Assistant Research Professor

Job Title: Assistant Research Professor

Position Summary:

City of Hope (COH) invites applications for a Clinical Veterinarian at the Assistant Research Professor level in the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) within the Beckman Research Institute (BRI). Under the direction of the DCM Director and Associate Director, this position will assist in maintaining the DCM Animal Care Program (ACP); provide veterinary medical services, clinical supervision, and consultation and training to research investigators, technicians, husbandry staff, and students.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide veterinary medical services for all species used in biomedical research and teaching programs within the COH/BRI institutional animal care and use program, including but not limited to conventional and genetically altered mice, rats, chickens, and rabbits.This includes coordinating and assisting in emergency veterinary care including on call rotations during holidays, evenings, and weekends.
  • Supervise DCM Animal Health Technicians/veterinary technicians including developing work schedules and assignments, training new veterinary technicians, and conducting performance evaluations.
  • Assist the DCM Associate Director with oversight of the DCM Veterinary Services Program (VSP), which provides comprehensive services and expertise in the use of appropriate biomethodology, animal research procedures/techniques, veterinary anesthesia, analgesia, surgery, experimental design, and animal models.
  • Collaborates with the Associate Director to provide oversight and management of all animal transfers to and from the institution.
  • Work closely with the Associate Director in the development and implementation of training programs for DCM/ACP staff in accordance with NIH, USDA and AAALAC requirements.
  • Train laboratory animal medicine residents/fellows in laboratory animal science and research.
  • Participate in IACUC activities including: IACUC mandated training classes, writing/revising IACUC guidelines, semiannual animal facility inspections; veterinary pre-review of animal protocol applications; and draft wording for written notification to principle investigators of decisions of the IACUC.
  • Participate in preparation of program description in anticipation of application of accreditation by AAALAC.
  • Participate in providing regulatory oversight and guidance to insure institutional compliance with local, state and federal regulatory agencies including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Public Health Service/National Institutes of Health/ Office of Protection from Research Risks (PHS/NIH/OPRR), Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), California State Department of Health Services, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Participate/lead organized professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to keep abreast of new regulatory requirements, new techniques and technologies that may assist COH investigators, and new methods to improve the quality of the animal care and use program at COH. Represent COH through presentation at professional meetings and participation in activities of local and national organizations affiliated with improving the care and use of laboratory animals.
  • Participate in collaborative research with institutional faculty.

A commitment to academic productivity and scholarly achievement through significant contributions and participation in the educational, research, and service programs of the DCM is essential.

  • Position Qualifications:

Candidates must have a DVM/VMD degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited institution, current licensure in at least one state, eligibility for licensure in California, and be board certified or board eligible in laboratory animal medicine. Advanced training and evidence of productivity in collaborative research are highly desirable.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with staff and faculty. Ability to provide direction and guidance to technical personnel. Knowledge and expertise in diagnosis and treatment of diseases specific to laboratory animals and regulatory guidelines as they apply to use of animals in biomedical research strongly preferred.

Professional rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin as they are received and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a letter of intent with a statement of professional goals, curriculum vitae, and at least three letters of reference.

The DCM contributes to the missions of the COH/BRI by providing excellent high quality and humane animal care, providing comparative medicine and veterinary medicine expertise through teaching and consultation, and promoting animal welfare and improving the quality and integrity of animal-based biomedical and translational research.

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 4000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy. Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

City of Hope strongly supports and values the uniqueness of all individuals and promotes a work environment where diversity is embraced. Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.


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