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Animal Care Specialist, Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology (I-GHHE) AtThe American University in Cairo - biology, chemistry, biotechnology, or veterinary technology Vacancy

 Animal Care Specialist, Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology (I-GHHE) AtThe American University in Cairo - biology, chemistry, biotechnology, or veterinary technology Vacancy


Animal Care Specialist, Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology (I-GHHE) AtThe American University in Cairo - biology, chemistry, biotechnology, or veterinary technology Vacancy


Job description

Reports to: Laboratory Manager


Purpose: The animal care specialist is responsible for caring for animals in the clinical or research setting. The animal care specialist's duties include maintaining animal records, cleaning cages and other equipment, assisting in administering injections and medications, experimental protocols and preparing laboratory samples. In addition, they may be assigned tasks associated with analyses and surgical procedures in the Vivarium (Animal Housing) or transfer of material to analytical laboratories with I-GHHE.




Principal Accountabilities:  


Ensuring assigned animal labs’ readiness for housing, procedures and daily cleanliness

Conduct and maintain daily, or as requested, records on:

Animal weight and health status

Water and food consumption

Monitored conditions of animals and facility (humidity/temperature) per PI protocols

Document fluctuations in colony due to protocols or unexpected mortality

Independently conduct and assist with:

Administration of medication as provided by veterinarian

Administration of dosing regimens per experimental protocols (gavage, intraperitoneal, intramuscular)

Euthanasia and dissection for target tissue collection

Minor surgical procedures (suturing) as instructed by Lab Manager or PI

Major surgical procedures as assistant to PI or veterinarian

Sample collection and preliminary analyses of:

Blood collection (tail vein; orbital)

Microscopy (hematology: cell count; hematocrit; hemoglobin)

Behavioral assessment in response to chemical testing:

Home cage activity

Balance-beam assessment

Temperature and pain thresholds

Aversion testing

Assist in establishing protocols and training for students and faculty conducting research across AUC stakeholders

Liaison and work with contract veterinarian to implement and maintain Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) guidelines

Carry out instructions regarding animal health and/or treatment, as provided by the contract Veterinarian, maintain records of visits and logging instructions

Supporting researchers in laboratory analyses, and procedures which may include dosing regimens, behavioral testing, surgical procedures, euthanasia and termination of studies

Maintain inventory and ordering of vivarium supplies such as bedding, feed, first aid and minor surgical supply, disinfectants, biohazard disposal systems

Perform minor biomedical analyses in hematology and immunology as assigned by manager or PIs

Maintaining the daily cleanliness and security of facility in terms access, best practices, individual environmental controls

Maintaining an updated inventory of all lab items (equipment, devices, tools, consumables) and animal per diem for charge-back to grants and user fees

Perform other related tasks as assigned

 


Requirements:


Minimum Education Requirement: 


BSc in biology, chemistry, biotechnology, or veterinary technology or related field


Experience:


At least two years of experience or significant animal use during studies


Skills:


Workable command of English and Arabic (Spoken and written)

Ability to handle animals and minor monitoring or analytical equipment, varied instrumentation for collection, including best practices in laboratory safety and hazard control

Knowledge of computers, software, and network concepts in data collection and inventory (e.g., Excel)

Good background about contemporary animal safety and humane treatment as per the ethical guidelines

Good troubleshooting and problem anticipation

Good communication, interpersonal skills and analytical skills

Time management and planning skills

Can work under pressure and within a team

Ability to train other staff members, students and faculty


The position is open until July 25, 2021

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