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Research Associate I - Small Animal Unit

Everett, WA, USA Req #4340
Friday, June 14, 2024

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At Altasciences we all move in unison to assist and work in the discovery, development, and manufacturing of new drug therapies to get them faster to people who need them.  No matter your role, we all play an important part and you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. By living our values of Employee Development, Customer Focus, Quality and Excellence, Respect and Integrity, we look to foster a passionate and collaborative work environment and we are looking for talented and enthusiastic people, like you, to join our growing team! Whether you’re a recent college graduate or seeking your next career opportunity, it’s time to discover your future at Altasciences. We are better together and together We Are Altasciences.

Do you love working with animals? Do you want to contribute to advancing human health science research? Do you like to work in small teams? Altasciences is seeking Research Associates at all levels of experience that have a passion for scientific research. In this position your focus will be working directly with animals in the collection of data and in support of the development of human medicine. You will 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 animal models: mice, rats, non-human primates, swine and canine and you will have the opportunity to become a proficient, highly skilled expert in this field. Multiple shifts available.

What You’ll Do Here

  • Follows SOPs and Protocols to perform procedures on study and stock animals, including, but not limited to: clinical observations, food consumptions, body weights, urine collection, administering injectable anesthesia, mating procedures, blood draws (all routes), euthanasia/necropsy, catheter placement, restraint, enrichment, and feeding and food removal.
  • Creates study specific forms/labels, as assigned.
  • Follows written and verbal instruction: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Protocols, Daily Schedules.
  • Records, enters and reviews raw data, study and facility.
  • Sets up for procedures and maintains ancillaries on study animals, including surgical procedure support (e.g., sterile preparation, anesthesia machine set up & monitoring, and post-surgery recovery).
  • Operates selected laboratory equipment (e.g., glucometer, Harvard pump, digital thermometer, centrifuge, incubator).
  • Monitors and reports changes in animal behavior or health, and problems with animal rooms (e.g., caging, lights, and temperature) to all appropriate personnel.
  • Maintains general cleanliness and organization of work areas.
  • Monitors and reports study changes to Study Director and all appropriate personnel
  • May review and provide input on the creation and revision of SOPs relating to animals, technical procedures and facility issues.
  • Perform and/or assist with veterinary treatments of research and colony animals as assigned.
  • Perform abnormal behavior assessment of colony animals and assist in the animal socialization program, as assigned.
  • May perform husbandry duties.
  • May cross train in other departments.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • High School Diploma and/or GED required; BS/BA in a scientific discipline preferred.
  • 0-2 years experience working with animals, in research, or in a regulated environment.
  • ALAT certification preferred.
  • The ability to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Info Path, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Able to adapt easily to new software programs.
  • The ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, software manuals, study documents, and procedure manuals; and the ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • The math skills required include but are not limited to: the ability to understand and utilize appropriate mathematical concepts for calculating and interpreting scientific data.
  • Ability to work cross functionally on process improvements. Demonstrated attention to detail. Ability to multi-task and maintain organization in a fast paced, changing environment. Ability to manage change. Readily adapts to new projects. Positive attitude toward work and co-workers. Be comfortable communicating with all levels of management and employees. Able to identify and resolve problems as they are encountered.

What We Offer

The pay range estimated for this position is $22.25 - $28.98 hourly. Please note that hourly rates/salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, prior relevant experience, skills, education, certification, location as well as internal equity and market data. 

Altasciences offers a wide variety of benefits to help our employees live healthy and fulfilling lives both at and outside of work.

Altasciences' Benefits Package Includes
  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance Plans
  • 401(k)/RRSP with Employer Match
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Paid Sick and Bereavement Leave
  • Employee Assistance & Telehealth Programs
  • Telework when applicable
Altasciences' Incentive Programs Include
  • Training & Development Programs
  • Employee Referral Bonus


Altasciences is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or any other protected grounds under applicable legislation.  Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities during the recruitment process are available upon request. Join us at Altasciences!

Other details

  • Job Family T-3
  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Everett, WA, USA