Auto Cage Wash Attendant
Req ID #: 60993
Horsham, PA, US, 19044-1241
For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we'll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.
Cares for the animals used in research and development studies. Performs duties related to the maintenance of experimental animals such as feeding and caring for animals, cleaning cages, holding animals for treatment by laboratory technician or maintaining inventory and animal identification records. Performs cleaning/sanitation of animal facility and equipment. Responsible for bio-safety and bio-security of the animals. May partner with pre-clinical investigators to assist and support veterinarians with surgery, dosing, post-op care and monitoring of animal studies.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Based on laboratory schedule prioritize, and sanitize animal cages, racks, feeders, bottles and sippers, according to S.O.P.'s, using the automated cage wash machines.
Perform daily routine maintenance checks on the automated cage wash machines.
Record all required tasks on relevant logbook records accurately and completely.
Based on laboratory study schedule prioritize and prepare preparation of appropriate housing for receipt of new animals.
Report the need for equipment repair (cages, racks, cage wash machines, etc.) to the appropriate personnel.
Lubricate rack wheels after being washed.
Ensure preparation of feed jars for washing, including discarding of old feed.
Clean cage wash area. Maintain a clean cage wash area.
Ensure that storage areas are maintained in an organized fashion.
Receive, store, and distribute animal husbandry supplies. Report low inventory to supervisor.
Securing cage wash area and compressor room at the end of the day.
Sanitize floors, walls, and other surfaces in the automatic cage wash area.
Assist with Animal Care technical duties such as changing liners and sanitizing animal room walls and floors.
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
High School diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.).
Certification/Licensure: LAT preferred
Strong organizational skills necessary.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and lift .
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Must be able to regularly lift and manipulate up to 50 pounds on a repetitive basis each day.
Must be able to regularly manipulate objects on shelves from one and one-half to six and one-half feet above the floor on a repetitive basis each day.
Must be able to regularly use a broom and mop to sanitize floors on a repetitive basis each day.
Must be able to regularly push wheeled carts weighing up to 1200 pounds on a continuous basis each day.
Duties require regularly standing for an average of eight hours a day.
Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
Must be able to occasionally work in spaces as narrow as 2 feet.
Must be able to regularly communicate with other personnel regarding all aspects of a study.
Must wear safety equipment to OSHA regulations.
The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high. Noise protection devices are provided for use in the cage wash area.
Conditions are wet, hot and humid.
Must be able to wear a respirator where required by OSHA regulations.
Works near or with caustic chemicals.
Regularly exposed to rodent dander.
Work schedule will include rotating weekends and holidays.
About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market. Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.
About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients' clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.
With over 14,000 employees within 80 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client's unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.
At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people's lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2018.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet
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