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Contact: marie-catherine.vozenin@chuv.ch

Job Summary

Responsible for day-to-day operations of a multiuser, Zebrafish facility, as well as long-term maintenance and management in cooperation with the principal users (50%)

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Responsible of research experiments on zebrafish embryo for the radio-oncology laboratory (50%).

Context:

The zebrafish facility consists of around 200 tanks and a doubling of the capacity for the zebrafish facility is planned within the next 18 months. The primary tasks in the position are animal care and husbandry, equipment and water testing and technical support. Monitoring the health of the animals and record-keeping are important duties of this position. Animals are checked daily for findings of behavior, illness or injury and the information is recorded and reported as necessary. The ability to perform accurate identification and census counts of animals is another important aspect of this position. In addition to zebra fish experience, the incumbent should have laboratory animal experience and all the required regulatory certificates. Some holiday and weekend coverage will be required.

Animal care and husbandry:

  • Feeding (regime according to size and age)
  • Animal health monitoring
  • Breeding and stock maintenance
  • Track and compile nursery viability rates
  • Document and Log new stocks from the nursery

 

Equipment and water testing:

  • Daily and weekly checks of water parameters
  • Maintenance tasks of the water treatment system
  • Cleaning and washing tanks and other equipment
  • Collaborating and coordinating water treatment system preventative maintenance with building & engineering.
  • Prepares laboratory reagents, chemicals, instruments, and equipment
  • Perform routine and non-routine facility maintenance

Responsibilities in support and communication:

  • Coordination of regulatory and compliance activities
  • Assist Facility users with routine Facility operations and occasional experiments
  • Assisting the researchers on request with different tasks (setting up breeding, isolating and incubating embryos, fin clipping etc.)
  • Creation and maintenance of SOPs, manuals, and novel techniques.
  • Direct work of students and temporary staff
  • Emergency availability: Occasional after-hours emergency availability to respond to health and environmental situations as they arise
  • Record data, summarizes, and analyzes results using basic statistics
  • Oversite to facility access, training of facility users
  • Timely communication (facility orientations/training, meetings, e-mails) with researchers about their animals and experiments
  • Maintains supplies inventory in accordance with facility procedures. Ordering of supplies and other administrative tasks

 

Contribution to Research experiments:

  • Production of embryo (wt and Tg)
  • Genotyping
  • Irradiation
  • Microscopy
  • Culture of zebrafish cells
  • Development of tumor models in zebrafish

 

Required Qualifications

  • CFC animal care or bachelor degree or equivalent level of related research animal experience
  • Able to function independently and show initiative in keeping up-to-date on the latest developments in Zebrafish husbandry.
  • Strong skills in data management and organization
  • Two years of experience in providing direct care to aquatic species in a laboratory or equivalent environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in direct management of an aquatics facility in a laboratory setting
  • Specialized training in aquaculture
  • Able to work well with multiple Facility users with varying levels of expertise, including students, fellows, faculty, and staff.
  • Experience with software used for data management, such as Microsoft Excel or other database software
  • Minimum two years of experience as an animal technician; to include experience in a zebrafish core facility, and supporting a variety of research interests: feeding hatchlings, juvenile and adult fish, setting-up matings, collecting eggs, baby nursery and cleaning of aquaria as well as other equipment used for the housing of laboratory animals
  • Expertise with genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9, and in single cell microinjections to create transgenic zebrafish lines is preferred
  • Certification by the Lemanic Animal Facility Network level I and II (RESAL). Working knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the RESAL Policy.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 40hrs/ some weekends/holidays



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