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Animal Care and Research Support Expert

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
Oct 1, 2022

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Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist
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What You Will Achieve

The primary responsibility of the Animal Care and Research Support Expert is to apply lab animal technical skills in supporting WRD's research programs using animals while supporting husbandry procedures in the animal facility.The colleague 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 colleague works with the Comparative Medicine (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.

How You Will Achieve It

  • 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 WRD 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.


  • High School degree or GED required
  • Extensive technical and husbandry experience working with animals. In general, a colleague at this level will have minimum 5 years of experience.
  • Basic computer knowledge such as email, online forms, web-based training and other basic programs
  • LATG Certification

  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in related field
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical or research setting
  • Experience working with nonhuman primate

  • 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. A Functional Capacity Evaluation may be required
  • Ability to demonstrate level of technical skills and abilities
  • A pre-hire requirement is either providing proof of measles immunity or receiving the measles vaccination before hire.

  • Weekend and holiday work could be required for the job
  • 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.

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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