• Animal Technician III

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 8 months ago(3/31/2018 2:06 PM)
    Job ID
    Hidden (24988)
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

    This position reports directly to the Animal Resources Facility (ARF) Technical Services Manager. Key responsibilities: individual provides animal clinical care and treatment to research animals as prescribed by the ARF Technologist II and as directed by the Technical Services Manager or Attending Veterinarian. Under the direction of the Technologist II may assist in packing and shipping sentinel animals to Charles River Laboratories for diagnostic testing. Must be able to sex and wean mice, and identify animals by ear punch, ear tag number or toe clip.  Maybe asked to assist in some technical support duties. Must be able to understand and follow ARF standard operating procedures and DFCI institutional guidelines and policies. Individual must understand and follow the local, state, federal and regulations and guidelines.



    1. Routine handling, restraint, identification (including ear notching, tagging, tattooing, and toe clipping) and sexing of common laboratory animals. Ability to distinguish various common laboratory animal strains in accordance with standardized genetic nomenclature and phenotype identification.
    2. Responsible for maintaining and reporting accurate records, including but not limited to breeding records, health monitoring reports, receipt of sentinel animals and animal disposition logs. Requires a working knowledge of basic computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and other related software.         
    3. Responsible for monitoring animal colonies for injured, sick, moribund, or dead animals and recording/reporting any findings. Responsible for maintaining animal health records for on-going treatments in the HMR/IACUC database.
    4. Monitoring “Emergency Separation Notices,” separating overcrowded cages as necessary, transcribing correct animal information onto cage cards after separations, and entering information accurately into Technical Services database.
    5. Assists the Technologists I & II in collection of sentinel animals. This includes accurate sentinel animal identification (room/rack #) for scheduled shipment to Charles River Laboratories for pathogen testing.  Blood collection and serum preparation for sentinel animals in ABSL-2/3 suite.
    6. Responsible for maintaining and reporting accurate records, including but not limited to; technical service records, animal census, sterilization logs, breeding records, transgenic data, anesthesia machine logs, animal receiving and disposition logs, etc.
    7. Performs quarterly environmental testing of the animal facility, including equipment, surfaces and RO water.


    • Education:  High School Diploma or GED required. BS or BA degree preferred.
    • Experience: Minimum of four years of experience working in an AAALAC-accredited laboratory animal facility.  Previous experience helpful but not required.
    • Certification/Licensure: AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) or Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) level is required within first year of acquiring position. 

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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