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Research Technician, Small Animal Unit

Everett, WA, USA Req #1076
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Altasciences is a mid-size contract research organization with a unique focus on supporting drug development from lead candidate selection to proof of concept. With over 25 years of industry experience, we provide preclinical and clinical solutions to an international customer base of biopharmaceutical companies. Our full-service offering in this critical stage of drug development includes program management, preclinical safety testing, clinical pharmacology services, manufacturing and analytical services, medical writing, biostatistics, data management, and bioanalysis services tailored to specific research requirements. Altasciences has facilities in Montreal, QC; Kansas City, KS,Seattle, WA and Philadelphia, PA.
Our team is made up of over 1,300 professionals from the medical and scientific fields who work together to achieve a common goal: to contribute to the advancement of life sciences. Bring your talents and forward-thinking approach to Altasciences and help us develop medicines for those who need them, faster.

Would you like to learn how to work with small animals while contributing to the advancement in human health science research?  Do you like to work in small teams? Do you love working with rodents? Altasciences is seeking to train entry level Research Animal Technicians to work directly with small animals in the collection of data and in support of the development of human medicine.  You will learn to perform technical procedures to support advancements in pharmaceutical development. In this position you will learn and perfect complex procedures including learning the skills to operate laboratory equipment, specimens collection techniques and data acquisition.   At Altasciences Preclinical Services, we work with many different small animal models: rats, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits and you will have the opportunity to become a proficient, highly skilled expert in this field 


  • Conducting sample and data collection on research studies
  • Perform standard operating procedures and execute Protocol driven activities on laboratory animals. For example; clinical observations, food consumptions, body weights, urine collection, administering anesthesia, mating procedures, blood draws, dose administration catheter placement, enrichment, feeding
  • Responsible for recording, entering and reviewing raw data
  • Prepares for procedures by setting up and maintaining ancillaries on study animals
  • Operating specialized laboratory equipment such as; Glucometer, Harvard pump, Digital Thermometer, infusion pumps, telemetry devices etc
  • Monitor and report changes and concerns in animal behavior or health, and problems with animal rooms (e.g., caging, lights, and temperature) to all appropriate personnel
  • Monitor and report all study changes to the Study Supervisor and Study Director
  • All work must be performed at the highest quality and with the highest regard for animal welfare


  • BS/BA in a scientific discipline preferred. Must have high School Diploma and/or GED    required
  • Preferred experience working with small animals, in research, or in a regulated environment but not necessary
  • ALAT or LAT Certification preferred
  • Ability to perform high quality work with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve and know when to ask questions
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all levels of employees
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain organization in a fast paced, changing environment
  • Positive attitude toward work and strong team player
  • Be a part of a team that likes to work hard and have fun
  • Ability to lift up to 30-50 pounds required  
  • Must be able to work onsite at our Everett, Washington facility
Altasciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, and protected veteran status, or disability status.

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Other details

  • Job Family Valide Positions
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education High School
  • Job Start Date Monday, September 28, 2020
  • Everett, WA, USA