Priority One Services

Priority One Services


Job Description

NEI Research Specialist II/Research Support Technician
Priority One Services is seeking applicants to support a lab within the National Eye Institute. Candidate must demonstrate a working knowledge of veterinary technology, animal science, rodent breeding colony techniques, and transgenic animal production techniques. Knowledge or experience in DNA isolation and PCR analysis is a plus. The position requires a highly motivated individual who pays close attention to detail and has excellent communication and documentation skills. Formal education shall include a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or a combination of an Associate’s degree and practical lab experience. Certification as an AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) preferred. Other certification or degrees may be considered.  Must have at least 5 years of rodent experience in laboratory animal facilities. Must be able to work independently, communicate well, problem solve, and work closely with supervisor as part of a team. Must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s license. The position will involve evening and weekend work. We are ideally looking for someone able to work an alternative work schedule.
Experience must demonstrate:

  • Ability to be/become proficient in technical Skills (e.g. injections, euthanasia, tail biopsy, ear tagging, timed mating, biologic sample preparation, restraint).
  • Ability to monitor the health and well-being of animals.
  • Basic understanding and use of medical terminology.
  • A working knowledge of computers, common computer programs (e.g. excel, word, PowerPoint etc.). Must be able to use e-mail and demonstrate ability to communicate using written and spoken English.
  • Ability to collect data and accurately enter the information in records in compliance with appropriate protocols, supervisor’s instructions, SOP’s, and NIH guidelines.
  • Ability to work with rodents (mice, rats, sand rats).
  • Handling and restraint of animals for observation and/or minor procedures.
  • Ability to monitor and perform rodent breeding colony management techniques.
  • Ability to assist investigators or perform technical procedures in the laboratory as time permits.
  • Knowledge or experience in DNA isolation and PCR analyses is a plus.
  • Ability to work autonomously and independently while managing time efficiently
  • Must be a quick learner and maintain a high level of professionality and focus


  • Able to perform all duties of the Animal Caretaker III as requested by IC.
  • Delivering mice and tail biopsy samples to investigators on campus.
  • Oversight of the mouse database.
  • Setting up breeder cages and performing plug checks on rodents.
  • Communicate on regular basis with investigators
  • Meet with team leader on a daily basis.
  • Trouble shooting breeding and technological issues.
  • Animal movement coordinator
  • Colony maintenance manager

Note: Additional Duties are required and are not listed here and are beyond the scope of this announcement. These duties will be reviewed during the interview process.

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Bethesda, MD

Priority One Services
Priority One Services