Spec, Lab Animal Research (req1995)

Posted: 7/2/2021
Location: Frederick, MD
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Job ID: req1995


The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. The Center for Advanced Preclinical Research (CAPR) within LASP develops preclinical model systems for evaluation of cancer therapeutics and biomarker discovery, to facilitate the translation of research findings to the clinic. Mouse models for cancer are developed or retooled for application to studies assessing small molecule drugs, immunotherapy, and other novel treatments. The Lab Animal Research Specialistwill perform a key role in supporting multiple preclinical studies.


Perform a variety of duties in support of CAPR operations:

  • Animal technical functions such as tail clipping and ear notching
  • Weekly body weights
  • Animal health observations
  • Dosing by several compound administration routes/methodologies
  • Mandibular bleeds
  • Animal surgeries and diagnostic sampling for inter-building transfers
  • Tumor detection and measurement by various methods
  • Performing animal necropsies
  • Data entry and management in several databases and Excel workbooks
  • Learning, understanding, and implementing required compliance protocols (e.g. Animal Care and Use Committee registries), animal welfare guidelines, and standard operating procedures (SOP)
  • Work schedule may include weekend and holiday hours
  • Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous material, including biological and chemical carcinogen materials, or may be located in areas where such materials are used and the use of personal protective equipment and adherence to strict safety protocols will be required


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Any combination of education and progressively responsible technical experience which qualifies the candidate to sit for the LATG Certification exam within 12 months of hire or Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or Veterinary Technology.Will encourage achievement of LATG Certification, however this is not required
  • Ability to perform a variety of technical procedures on laboratory animals (rodents)
  • Ability to keep computer records and maintain/update data in computer-based applications/databases
  • Detailed and accurate record keeping skills
  • Knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures for animal facilities, and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals
  • Experience in rodent handling, and husbandry
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • LAT certification and ability to pass LATG exam within 12 months of hire
  • Experience with murine cancer models


  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to animal(s) and/or animalmaterial(s)
  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations
  • This position is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance
  • This position is subject to working in or have the potential to exposure to high noise levels for extended periods of time requiring medical clearance
  • This position is subject to the environmental conditions such as working outdoors, high humidity areas indoors, dampness and chilling, dry atmospheric conditions, etc. as part of the job