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The Chicago Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CBAALAS) is a non-profit educational organization of persons and institutions professionally concerned with the humane production, care, and study of laboratory animals and serves as a medium for the exchange of scientific information on laboratory animal care.


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AVAILABLE JOBS - listed below

Research Support Facility Manager - DePaul University (posted 8/3/15)
Supervisor, Animal Husbandry - Rush University (posted 8/3/15)
R&D Technician V - AbbVie (posted 7/22/15)
R&D Toxicology Technician - AbbVie (posted 6/17/15)


Research Support Facility Manager will maintain the animal facility (research support facility) to ensure compliance with current standards outlined in the regulations and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide) and in agreement with our assurance the Public Health Service (PHS). The Manager will also work with investigators to facilitate animal research at DePaul.

Responsibilities & Duties:
Manage the daily operation of the animal facility which includes: ensure adequate daily care of the animals within the facility, maintain equipment in the animal facility, keep animal facility records, train and supervise animal care staff along with providing orientation to new facility users.
Being an ex-officio non-voting Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) member and attend a monthly IACUC meeting.
Being a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and attend monthly meetings. Based on information gained from these meetings, assist investigators with adherence to federal and institutional regulations, guidelines, and policies regarding animal use and maintaining the RSF policy and procedure manual and emergency and disaster plan.
Assess and facilitate facility space and resource needs.
Work with investigators to provide adequate space and resources for their animal research needs.
Work with institutional officials to develop and execute plans for improvement and expansion of the facility when needed.
Manage a budget and ordering supplies for the facility.

Education & Experience:
Bachelors degree in animal science, biology, zoology, or related discipline.
2-3 years experience in an animal research setting.

Preferred Requirements:
Advanced degree.
Some experience in facility maintenance or management.

Managerial responsibilities:
Decisions regarding the facility and the animals involved will be made regularly in consultation with federal and institutional guidelines.
Supervise a full time and part time animal technician.

Certifications & Licenses:
AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician certification or willingness to obtain certification after employment.

Other Skills & Abilities Required:
Knowledge of the pertinent animal welfare regulations and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
Strong organizational, communication and writing skills.
Ability to work with and communicate with personnel on all levels, such as, faculty, students, staff, and animal care personnel.
Must be willing to work weekends and holidays as needed.

Physical Requirements:
May need to be able to lift 20 pounds or more occasionally.

Cover Letter & Attachments:
You may upload attachments (cover letter, transcripts, portfolios, writing samples) in the “My Activities” tab of your profile.

Additional Information:

Salary & Benefits:
DePaul offers comprehensive and competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain talent to further the University's mission. Please click on the following link to review the full Benefits Summary. https://hr.depaul.edu/Benefits/index.html

For the Part Time Benefits Summary, click this link https://hr.depaul.edu/Benefits/Part-Time_Benefits/index.html

Go to this link to apply https://pshr.depaul.edu/psp/HRPRD92/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCH...

Required Background Screening:
All final candidates extended an offer of employment will undergo background screening.

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:
Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected.

For more information about the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, please visit:http://www.state.il.us/dcfs/about/ab_about.shtml

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Position Highlights:
Under administrative direction of the Senior & Associate Director, Comparative Research Center (CRC), the Supervisor of Animal Husbandry directly coordinates the daily animal husbandry and facility maintenance related functions of the Rush University Medical Center CRC and its associated satellite animal use facilities.

Position Responsibilities:
· Animal husbandry and facility maintenance
· Facility recordkeeping and documentation
· Daily monitoring of the facility equipment and supplies.
· Education and training of ACTs
· Participation in facility inspections & site visits

Staff Management Functions:
· Coordinates the daily work schedules and responsibilities and directly supervises ACTs
· Assists in the hiring process of ACTs
· Seeks advancement in the field of laboratory animal science

Position Qualifications Include:
· Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences preferred.
· AALAS certification at the LAT or LATG level
· Five years of experience in an AAALAC-I accredited laboratory animal care program.

Company Highlights:
· As an academic medical center, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research.
· Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career.
· Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.
· RUMC offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits & the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development & recognizes your achievements.

Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes and encourages all applicants to apply regardless of age, race, sex, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or parental status, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy or other reason prohibited by law.

To apply, please visit www.jobsatrush.com and search for job 2015-0659


As part of Pre-Clinical Safety, the Department of Comparative Medicine provides dosing and fluid collection, health surveillance, preventative disease programs and daily husbandry and care for all laboratory animals in AbbVie's Lake County facilities. In doing so, the organization helps to assure that all animal model-based research and development conducted at AbbVie is performed in a humane, regulatory-proper, scientifically-sound and socially-acceptable manner by properly trained scientists. The department has primary responsibility for assuring that the Animal Care Program meets the standards for continued accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and meets the regulations required for compliance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

This position will work under close supervision as a technical team member to provide support to Pre-Clinical Safety. Responsibilities include providing routine husbandry activities, including cage changes, handling of laboratory animals, euthanasia, and basic observations to ensure sound health and welfare, in support of the AbbVie animal research program.

The work hours are consistent from 6:00am - 2:10pm; however, the work schedule for this position is unique. Week one and two are a standard Monday-Friday and week three shifts to three randomly assigned weekdays, and includes Saturday and Sunday. This schedule alternates within the three week schedule throughout the entire year.

This position includes competitive compensation and full benefits, as described on the Careers portion the AbbVie website.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Minimum of a High School diploma required, Associates degree preferred.
Ability to work a fixed flexible schedule mandatory.
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Animal experience preferred.
AALAS certification preferred.

Please apply online at abbvie.com


The R & D Toxicology Technician works with investigators, scientific staff, veterinarians, and pathologists in conducting exploratory nonclinical laboratory experiments as directed by the study design. The R&D Toxicology Technician is expected to execute their duties in accordance with Good Scientific Practices, DEA policies, protocols, IACUC guidelines and/or other directives issued by the Investigator or Management, and is expected to perform his/her function with the highest regard for quality, timeliness, and compassion for laboratory animals.

Key responsibilities include:
Conduct in-life and terminal phases of all nonclinical laboratory studies, recording and maintaining data, and preparing test compound formulations. Special technique training may be implemented based on business needs.
May also be assigned various group administration responsibilities, laboratory coordination and training functions.
Expected to work both independently and in a team with peers to achieve the assigned goals.

Minimum of a high school degree and 3 years’ experience in a related field, or a BA/BS.
Must have sufficient technical background/training to execute nonclinical laboratory studies as per standard operating procedures and protocol.
Must be proficient in the handling of nonclinical test systems, use of laboratory equipment, possess good oral and written communication skills, and be precise in the collection and maintenance of data for nonclinical laboratory studies.

Key Leadership Competencies:
Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance.
Learns fast, grasps the "essence" and can change course quickly where indicated.
Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.
Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.
Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality.

Significant Work Activities and Conditions Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Routine work with chemicals

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Please apply online at abbvie.com