Submitted: 24 February 2021
Department: Southwest National Primate Research Center
Institution: Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Job type: Full time
Apply by: 30 April 2021
Application URL: https://txbiomed.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home?c=txbiomed

Eradicating infectious diseases has remained constant throughout our history and the values on which Texas Biomed was built: Teamwork, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Safety.

As a national leader among independent research institutes working exclusively on infectious diseases, Texas Biomedical Research Institute is discovering and sharing critical breakthroughs needed by scientists to help protect you, your families and the global community from the threats of infectious diseases.

Since its founding in 1941 by Thomas B. Slick Jr., the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) has gained worldwide recognition in scientific and academic communities for the quality of its basic research.

The Institute’s combination of unique resources, including its more than 75 PhD scientists, is powering a new approach to research that is accelerating the development of diagnostics, therapies and vaccines for the world’s deadliest infections.

Texas Biomedical Research Institute is dedicated to the advancement of human health through basic and translational research into the nature, causes, prevention and eradication of diseases. Our scientific programs and research resources are focused in the following areas: Scientific Programs: Host-Pathogen Interactions; Disease Intervention & Prevention; Population Health Research Resources: Scientific Cores; High Containment; Southwest National Primate Research Center

Job Summary

Macaque Breeding Colony Manager

The Breeding Colony Manager reports to the Colony Administrator overseeing the SNPRC specified Breeding Colony. The Breeding Colony Manager assists with all aspects of colony oversight. Major Duties and Responsibilities Participates in strategic long-term management planning for the SNPRC breeding colonies. Tracks and ensures accuracy of breeding colony census and statistics for Colony Administrator. Monitors and documents breeding productivity and other colony health benchmarks Works with Colony Administrator to select future breeders, compose breeding groups using compatibility data, genetic data, ancestry data, and reproductive history. Monitors colony pathogen surveillance and clinical diagnostic results. Monitors colony inventory, updates histories and assessments for future research assignments. Assists with colony reporting needs and SNPRC Consortium data collection and presentations. Assists in research planning meetings to comment on requested animal specifications, and identifies suitable candidate animals for study. Schedules and oversees preventative health care for the breeding colony. Identifies and helps plan social cohort processing to maintain compliance with the preventative health program. Collects pertinent data on colony health, pregnancy status, and clinical follow-up required; documents this information and assists with any planning and scheduling needs related to findings. Manages the weaning offspring and monitoring in the immediate post-weaning phase. Coordinates pre-project planning, screening, and relocations. May attend SNPRC Breeding Colony Management Consortium meetings (monthly teleconference; annual in-person) Assists clinical Veterinarians and other staff by conducting historical record reviews, kinship comparisons, behavioral observations, and other duties as needed. Responsibilities may expand to other general colony management areas as assigned by supervisor. Activities Requiring Direct Involvement with Animals: •Conducts regular rounds in the colony to monitor census, births, and housing needs. •Participates with Behavioral management to monitor social interactions of groups, assessment and implementation of enrichment or training programs. •Participates in preventative health care to assist with clinical data collection. •Participates in pre-assignment processes such as screening, pre-project physicals, and relocation. Activities Involving Primarily Data Management: •Updates census information such as births, deaths, changes to breeding groups, moves, etc. •Updates birth information and assigning ID numbers. •Monitors production and clinical histories. •Compiles medical history data for assignment to research projects. •Compiles and monitors colony health data. •Advises on maintenance, renovation, and construction of colony-specific buildings •Tracks animal participation in genetic characterization programs Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: Required: Bachelor of Science in laboratory animal medicine, veterinary pathology, zoology, anthropology or related discipline. At least five years of experience in animal lab operations or animal facilities management. Must have experience working with an active NHP breeding colony. Preferred: Master of Science in laboratory animal medicine, veterinary pathology, zoology, anthropology or related discipline. A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or DVM) is ideal. Experience using computer and other technology in management highly preferred. Licenses and/or Certifications AALAS Certificate at the LATg level or Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) preferred. Other appropriate combinations of education and experience will be considered.

This is a full-time salaried (exempt) position. Texas Biomed business hours are Mondays through Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Texas Biomed is committed to a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug screen is required.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, AD&D, and long-term disability insurances. Educational assistance program, paid holidays, vacation, sick/emergency leave, retirement plan.

Apply online at https://txbiomed.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home?c=txbiomed A completed application packet is a requirement for all positions. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status

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