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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 09/29/23

Applications Due10/20/23

Vacancy ID140546

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleResearch Scientist 1 (Laboratory Animal Resource Center)

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $63108 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Other (see below)

"Other" Explanation Day shift including weekends and holidays

Hours Per Week 40


From 9 AM

To 5:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Richmond

Street Address Institute for Basic Research

1050 Forest Hill Road

City Staten Island


Zip Code10314

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATION:

Bachelor's Degree and two years of professional research experience in the appropriate field, or a master's Degree in the appropriate field and one year of professional research experience in that field.

Duties Description PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES not limited to:

• Able to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for animal facilities, and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals.
• Able to follow and accurately execute existing SOPs. Help review and prepare new SOPs as needed.
• Perform animal husbandry and animal care support services, and daily observations of each animal, including completion of room and census logs.
• Perform basic husbandry for laboratory rodents (including cage changes, cleaning of cages and racks, feeding/watering, placing enrichment, and monitoring of animals) in accordance with The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
• After training, operate cage washing equipment such as rack washers, bottle washers, and autoclaves.
• Adhere to proper waste management protocols.
• Make up disinfectant chemicals and perform proper disinfection and sanitation of animal facilities.
• Assist in receiving and exporting animal shipments.
• Keep appropriate records for animal housing and study support (such as rodent breeding).
• Perform transgenic breeding colony management; including, but not limited to, weaning, identification (tag, tattoo, ear punching) and tail tipping for genotyping, set-up mating’s, timed mating’s and checking for copulatory plugs, monitoring breeding performance.
• Troubleshoot rodent strains with breeding difficulties.
• Effectively communicate via email and verbally with investigators and LARC staff about colony management, inventory, animal breeding, and research needs.
• Assist with health monitoring sample collection.
• Perform some facilities duties including receiving, stocking and maintenance of all supply inventories.
• Make reports at laboratory and LARC staff meetings.

Required Skills:

• Able to work both independently and in a team environment.
• Have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
• Able to use basic computer programs and perform data entry using Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
• Able to interpret and effectively execute upon a variety of instructions provided in written, oral, diagram or schedule formats.
• Able to quickly adapt to a rapidly changing environment and demands.
• Able to perform critical thinking and adjust behavior in emergency drills or potential emergency situations.

Physical Requirements:

• The ability to stand for long periods of time and perform repetitive motions.
• Effectively handle lifting of various objects weighing up to 60 pounds.
• The ability to perform moderate manual labor.
• Direct exposure to animals and potential allergens.
• Ability to use large pieces of equipment.
• Direct exposure to chemicals including disinfectants and detergents.
• Work involves the use of potentially hazardous material, including biological and chemical 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.


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Name Staten Island DDSO Human Resources

Telephone 718-983-5433

Fax 718-983-5216

Email Address


Street Staten Island DDSO

1150 Forest Hill Road, Bldg 46, Human Resources

City Staten Island

State NY

Zip Code 10314


Notes on ApplyingPlease reference the EOA# 2023-107 in all correspondence when submitting cover letter and/or resume to the above address or fax.

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