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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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UPCOMING GENERAL MEETING

Thursday, June 4th
AbbVie, Abbott Park IL
Zebrafish in Pharmaceutical Safety
Dinner - 6:00pm
Presentation - 6:30pm
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AVAILABLE JOBS - listed below

Rodent Colony Technician - Northwestern University (posted 6/1/15)
Animal Care Technician - Rush University (posted 5/5/15)
Animal Husbandry Supervisor - Rush University (posted 5/5/15)
R&D Technician - AbbVie (posted 4/29/15)

JOB OPENING - RODENT COLONY TECHNICIAN

The Center for Comparative Medicine at Northwestern University has an immediate opening for a rodent breeding colony technician. A job description can be found below. To apply for this position go to: https://nuhr.northwestern.edu/hr91prod_er/eRecruit_login.html and search for CCM or using the Advanced Search, search for Job Opening ID: 25597.

Job Summary:
The Breeding Colony Technician Performs daily activities required to maintain genetically engineered mouse colonies in a centralized breeding core for the Center for Comparative Medicine. Duties include establishing breeding units, weaning, sample collection and maintenance of breeding records.

Specific Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Breeding Colony Supervisor, performs daily mouse colony maintenance and husbandry according to CCM SOPs.
Establish breeding cages as directed by investigators or Colony Supervisor.
Assess cages daily for the birth of new litters, mortalities, and required weaning.
Perform animal identification as specified by investigators or Colony Supervisor.
Collect tissue samples for genotyping (tail biopsies, ear punch biopsies, or other as required).
Wean pups as specified by investigators or Colony Supervisor.
Perform euthanasia of animals as requested by investigators or Colony Supervisor.
Report animal health issues to veterinary staff.
Maintain accurate colony records through the use of appropriate documentation on cage cards and by ensuring accuracy of the rodent inventory database management software (Mosaic Vivarium)
Maintain records of all breeding and holding cages.
Record all births and deaths.
Submit tissue samples (tail biopsies, ear punch biopsies, or other as required) for genotyping to investigators or Transnetyx as specified by the investigator or Colony Supervisor
Transfer and receive animals to/from investigators

Minimum Qualifications:
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required along with a minimum of 5 years of experience as an animal care or research technician working with rodents in a laboratory animal facility or a high school diploma, AALAS certification at the LAT level and 2 years of experience as an animal care or research technician.
Prior experience performing rodent ear tagging, ear notching and tail biopsies.
Must be able to type and have working knowledge of spreadsheet, word processing, database and e-mail software.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working with large mouse colonies (>100 cages).
Basic knowledge of genetics and experience with mutant mouse colonies.
Experience with mouse colony database software.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

JOB OPENING - ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIAN I

Position Highlights:
Under administrative direction of the Animal Husbandry Supervisor and Associate Director of the Comparative Research Center (CRC), directly performs the daily animal husbandry and facility maintenance related functions of the Rush University Medical Center CRC.

Position Responsibilities:
· Ensure proper primary housing for many species
· Provide assistance to technicians, investigators and supervisors as required.
· Responsible for housing animals according to standard operating procedures
· Move, storing and rotate supplies as required.
· Maintain assigned rooms in sanitary conditions
· Perform daily and periodic sanitization schedules
· Operate and maintain all equipment

Position Qualifications Include:
· High School Diploma or GED required. Some college level education a plus.
· AALAS certification at the ALAT or ALAT certification eligible is preferred.
· Ability to lift move and/or place objects of a minimum of 50 lbs. in a repeated fashion.

Please Note: This position requires work schedule on weekends, holidays and overtime when indicated by the CRC management. This position also requires the incumbent to wear a departmental pager while on duty.

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 2015-0661

JOB OPENING - ANIMAL HUSBANDRY SUPERVISOR

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

JOB OPENING - R&D TECHNICIAN

Description:
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

Qualifications:
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.

For more information: R&D Technician V