Animal Technician 2

Date: Dec 4, 2018

Location: West Point, PA, US

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Requisition ID: USW002044

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

At our organization, we are inspired by the belief that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to scientific excellence can create medicines and vaccines that save and improve lives. Every employee is building on our proud legacy of scientific breakthrough. Our ability to impact the lives of patients worldwide depends on the integrity, creativity, humility and scientific acumen of our team. We are creating a diverse organization that is inspired by invention and founded on a culture of respect and collaboration. At our research division, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills through collaboration with talented and dedicated colleagues while advancing your career.

The Animal Technician II, under the guidance of a Vivarium manager, works to support innovative translational models to impact drug safety assessment, development and discovery and improve human health. Under the direction of a manager or assigned technical staff within Laboratory Animal Resources, Safety Assessment, and Veterinary Products the Animal/Laboratory Technician performs animal care related functions. Other duties include routine maintenance, animal handling and restraint, and assumes full responsibility and accountability for performance and documentation of all assigned functions for all the various animal species housed in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act, AAALAC- International, our organization’s Worldwide policy on Animal care and Use, and all federal state, and local regulations, as well as Standard Operating Procedures and If applicable, Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Receives, records, inventories, checks, and ships/ delivers animals, supplies, caging, and animal products, equipment, and materials within and outside the assigned group/ area. 

  • Follows written assignments for husbandry in rodents, small and large animals, has proficiency in animal handling, experience in restraint for husbandry and clinical care. 
  • Husbandry activities will include but not be limited to 
    • Routine feeding, health assessment. 
    • Cage change and room disinfection. 
    • Accurate record keeping, captured manually and electronically. 
    • Receipt, housing and identification. 
  • Independently carries out duties related to husbandry, restraint for dose and sampling, laboratory housekeeping, organization of supplies, rack and tunnel washer operation. 
  • Assists with training of peers, ensures completion and quality of daily assignment, and provides feedback on vivarium operations.  
  • The ideal candidate will be comfortable working independently or in teams. 
  • Must have the ability to follow Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and or current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Some areas require adherence to strict biosecurity measures, frequent showering and full gowning. 
  • Performs duties related to the care, health, maintenance, security and safety of animals which may require full gowning and adherence to biosecurity practices. Ensures that physical facilities and equipment are operating correctly in order to maintain proper environmental conditions.
  • Maintains records applicable to animal husbandry procedures as assigned and assumes complete responsibility by certifying their completion through self-inspection.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

High School diploma or GED

English Language literacy

AALAS Level 1 Certification (ALAT)

Required Experience and Skills: 

18 months vivarium husbandry/ technical experience

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: Will work with ABSL2 materials and OEB1-5 compounds
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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