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              Animal Import/Export Coordinator

              Posting Details

              Posting Details

              Position Number: 122265
              Title: Research Assistant
              Functional Title: Animal Import/Export Coordinator
              Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
              Applicant Search Category: Staff
              University Authorized FTE: 1
              Unit: VPR-Laboratory Animal Resources
              Campus/College Information:

              Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

              Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

              This is an essential position in the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR). Working independently with minimal supervision, the Animal Import/Export Coordinator will manage the procurement, import and export of laboratory animals following applicable protocols and standard operating procedures, maintain a database for tracking animals, perform all activities related to the animal sentinel program, coordinate and provide animal care services and provide technical support for research animals, assist with training programs, provide veterinary supportive care as directed by a veterinarian, and conduct other tasks as assigned in support of laboratory animal research. Species supported include, but are not limited to, rodents, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, song birds, barn owls, ferrets, and swine. The incumbent will work in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, industry standards governing animal research (NIH/OLAW/AAALAC), University guidelines, departmental procedures, and all safety procedures according to University standards and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

              This essential position supports the animal care program and occasionally requires attendance on weekends, holidays and during emergency conditions, such as inclement weather and power failure. Additional weekday overtime work may occasionally be required.

              Minimum Qualifications:


              Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience which may include graduation from a two-year American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited veterinary technician program.

              Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-to-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.


              Three to five years’ of experience in a laboratory animal research setting.

              A minimum of Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification.


              Ability to: plan and execute logistics necessary for a successful import/export of animals, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, complete mathematics encountered in a laboratory animal research setting, prioritize tasks with minimal supervision, and demonstrate proficiency (didactic and practical) of core Department of Laboratory Animal Resources SOPs.

              Detail-oriented and organized

              Excellent interpersonal skills


              Bachelor’s degree in science-related field is preferred.

              AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level is preferred.

              Training experience is preferred.
              University experience is preferred.

              Greater than three years’ experience working in a laboratory animal setting with rodents and other species is preferred.

              Eligibility and willingness to complete additional certification through AALAS or veterinary technician credentialing in the future is desired.

              Additional Certifications:

              Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification must be obtained within 12 months of employment.

              Additional Information:

              Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. No visa sponsorship will be provided for this position.

              Job Risks Not Applicable to This Position
              Physical Demands

              Physical Demands/Other Information

              This position requires:

              Mandatory wear and work in personal protective clothing and equipment;

              The ability to lift/push/pull a minimum of 50 lbs.;

              The ability to maneuver large, cumbersome equipment;

              The ability to withstand sustained periods of physical activity (such as standing, bending, walking or stooping); and

              The ability to work safely with chemical disinfectants, handle some unpleasant elements and tolerate normal odors/airborne particulate matter routinely encountered in a laboratory animal facility.

              This position also requires:

              Initiative, dependability, accuracy, maturity, trustworthiness, and dedication to working with and around animals;

              The ability to follow instructions precisely and perform work according to prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs);

              Solid written and verbal communication skills, keen attention to detail and the ability to diligently record and maintain laboratory records;

              Problem-solving, time-management and organizational skills;

              Strong teamwork, interpersonal and observational skills;

              The essential ability to interface in a professional manner with coworkers, supervisors, DLAR customers, scientific researcher staff, and vendor personnel.

              This individual may be exposed to potential hazards related to animals and the animal care environment including, but not limited to:

              Allergens, dust, cleaning chemicals, noise, sharps, hot/humid environments, and ergonomic hazards;

              Zoonotic diseases, other animal diseases and/or animals with research-associated diseases;

              Bites, scratches.

              Posting Date: 12/02/2019
              Closing Date:
              Open Until Filled Yes
              Best Consideration Date 12/16/2019
              Diversity Statement:

              The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

              Applicant Documents

              Required Documents
              1. Resume
              2. Cover Letter
              Optional Documents

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