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Animal Biologist (Neuroscience) - NIH

Bethesda, Maryland, US
Closing date
Dec 5, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government Solutions offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with the leading medical research center in the world. We are seeking an experienced individual to work as an Animal Biologist (Neuroscience) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:

- Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefit package

- Optional health, vision, and dental plans

-Vacation leave as well as 10 paid federal holidays and 401K plan.

- Access to NIH's unparalleled resources and niche scientific initiatives

TASKS/SERVICES. The contractor shall:

Studies the basic principles of animal life and the effects of varying environmental factors.
  • Coordinate husbandry, animal care and enrichment activities to maintain a clean, safe and regulatory compliant animal research program

Conducts research and performs experiments on the selection and breeding of animals.
  • Work with staff to maintain, breed, genotype and phenotype transgenic animal colony; maintain records of animal colony
  • Develop and maintain a spreadsheet of animal breeding records; record lineage, genotype, birth, death and experimental use of each animal
  • Set up animals to be available in numbers and at the time required
  • Develop and maintain a breeding database to record all animals in the breeding colony
  • Anticipate animal needs for lab research and colony maintenance; adjust the number of breeding pairs accordingly

Maintains animal colonies.
  • Communicate and collaborate with investigators regarding colony and support duties
  • Handle, dissect and euthanize animals
  • Maintain animal colony, including general husbandry, breeding, plug checks, weaning, tagging animals and obtaining tail or ear snips for genotyping, and euthanasia

Performs simple surgeries on animals.
  • Perform animal surgeries, including utero electroporation
  • Handle, dissect and euthanize animals
  • Perform skilled routine surgical procedures in support of on-going animal studies

Prepares and analyzes animal tissues.
  • Harvest and collect animal embryos, tissues, and organs
  • Perform a variety of specialized tissue fixation, embedding, sectioning and staining techniques
  • Manage genotyping of samples of transgenic animals
  • Perform analysis of animal tissues; prepare frozen slices and paraffin sections, appropriately stained to demonstrate normal and abnormal structures

Performs molecular biology techniques.
  • Perform a variety of specialized tissue fixation, embedding, sectioning and staining techniques

Performs immunohistochemistry on animal tissues.
  • Perform light and confocal microscopy
  • Work with staff to process tissue for immunohistochemistry

Analyzes experimental data.
  • Update and maintain laboratory notebooks and databases; collect, analyze and interpret data
  • Maintain records of experimental results; work with staff to analyze and interpret data; prepare summaries of laboratory findings

Edits and writes research papers and protocols.
  • Document information on procedures, modifications and methods for input into final publication and presentations of findings at meetings

Selects, devises, plans, and executes the most appropriate experiments for analysis and interpretation of data, for developing strategies, for pursuing significant observances, and for ensuring accuracy of data.
  • Work with staff on the modification of laboratory protocols and experiments based on literature findings
  • Document all laboratory procedures, experiments and results; maintain and update laboratory notebooks and databases
  • Develop, validate, perform and interpret a variety of complex experimental techniques and procedures; work with staff to develop procedures addressing new animal study needs, logistics, modifications to standard operating procedures, andor existing guidelines to resolve technical problems
  • Manage oversight and progress of critical results in animal-based experiments including evaluating goal-specific phenotypes of animals; collaborate with Primary investigators and other experimental team members to determine, evaluate and discuss the progress of projects

REQUIREMENTS. The contractor must have:

Certifications & Licenses
  • none

Skills (Ranked By Priority)
  • Basic animal (mouse) husbandry
  • Tissue harvesting and processing
  • immunohistochemistry
  • survival surgery

  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 represents priority rankings, where 1 is highest priority and 5 is lowest priority of those ranked

    • Animal colony maintenance
    • Microsoft office

    Field of Study
    • Neuroscience
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics

    Note: Vaccination against COVID-19 is a requirement for all job opportunities offered through Kelly Government Solutions, in accordance with the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.


    When you apply, please know a Kelly Government Solutions Recruiter will review your resume and will contact you directly, if your skills and experience match the requirements of this position; a full job description can be made available at that time.

    Due to the high volume of inquiries, we regret that we cannot accept phone calls. Even if you aren't contacted for this position, you are still part of our talent network. All Kelly recruiters have access to your profile, which expands your opportunities even further.

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