necessary and maintain harmonious client and team relationships. Must be available to work flexible hours such as early mornings, evenings and weekends when necessary.

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June 30, 2018

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