Description: How have you impacted someone?s life today? At
Hackensack Meridian Health our teams are focused on changing the
lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each
and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational
health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care
capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to
apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career
all within New Jersey?s premier healthcare system.
The Senior Animal Technician Specialist will be responsible for
the conduct of highly specialized and technically complex
experiments using small animal models (rodents and rabbits) of
infection with various bio-safety level 2 and 3 pathogens and
providing technical support for the BSL-3 Labs. Studies will be
carried out in Animal Biosafety Level 2 (ABSL-2) and Animal
Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) facilities and focus on infections via
aerosol, intranasal, intraperitoneal, intravenous intradermal and
subcutaneous routes; intraperitoneal, intramuscular, subcutaneous
and intravenous injections of rodents and other small animals with
therapeutics and/or anesthesia; necropsy to isolate the organs;
evaluate tissue burdens; isolation of single cell suspension from
Responsibilties: A day in the life of Senior Animal Technician
Specialist at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:
Perform various research and technical operations relative to
ongoing projects to bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens
(Evaluation of therapeutics, development of novel diagnostics and
studies in pathogenesis and virulence).
Preparation of BSL-2 and BSL-3 pathogen cultures.
Assist in analysis of host immune response using Flow cytometry
and other immunological methods
Perform other laboratory analytical assays such as real time
PCR, ELISA and western blots.
Set-up, maintain, sterilize, and decontaminate the devices for
aerosol infection, homogenizer, and other equipment.
Autoclave waste materials and clean biosafety cabinets and
Train new personnel to work under high level biocontainment.
This includes basic laboratory bench work and animal studies.
Ensures that the staff are trained and evaluated on their
knowledge of and adherence to compliance policies and procedures
specific to their jobs.
Understands and adheres to HMH CDI compliance standards.
Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal and state regulations,
laws and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are
Qualifications: Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Bachelor's degree in a relevant science.
Minimum of 4 years of experience in work with animal infection
models under Biosafety level 3 containment.
Experience in infectious diseases.
Comprehensive knowledge in Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular
Biology and Biochemistry.
Excellent organization and record-keeping skills.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are
All candidates must enroll and be given clearance by the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Criminal Justice Information
Services Division (CJIS) Security Risk Assessment.
Must retain clearance to work with HHS Tier 1 Select Agents and
be enrolled in the Select Agent Program Personnel Reliability
Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:
CDC approved for work with select agents.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Management
If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your
strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!