Associate Specialist, Animal Sciences & Technologies

We have an opening for one Animal Husbandry Technician to join our team!

Do you have expertise in and a passion for animal welfare? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the (impact of this role) in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big, and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you're our kind of person.

Welcome to Gaithersburg, one of over 400 sites here at AstraZeneca. Providing a collaborative environment where everyone feels comfortable and able to be themselves is at the core of AstraZeneca's priorities, it's important to us that you bring your full self to work every day. To help you maintain your best self, here's a sneak peek into some of the things this site provides for you...

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, a full-service cafeteria, and a copy center. This is where you'll find newly-designed, activity-based workspaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.

The Animal Sciences and Technologies department supports animal care and welfare for all animals being used in research at the Gaithersburg site. We play a vital role in developing transformative medicines by conducting animal studies that support all stages of drug discovery and development across all therapy areas and ensure the delivery of safe and effective treatments to patients.

You'll work independently and as a part of a great team while safely conducting hands-on husbandry duties with multiple laboratory animal species.
• Operate cage wash equipment to include a robotic arm, rack washers, bedding dispenser, and autoclave
• Maintain the animal facility in a clean and orderly condition.
• Receive, quarantine, and remove animals as required.
• Change different types of IVC caging using an aseptic technique.
• Perform daily health checks. Evaluate the health status of animals. Communicate concerns with team members.
• Use digital resources (MS Office, Outlook, Teams) for log keeping and communication.

Essential skills for the role
• HSD or equivalent and 2 years of relevant experience in laboratory animal research setting
• Ability to meet physical requirements of the job to include lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, grasping, reaching, crouching, exposure to heart, and prolonged periods of time working on your feet.
• Knowledge and use of protective equipment and safety procedures related to the possible exposure to dusts, viruses, tissues, chemicals, fumes, vapors, and mists that could potentially affect the health of the employee
• Willing to perform husbandry tasks for animals exposed to BSL2 agents.
• Basic computer skills - Microsoft Office, Outlook
• Good communication skills, competent in written and spoken English

Desirable for the role
• Certification from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the ALAT level
• Knowledge and use of protective equipment and safety procedures related to the possible exposure to dusts, viruses, tissues, chemicals, fumes, vapors, and mists that could potentially affect the health of the employee
• Knowledge of normal animal behavior for mouse, rat, and hamster species
• Knowledge of hazardous and infectious material handling

Why AstraZeneca?
At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we're opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting-edge methods, and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what's next?
• Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it's yours.

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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