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Animal Quality Assurance Specialist
Category: Education
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Weill Cornell Medical College

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  Job posted:   Thu Jun 7, 2018
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Animal Quality Assurance Specialist
Position Summary
Assist with the conduct and implementation of the government mandated training program for investigative staff using animals for research and teaching. Monitor and report on matters of compliance with regard to applicable federal, state, institutional and departmental regulations. RARC's oversight of the projects utilizing and facilities employing hazardous agents. Serve on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and advise on and assist with regulatory matters of institutional concern.
Job Responsibilities
+ Assists with the development, implementation, instruction and recording of training activities for staff responsible for using animals in research and or working in the vivarium.
+ Serves on the IACUC compliance sub-committee, prepares reports on findings of non-compliance and develops methods to correct them.
+ Keeps abreast of developments in methods, standards, and requirements for training and post approval compliance monitoring in animal research and all current laws, regulations, and policies governing animal research, teaching, and testing.
+ Conducts quality assurance reviews of the animal resource program and laboratories to monitor and ensure compliance with federal, state, institutional & departmental regulations, reports on findings and develops methods to correct items of non-compliance.
+ Interacts with Federal and NY State officials when inspecting the animal facilities including escorting the inspectors around the facilities and participating in determining resolutions and forming responses to all inquiries or compliance matters.
+ Assists with training & review of operational procedures prior to study initiation for investigative staff utilizing hazardous agents. Ensures information is disseminated such that staff is informed of the project details & safeguards are followed.
+ Authors and assists in the development of Standard Operating Procedures pertaining to education and quality assurance.
+ Participates as a full/alternate member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as needed, by participating in protocol & addendum review, assisting in protocol development and performing semi-annual facility and laboratory inspections.
+ Prepares reports to the IACUC on matters of non-compliance and assists in determining satisfactory resolutions.
+ Bachelor's Degree
Approximately 2 years of related work experience.
Thorough knowledge of regulations governing the use of animals in research.
AALAS certification at Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level or higher and or demonstrated equivalent experience.
Understanding of Animal Biological Safety Levels and associated procedures is preferred.
Previous experience as member of staff on an Animal Care and Use Committee is preferred.
Teaching/public speaking experience is preferred.
Knowledge of occupational health and safety concerns in the field of laboratory animal science is preferred.
Experience developing e-Learning modules is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
+ Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).
+ Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and database applications.
+ Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
+ Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to interact with multiple constituencies and exercise "people skills".
+ Must be capable of functioning independently with minimal supervision.
Licenses and Certifications
Working Conditions/Physical Demands
Occasional heavy lifting up to 50lbs
Must be able to handle fractious animals
May include occasional on-call assignments, weekends and holidays
Potential exposure to animal bites and scratches, needles and other sharp instruments, infectious agents, radiosotopes, toxic chemicals, and radiation
Exposure to a variety of animal species/workplace allergens
Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled employer.

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