Job: Surgical Specialist, Altasciences Preclinical Services, Everett, WA

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Surgical Specialist
Job location:
Everett, WA 98203 United States

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Job Description

Everett, WA, USA Req #1205

Altasciences is a mid-size contract research organization with a unique focus on supporting drug development from lead candidate selection to proof of concept. With over 25 years of industry experience, we provide preclinical and clinical solutions to an international customer base of biopharmaceutical companies. Our full-service offering in this critical stage of drug development includes program management, preclinical safety testing, clinical pharmacology services, manufacturing and analytical services, medical writing, biostatistics, data management, and bioanalysis services tailored to specific research requirements. Altasciences has facilities in Montreal, QC; Kansas City, KS,Seattle, WA and Philadelphia, PA.

Our team is made up of over 1,300 professionals from the medical and scientific fields who work together to achieve a common goal: to contribute to the advancement of life sciences. Bring your talents and forward-thinking approach to Altasciences and help us develop medicines for those who need them, faster.

The Surgical Specialist will manage our surgical program (NHP, Swine, Canine, Rodent) including daily workflow, personnel assignments, training, equipment, and supplies. Performs selected surgical procedures that require advanced expertise/experience. Facilitates all aspects of surgery and surgical support functions according to SOPs and GLP. Supports Study Supervisor(s) and Study Director(s) by performing and assisting with surgical procedure coordination and execution on research studies.


*Follows, performs, and develops SOP's and Protocols for surgery and surgical support for study and stock animals, including, but not limited to femoral/intrathecal catheterizations, telemetry implantations, skin/muscle/bone marrow/lymph node/liver biopsies, cerebrospinal fluid collection, intracerebroventricular (ICV) cannula implantation, osmotic pump implantation, endoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage, electroencephalography (EEG),apheresis, gas anesthesia, anesthesia monitoring, and experimental procedures
*Phonemah/DSI implantation and maintenance for M and L series implants
*Manages the daily workflow for the surgical program, including, but not limited to personnel assignments, surgery facility availability, and study/stock surgery needs to ensure procedures are performed as required and the facility is properly maintained
*Coordinates with Safety Assessment and Laboratory Animal Resources to plan, perform, and create surgical procedures in SOP and Protocol form
*Creation and maintenance of the surgical training program and continued training ofpersonnel to GLP and company standards using written instruction, simulation, practical, and vendor training program resources
*Ensures continued function and maintenance of surgical equipment
*Orders and inventories supplies in the surgical facilities, including study specific supplies
*Operates selected laboratory equipment (e.g., surgical, imaging, telemetry and ECGequipment)


*BS/BA in a scientific discipline preferred
*Experience or familiarity with at least one of the following surgical techniques: biopsies, femoral implantation, telemetry device implantation, IT dosing or implantation, intravitreal dosing, CSF collection, bone marrow collection or similar procedure in animal.
*3+ years related work experience (GLP preferred)
*LATg certification or equivalent preferred
*Ability to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Info Path, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint
*Able to adapt easily to new software programs
The language skills required include, but are not limited to the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, software manuals, study documents, and procedure manuals
*Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
*The math skills required include, but are not limited to the ability to understand and utilize appropriate mathematical concepts for calculating and interpreting scientific data
*Continual GLP training and training on applicable procedures and SOPs within the department.
*Ability to work cross functionally on process improvements
*Demonstrated attention to detail. Ability to multi-task and maintain organization in a fast paced, changing environment. Ability to manage change. Readily adapts to new projects. Positive attitude toward work and co-workers.Comfortable communicating with all levels of management and employees. Able to identify and resolve problems as they are encountered
*Wear appropriate PPE in accordance with policies and procedures. PPE may include, but is not limited to: N-95 respirator, face mask, safety glasses, goggles, face shield, gloves, lab coat, scrubs, shoe covers, hair bouffant, and arm protectors
*Ability to work overtime, holidays, weekends, and evenings as needed

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*Pay Type Hourly
*Job Start Date Monday, January 4, 2021

Altasciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
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