• Breeding Colony Specialist

    Job Locations USA-NY-New York
    Posted Date 1 week ago(7/12/2018 2:08 PM)
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  • Company Overview

    At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.
    For the 28th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2018, as well as one of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Best Place to Work for 2018. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

    Job Description

    The Breeding Colony Specialist is a vivarium based position with key responsibilities for independently managing and maintaining productive and healthy rodent breeding colonies to support research at MSK and occasionally Weill Cornell Medicine.  This includes generating the appropriate numbers of mice of the correct genotype and age as requested by investigative staff, harvesting tissues for genotyping, interacting extensively with investigative staff, record keeping, billing, identifying animal health issues, and other associated tasks. 



    You will:

    • In compliance with department SOP’s, institutional, local, state, and federal regulations and AAALAC standards, establish and maintain rodent breeding colonies, including, but not limited to  setting up matings, performing plug/pregnancy checks, weaning litters, retiring breeding pairs/cohorts, identification of animals, harvesting tissues for genotyping, troubleshooting of breeding issues in consultation with RARC Veterinary staff, and performing other tasks as required for colony maintenance. 
    • Initiates transfer of animals to investigators using EnCCoMPass.
    • Perform husbandry and clinical services in collaboration with husbandry and veterinary staff, including,  but not limited to assembling and transporting cages for housing the animals, generating labels/tags for cage identification and breeding records, providing husbandry and clinical care to animals in specialized containment areas, performing injections (IP, IV, RO, SC) as requested by investigators, performing euthanasia of neonatal and adult mice using appropriate methods including cervical dislocation, and treating animals with clinical issues in consultation with veterinary staff.
    • Perform accurate data/record keeping of mouse colonies through use of Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro, or other appropriate methodologies.
    • Compile costs and recharges investigators for services and supplies provided or dispensed by the department.
    • Communicates with investigators, colony management staff, and RARC Veterinary and Husbandry and Operations staff verbally & electronically regarding breeding colony management and address issues and problems.
    • Performs other duties as assigned. Work schedule may include long working days, weekends and holidays.


    You need:

    • 1-2 years mouse husbandry experience
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinarian Technology, Animal Science, or Biology
    • AALAS certification at Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level or higher or Academy of Surgical Research (ASR) certification (any level) or Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) from a regionally and nationally accredited U.S. college or university or an international equivalent, preferred. 
    • Licensed Veterinary Technician with certification at the AALAS LATG level, preferred. 



    MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.  


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