Technical Specialist

Groton, Connecticut
November 16 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
The Technical Specialist's primary responsibility is to provide basic husbandry, handling, restraint of and health surveillance of laboratory animals in compliance with local regulatory requirements. The Technical Specialist completes these tasks with comprehensive knowledge and detailed understanding of procedures and SOPs associated with animal care, husbandry and facility support. The Technical Specialist position is a mentor and trainer for less experienced staff in animal care, husbandry, and facility support. Other more specialized functions depending upon interest and aptitude may be assigned in the areas of technical and research services. All duties require minimal supervision.

Daily interactions will primarily be with Facility Managers, CM Veterinary staff, Research Scientists, and other CM Technicians who conduct animal husbandry and technical support across the CM facilities. Other interactions will include customers from Research and Development. 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, record keeping and additional services) to research investigators.
  • Required to work with all species across the site with assignments based on the business needs.
  • Supply appropriate food and water for animals housed in the vivarium.
  • Observe and report status of animal health, food and water consumption, appearance, behavior; provide support in animal health monitoring and basic veterinary medical treatment as prescribed by the veterinary staff.
  • Clean or provide animal housing and associated materials/equipment within assigned animal rooms
  • Observe and record vivarium environmental conditions.
  • Train and mentor new hires in animal husbandry and facility support duties fulfilling department training requirements.
  • Perform sanitation duties within assigned animal rooms and vivarium areas.
  • Maintain and perform housekeeping of facility support areas.
  • Support cage wash equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in and use of all facility support equipment (washers, autoclaves, AWS, jacks, hoods, etc.) for established safety and operations requirements.
  • Verify and document status of washroom and environmental monitoring equipment.
  • Adhere to Pfizer and departmental safety policies and departmental SOPs and guidelines while demonstrating competency in facility safety protocols.
  • Basic computer knowledge such as email, online forms, web-based training and other basic programs.

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.
  • AALAS certification at the LAT level required

Work Experience:
  • Extensive experience in a laboratory animal setting preferred. In general, a colleague at this level will have minimum 2 years of experience.
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical setting preferred.
  • 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 on line 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.
  • Weekend and holiday work 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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