Job: Operations Manager, Powered Research, RTP, NC
The Operations Manager will manage a brand new 34,000 square foot facility consisting of a 50-room vivarium, a full biological wet laboratory, and office space. This position oversees the maintenance, repair, and functionality of the entire operation.
The Operations Manager (Facilities, Equipment, Safety, and Mechanical Systems) will oversee the Facilities Manager (Animal Care and Husbandry) and report directly to the Director of Research. This team will care for more than 20,000 vertebrate animals at any given time while helping the company advance to AALAC certification.
• overall facility monitoring and infrastructure maintenance (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, security)
• ordering & maintaining all equipment and general laboratory supplies
• safety officer role ensuring a safe workplace including safety training (BSL-2, chemical hygiene, fire safety, etc.)
• disaster/emergency/contingency planning & operations
• response to all environmental and security alarms (24 x 7)
• management of hazardous waste disposal, and NC DEQ compliance
• communication with the Director of Research, Study Directors, Facility Manager, Scientists, Group Leader, and Technicians
• maintenance and equipment list and ensuring annual certifications / calibrations
• facilities maintenance to ensure efficient operation in compliance with federal and organizational regulations
• management of all aspects of transition to the new facility
• equipment to meet the needs of our research environment and specific animal needs
• preventative maintenance on all specialized equipment
• advanced licenses for radiological materials onsite
• new types of studies with new surgeons in new indications
• together with the Facility Manager oversight and implementation of animal care programs (e.g. AAALAC, USDA, OLAW) providing proper housing, sanitation, nourishment, and humane handling for a large and diverse population of laboratory animals
• the facility manager’s responsibilities (Animal Care & Husbandry) during periods of leave
• oversight of all shipping and receiving of test articles and experimental samples
• A bachelors degree in science, an engineering discipline, business administration or related field.
• Five years of hands-on operations experience within a research animal facility, three of which must be in a supervisory capacity.
• An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered.
• Experience with both large and small animals is required.
• Ideally, candidates for this position should be certified as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) or Lab Animal Technologist (LATG) with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) and will be expected to have completed (or will be required to complete) the two-week AALAS Institute for Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM).
• The candidate should have specific expertise with animal facilities, equipment and caging, watering systems, mechanical systems, and automation.