Research Technician I

Req ID: 7481 Date: Sep 13, 2019
Location: Durham, NC, US, 27710
Personnel Area: UNIVERSITY

Job Description Details
This 40/hr/week, Monday through Friday, position is responsible for facilitating research projects at the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) consistent with the needs of the researcher and the animal care policies of the DLC. A background in animal care and/or research design is strongly preferred.

Work Performed
•Assist researchers with any research involving animal interaction or manipulation (running trials, restraint, transport, shifting, etc.)
•Perform routine tasks to provide assistance to researchers or research projects. This may include weighing animals, obtaining specimens (feces, urine, hair, scents, etc.), and observing behavioral patterns
•Assist with data entry and maintaining various research databases
•Assist veterinary department with research requests involving animal capture, blood draws, and monitoring following sedation and anesthesia
•Participate in necropsies to bank blood, tissues, and cadavers for research use
•Process tissue and cadaver requests, including preparation of the shipment
•Assist in maintaining organization of the tissue and cadaver freezers
•Assist in routine duties such as supply inventory
•Ensure that all equipment/supplies used by researchers are properly cleaned, stored, and maintained
•Assist in maintaining research and lab spaces according to OESO and IACUC standards
•Assist in coordinating research activities with the routine demands of colony management
•Report observed signs of illness and/or behavioral problems to appropriate DLC staff
•Assume research coordination duties associated with Lead Research Technician position on an as-needed basis
•Participate in regular Research Department meetings
•Ensure proper use of animals consistent with the policies of the DLC and each PI’s IACUC protocol

Desired Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree
• Previous experience with captive animal management, especially primates
• Animal research experience
• Work well in team environment
• Strong organizational and communication skills
• Knowledge of basic principles of animal behavior
• Willingness to work occasional weekend hours (less than or equal to 8 hours per month)
• Must be able to lift 40 – 50 lbs

Minimum Qualifications
Education Work requires an Associate's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other science related scientific field.
Experience required above education/training requirement OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE