Research Animal Technician

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Basic Job Info

Experience Required
0 to 2 year(s)
Degree Required
High School
Begin Date
End Date
Base Pay
Employment Type
Manages Others
Travel Required
Relocation Covered

Job Description

QPS, LLC is an innovative and dynamic Contract Research Organization (CRO) that strives to employ talented, caring, and committed employees who work together collaboratively towards achieving our mission of improving human health and the quality of life.  QPS, LLC has been assisting pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies with their drug development efforts by providing a full range of GLP-compliant bioanalysis, DMPK, and protein/genomic biomarker services.  QPS welcomes employees who want to be part of a growing organization.

Our Animal Resources Associates are the first eyes of the scientific staff in our research facility. They are primarily responsible for providing daily life support to research animals in the form of feeding, enrichment, and house-keeping. These staff members are a valuable source of daily human contact that research animals need in order to have happy, healthy lives, and are trained to recognize signs of injury or illness and report to the veterinary staff on such issues so that animals can be cared for quickly, and to prevent communicable diseases from spreading throughout the facility.


The schedule for this fulltime position is Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday, day shift, with flexibility to work expanded hours Friday/Monday/Tuesday, and shortened hours Saturday/Sunday.

Essential Functions

  • Perform all animal care and facility maintenance tasks, such as inventory, ordering, tracking, receipt and husbandry in accordance with QPS IACUC and AAALAC standards.

  • Perform proper animal husbandry (food, water, bedding changes) according to established schedules.

  • Responsible for animal receipt and acclimation, to include initial health evaluation, gender determination, and documentation of animal weights

  • Sweep, mop, or disinfect animal labs and study lab areas.

  • Cage wash upkeep to include cage and/or rodent rack disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly.

  • Proper maintenance of food and bedding areas.

  • Other custodial functions in the animal and laboratory areas as required.

  • Perform routine lab operations, such as preparing reagents, pipette, weigh, monitor, record, label collection tubes, order and maintain inventory of supplies.

  • Document animal care and maintenance, study results and observations in accordance with GLPs and SOPs.

  • Properly maintain, file and archive data related to documentation or study activities.

  • Participate in monitoring, addressing and correcting environmental & equipment alarms, during shift.

  • May operate, troubleshoot and repair equipment, and perform routine maintenance.

  • Responsible for compound receipt, record-keeping and storage.

  • Back-up sample management as needed, to include sample receipt and disposal.

  • Maintain SDS and SOP books as new/revised documents are received

  • Order and store site supplies, to include lab/kitchen/office supplies, etc.

  • Follow-up on safety inspections to ensure noted items are corrected/closed out.


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional laboratory environment. 

This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.   Computers run on a Windows based operating system and proficiency with MS Office products, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint, is required.

Additional systems/programs/software includes: Rees environmental monitoring system.

Physical Demands

Employees will be exposed to live animals, hazardous materials and/or chemicals, and extreme cold.  Employees should have no known allergies to rodents.  MANDATORY:  Must be able to pass a physical and achieve respirator clearance.  A tetanus shot is also required.

This role is primarily non-sedentary (employee required to stand/walk more than 50% of the day).  The strength demand for this role is:

H – Heavy       100 lbs. Maximum lifting, frequently lift/carry up to 50lbs

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus. 

Job Requirements


  • Analytical Thinking

  • Ability to learn

  • Concern for standards

  • Thoroughness

  • Self-control

  • Concern for impact

  • Critical information seeking



  • The ability to read and understand study protocols and SOPs.

  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment.

  • The ability to collect and organize data, and to recognize problems that could affect animal health and sample preservation.

  • Proven ability to recognize priorities and follow procedures

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Excellent communication skills



  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • Prior hands-on experience working with animals (rodents in particular) is strongly preferred.


QPS, LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  In accordance with federal, state, and local laws, we recruit, hire, promote and evaluate all personnel without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship status, physical disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Job applicants and present employees are evaluated solely on ability, experience, and the requirements of the job. In addition, QPS, LLC is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans. 

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