Career | Senior Manager/Associate Director/Director - Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) | Empirico

Senior Manager/Associate Director/Director - Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR)


Madison, WI, US

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences R&D/Engineering
  • Industry: Therapeutics
  • Post Date: 07/09/2024
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  • Company Address: , San Diego, CA, 92122, US

About Empirico

Empirico is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel medicines which are designed to mimic naturally-occurring genetic variants that confer beneficial effects on health and disease.

Job Description

Position Description: Empirico, a biotechnology company that combines unmatched expertise in human genetics-driven target discovery with world-class capabilities in siRNA drug discovery, is looking for a talented Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) professional to lead our vivarium operations and team in support the Company’s discovery and development programs.


Your responsibilities will include supervising and contributing to daily vivarium activities and operations. You will be expected to –

  • Work with the LAR team to ensure that animals receive care in accordance with applicable regulations, policies, and experimental protocols
  • Uphold safety and quality standards and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Conduct regular audits and update SOPs to address findings
  • Oversee maintenance and certification of vivarium equipment
  • Contribute to writing lab SOPs, methods, and protocols
  • Support in vivo Research, such as PKPD and disease model studies, and maximize utilization of vivarium capacity
  • Perform injection techniques, dosing, tissue collection, blood collection, and other requested animal-related procedures
  • Collaborate on study planning and execution, such as experimental design and specialized assays, and engage in data analysis, quality testing, and report preparation
  • Support staff and their development by conducting routine performance reviews, providing guidance, fostering career growth, and delivering training

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • This position requires a Master’s degree in Animal Science or a related discipline with a combination with at least 4 years hands-on in vivo experience, or a Bachelor’s degree in combination with at least 6 years hands-on in vivo experience
  • 2+ years of experience in managing a vivarium is required
  • Experience in developing and implementing staff training programs
  • Experience in preparing a facility for AAALAC accreditation is preferred
  • AALAS certification at LATG level or higher is preferred
  • Applicants must have authorization to work in the U.S.

Skills Requirements:

  • Experience in rodent handling
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to apply relevant scientific concepts and terminology
  • Affinity for animals and respect for their welfare is essential
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to adapt to a dynamic team environment
  • Self-motivated with a commitment to quality and safety
  • Skilled in conflict resolution, performance management, and talent development
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, with general computer literacy

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Manual dexterity required for lab work
  • Willingness to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed

The estimated base salary range for this role is $75,000 to $130,000. Individual compensation decisions will be based on various factors, such as primary work location, complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. We offer a wide range of benefits including a retirement savings plan (with company match), paid vacation, holidays, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

About Empirico: Empirico is a biotechnology company that discovers and develops novel medicines designed to mimic naturally-occurring genetic variants that confer beneficial effects on health and disease. Empirico’s two foundational technology platforms – the Precision Insights Platform™ for genetically-validated target discovery, and the siRCH™ platform for the discovery and development of siRNA medicines – are used separately and in tandem to enable Empirico and our collaborators from the discovery and validation of novel targets to clinically-viable therapeutics. Empirico’s exceptional internal capabilities, augmented by those of its partners, are driving the advancement of a growing and differentiated pipeline of wholly-owned and partnered programs. Empirico is headquartered in San Diego, CA with a major second site in Madison, WI.

We’re striving to build a strong culture of inclusivity, transparency and collaboration at Empirico, where our diverse and equitable workforce is empowered to contribute to our mission. We always seek the best candidate for the position and encourage you to apply even if your experience or qualifications don’t match up exactly with the job description. Empirico is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To All Agencies: Please do not contact any employee of Empirico about this position. All resumes submitted by agencies to any employee of Empirico via-email or in any form and by any method will be deemed the sole property of Empirico, unless such agencies were engaged by Empirico for this position and a valid agreement is in place.

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