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Animal Care Technician II/III

Gordian Biotechnology

Gordian Biotechnology

South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2024
Are you ready to boost scientific operations at a high-performance vivarium, and to support brilliant scientists working on curing aging?
The Destination:
At Gordian Biotechnology, we are on a mission to cure age-related disease, allowing people to lead longer, healthier lives and wake up every morning, more capable than the day before.
Age-related diseases have complex causes and traditional screening methods have failed to produce effective targets or treatments. To address this problem, Gordian’s platform enables us to screen and test hundreds of therapeutics in individual animals. These Patient Avatars are animals whose age, physiology and genomics most closely resembles human patients. Using our platform and other tools, we can test more targets than have ever been explored by biopharma, at the very beginning of the drug discovery process (more info on our website). This lets us develop and commercialize therapies with greater chance of impacting the world’s deadliest diseases, and eventually for the processes of aging itself.
The Journey:
Our mission is audacious, and the path will be full of both challenges and excitement. Two things characterize the Gordian experience: 1) We work as a team, with ownership in our own roles and trust in each other. 2) We strive for extraordinary outcomes, and in doing so grow our skills and capability.
Team – Relying on each other begins with transparency. We set clear goals, visibly connecting individuals and teams to our company objectives. This empowers each of us to make autonomous decisions about our work, knowing how they will affect the bigger picture. Our communication happens out in the open. We give and receive feedback from a perspective of helping each other grow, share mistakes, and ask for help.
Extraordinary – Every day, we ask ourselves ‘could this process/outcome be even better?’. Knowing our overall mission, we do what we think helps us make the most progress, without asking for permission. We don’t shy away from big challenges or unknown territory, but find a way to excel. Our colleagues are amazing, both at what they do and as people. They inspire us to keep up, to not let them down, and be inspiring in return.
If this environment sounds appealing, help us bring it to life. We are at the beginning of a long journey, and want both your ability and your personality along for the ride. Our culture is a source of great pride; it represents both who we are, and who we wish to be. You can dive deeper here.
The Role:
Your mission as Animal Care Technician is to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare are met within the vivarium. As an integral member of our team, you will work directly with experienced scientists and contribute to cutting edge research. Your work will be essential to our efforts finding groundbreaking cures for aging.
The specific tasks this role will be responsible for include (but are not limited to):
-Animal handling, restraining, dosing by various routes (IV, IP, SC, PO), and tissue/blood sample collection.
-Provide food, water and clean housing to mice and rats in accordance with internal Institutional Animal Care and Use
-Committee (IACUC) protocols.
-Preform daily animal husbandry health checks and work with the veterinary team to provide exceptional animal care.
-Communicate animal health information to appropriate personnel and maintain legible records in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
-Collect basic measurements (e.g. animal weight) on mice and rats and write up related records to support the research effort.
-Maintain vivarium cleanliness and coordinate waste removal.
-Receive, unpack, and house animals.
-Maintain and organize supply areas.
To successfully execute this role, some hours outside of standard working hours (9a to 5p, Mon - Fri) are required, including weekends and some holidays. To support a favorable schedule to fit your life, this role is eligible for flexible work hours (e.g., evening work, shifted schedule, etc.).
Note that this is a full time, salaried role with benefits, including weekly lunches, a transportation benefit for public transport, 401K contributions and health benefits.
Depending upon your experience, the title for this position will be either Animal Care Technician II or Animal Care Technician III
And you:
You have a desire to work with animals on a daily basis, and you take pride in providing our animals with the best care. You have previous experience working with or caring for animals in a vivarium setting.
You have experience in animal handling, restraining and dosing by various routes.
You show a great attention to detail and can stay organized in your daily tasks. You are a strong partner to others and can communicate effectively with our Scientists and Research Associates.
You want a chance to do your best work, immerse yourself and excel, alongside people who will inspire you and whom you’ll be excited to spend your days with.
You enjoy work that is stable, well defined and consistent, and are able to work independently in your role.
You have a High School Diploma or equivalent.
The Details:
Gordian aims to provide everything you need to thrive. Beyond our community and science, you’ll have enough equity to be a true stakeholder in the company, competitive salary, full health/dental/vision/life insurance, 401K with company match, a lunch stipend, whatever vacation you need to be at your peak, remote work flexibility, and access to world-class mentors and advisors to support your professional growth. Our labs are in South San Francisco, the birthplace of biotechnology.