Altasciences is a mid-size contract research organization with a unique focus on supporting drug development from lead candidate selection to proof of concept. With over 25 years of industry experience, we provide preclinical and clinical solutions to an international customer base of biopharmaceutical companies. Our full-service offering in this critical stage of drug development includes program management, preclinical safety testing, clinical pharmacology services, medical writing, biostatistics, data management, and bioanalysis services tailored to specific research requirements. Altasciences has facilities in Montreal, QC; Fargo, ND; Kansas City, KS and Seattle, WA.
Our team is made up of over 1,300 professionals from the medical and scientific fields who work together to achieve a common goal: to contribute to the advancement of life sciences. Bring your talents and forward-thinking approach to Altasciences and help us develop medicines for those who need them, faster.
Are you compassionate? Do you love animals? Altasciences is seeking a Preclinical Research AssociateSpecialist with the passion for preclinical research. In this position your main focus will be working directly with the research animals and performing the technical procedures per the study protocols. At Altasciences Preclinical Services, we work with many different animal models: non-human primates, rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, swine and canine. In this position you are given many growth opportunities by learning and perfecting multiple technical procedures, working with different animal models, operating laboratory equipment, collecting specimens and data in compliance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) standards.
Support the Study Supervisor(s) and Study Director(s) by performing and assisting with sample and data collection on research studies
Knowledge of GLPs
Follow and perform standard operating procedures (SOP) & Protocols on study and stock animals, including, but not limited to: clinical observations, food consumptions, body weights, urine collection, administering anesthesia, mating procedures, blood draws (all routes), dose administration (all routes), euthanasia, catheter placement, restraint, enrichment, feeding, food removal, on laboratory animals
Responsible for recording, entering and reviewing raw data
Prepares for procedures by setting up and maintaining ancillaries on study animals
Operating selected laboratory equipment to include: Glucometer, Harvard pump, Digital Thermometer
Monitors and reports changes in animal behavior or health, and problems with animal rooms (e.g., caging, lights, and temperature) to all appropriate personnel
Ability to train other Research Associates
Understands preclinical needs and regulations (AWA, GLP, AALAC)
All work must be performed at the highest quality and with the highest regard for animal welfare
BS/BA in a scientific discipline preferred. Must have high School Diploma and/or GED required.
3 to 5 years experience working with animals, in research, or in a regulated environment.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to problem solve and know when to ask questions
Ability to work collaboratively with all levels of employees
Ability to multi-task and maintain organization in a fast paced, changing environment
Positive attitude toward work and strong team player
Be a part of a team that likes to work hard and have fun