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Winter Co-op/Animal Sciences


Description of Department:

The In Vivo Sciences & Delivery is a multi-disciplinary team of laboratory animal and in vivo scientists ensuring high quality animal care and welfare, effective and efficient quality programs for in vivo study support. IVSD maintains GSK animal facilities in compliance with GSK policy, international peer organisations e.g. AAALAC, and local regulatory bodies.

Job Description:

The IVSD Technician is a professional animal care specialist who, in accordance with standard operating procedures and regulatory requirements performs a wide variety of duties necessary to ensure the care, welfare, enrichment and well-being of all laboratory animals entrusted to their care. Some work with in-vivo scientists within their assigned area to ensure timely completion of all in-vivo study objectives. The Animal Sciences co-op student will participate with all study delivery components including study support (dosing, blood sampling etc.) and a core animal care, husbandry, and welfare program and daily animal facility requirements to ensure in vivo studies are successfully completed and that the “focus on the project” culture is developed and maintained at all times. They will ensure all country and local regulatory and compliance requirements as well as AAALAC accreditation is maintained.
We have extensive Laboratory Animal Science, delivering a Culture of Care – Good Science – Focus on Animal Welfare.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for daily technical operations and care including enrichment and well-being practices for all animals assigned to their responsibility
  • Perform the duties required for the daily care of various research animals including feeding, watering, cleaning, and cage sanitization as well as the moving and transferring of animals as needed
  • Make daily observations related to the condition and health of animals and report any irregularities in the animal colony, including the recording and reporting of ill or abnormal animals and conditions to the supervisory and veterinary staff in a timely fashion
  • Maintain animal rooms and facilities in a hospital-clean state of sanitation at all times
  • Responsible for reviewing, learning, and following all departmental protocols, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and safety practices (EHS&S).
  • Demonstrate high accuracy with record keeping and documentation required including AREA forms and other required documentation practices
  • Regularly use and update animal inventory data via the Animal Management system
  • Operate equipment to move and handle materials required for the operation of the department, e.g., feed, bedding, caging, chemicals, and various other supplies and expendables.
  • Perform authorized routine maintenance and repairs of assigned equipment and report all broken or malfunctioning equipment to the supervisor
  • Receive animals on arrival in accordance with SOP established for each species and perform duties such as unloading, uncrating, transferring, weighing, inspecting, and signing for designated animals
  • Ensure compliance with all safety practices and appropriate use of all personal protective equipment at all times
  • Make suggestions on how to enhance and to continuously improve our animal welfare programs
  • Support a “One Team” culture by exhibiting a high degree of team working skills with colleagues
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of advancements in the field of laboratory animal care
  • Perform after hours, weekend, and holiday work as required to meet the operational needs of the department

Basic Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Animal Science, or similar disciplines.
  • Must be able to work full-time (35-40 hours/week) throughout the 6 month co-op.
  • Must have an active student status and/or within 12 months post-graduation from a BS or MS degree program. Post-doctoral candidates are not eligible.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic laboratory experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in an Animal related field.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must successfully pass a drug screen and background check prior to assignment target start date.
  • Must provide your own funding for relocation and commuting.
  • If your skillsets are a match for this role, you will be contacted by our recruitment team with next steps to complete our internal World of GSK Assessment. Please note, you must receive a passing score to move forward in the interview process. Once your assessment is complete, a recruiter will review your results and be in touch with next steps.
If you are hired for an on-site role, you will be required to provide Atrium with proof of COVID-19 Vaccination as a part of the on-boarding process on behalf of GSK. GSK has made the decision to require all US employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, where allowed by state or local law and where vaccine supply is readily available. The only exceptions to this requirement are employees who are approved for an accommodation for religious, medical or disability-related reasons.