Technical Expert Lead

Groton, Connecticut
November 16 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
The Technical Expert Lead's primary responsibility is to apply lab animal technical skills in supporting WRDM's research programs using animals while supporting husbandry procedures in the animal facility. The Technical Expert Lead completes these tasks with comprehensive knowledge and detailed understanding of procedures and practices associated with animal care, in-vivo research, husbandry and facility support. The Technical Expert Lead works with the CM manager to schedule study support for the animal facility and trains and mentors less experienced colleagues in technical study support while demonstrating positive leadership qualities and work habits.

Daily interactions will primarily be with Facility Managers, CM Veterinary staff, Research Scientists, and other CM Technicians who conduct technical support and animal husbandry across the CM facilities. There may be interaction with Global Operations as well as external vendors. Minimal supervision required.

Primary Duties:
  • Perform routine animal husbandry and welfare duties as directed.
  • Support research by providing specialty technical services (dose administration, blood collection, blood and tissue collection, preparation, vascular access port maintenance, surgery, data collection, record keeping and additional services) in support of WRDM research programs.
  • Required to work with all species across the site with assignments based on the business needs.
  • Assist the facility manager and other Technical Leads in identifying the need for updating or initiating procedures.
  • Train and instruct CM personnel in proper techniques, SOP's, regulatory guidelines and general duties associated with animal care and welfare.
  • Set a workplace standard through leading by example, showing mastery of all SOP's, regulatory guidelines and Pfizer policies. Exemplify work-place standards, positive habits and behaviors to co-workers.
  • Maintain complete records and assure the standards for documentation and record keeping.
  • Observe and report status of animal health, food and water consumption, appearance and behavior to veterinary staff. Provide technical support as requested by veterinary staff.
  • Support equipment operation and maintenance for both CM and research procedures.
  • Assists the Facility Manager with recommendations for facility maintenance needs, updates and general repairs.
  • Adhere to Pfizer and departmental safety policies and departmental SOPs and guidelines.
  • Comprehensive computer knowledge such as email, online forms, web-based training and other basic programs. Collect and input data in support of research projects.
  • May be required to work under one of the following: the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act and associated Regulations and Standards, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Good Laboratory Practices, Public Health Service Policy and/or AAALAC accreditation standards.


Educational Background:
  • High school degree or GED required; Associates or BS/BA in related field preferred.
  • LATG required

Work Experience:
  • Experience working with nonhuman primate is preferred
  • Extensive technical and husbandry experience working with animals required; experience working in a pharmaceutical or research setting strongly preferred. In general, a colleague at this level will have minimum 5 years of experience.
  • Ability to demonstrate level of technical skills and abilities.
  • All colleagues should have functional knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, calendar management and Internet Explorer. Colleagues should be able to use online systems such as time tracking and document management. (e.g. SharePoint, Activity Tracker) Knowledge and use of other systems based upon job function may be required.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work standing up lifting items above shoulder level for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to perform repetitive physical activities such as: pushing and pulling racks of caging, lifting bags of feed and bedding, reaching, stooping and bending.
  • Routine weekend assignments maybe required as part of the normal work week. In addition, holiday assignments are required for the job.

For this position you are expected to enter the nonhuman primate areas as part of your job responsibilities. A pre-hire requirement is either providing proof of measles immunity or receiving the measles vaccination before hire.

This is an essential personnel role: Essential Personnel are defined as the staff that are required to report to their designated work location, to ensure the operation of essential functions or departments during an emergency, as determined by Pfizer, or when the business has suspended operations. There are some individuals who may be required to perform essential services remotely and those individuals will be identified in advance and notified by their supervisors, but in most cases Essential Personnel are required to be on-site during an emergency or suspension of operations.

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus


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