Biological Scientist

Tampa, Florida, United States

Job description

Dept Number/Name: 0-7909-000/Comparative Medicine

College/Division: Research & Innovation

Salary Plan: Staff

Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $38,000 to $40,000

Position Numbers: 10077 and 16403

Organizational Summary:1215

USF Research & Innovation (USFRI) is charged with the central administration and oversight of the USF System research enterprise. USFRI promotes USF research; enhances economic development; provides services and assistance to facilitate faculty, staff, and student research efforts; ensures compliance with research-related laws, regulations, and policies of federal, state, sponsoring agencies and organizations, and the university; and provides for the protection and promotion of intellectual property generated by USF System employees.

Comparative Medicine directs multiple integrated laboratories for research and teaching involving animals providing researchers from all departments and disciplines throughout the University and its affiliated institutions with technical assistance and support services in surgical procedural, diagnostic, behavioral testing, and transgenic laboratories.

Position Summary:

Comparative Medicine is seeking a Biological Scientist with strong attention to detail and animal handling or veterinary experience. The Biological Scientist will perform and direct others in complex veterinary medical, surgical, and research experimental techniques. They will also perform and direct others in the specialized care, husbandry, and use of immunocompromised and mutagenized rodents. Physical demands involve standing, walking, pushing, pulling, repeated reaching, bending or kneeling and occasional light to heavy lifting. We are seeking a highly capable, self-motivated individual who desires to be part of a dynamic team in a model program.


  • Independently performs and/or directs others in complex veterinary medical, surgical, and research experimental techniques- serves as an anesthetist, surgical assistant, and research technical assistant. Prepares procedural, surgical, and testing laboratories and complex equipment and supplies for experimentation. Independently performs surgeries, (e.g., vasectomies, ovariectomies, thymectomies), complex research techniques, (e.g., device implantations, splenic and marrow injections, phlebotomies), and clinical research assessments (e.g., hematology, tumor evaluations and measurements). Administers pre-anesthetics, injectable or inhalant general anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, and experimental biologics or radionuclides to animals via intravenous, intramuscular, intraperitoneal, subcutaneous, intradermal, percutaneous, or oral routes.
  • Provides assistance to research investigators regarding animal use, identification, handling, restraint, care, anesthesia, analgesia, and treatments. Maintains research, surgical, procedural, medical, and compliance records, logs, and notebooks. Analyzes and interprets clinical data and prepares reports regarding observations made. Conducts literature reviews of research topics. Communicates findings and observations and makes recommendations to research investigators, peers, supervisors, and veterinarians.
  • Performs, assists with, and/or directs others in the specialized care, husbandry and use requirements of animal conditioning and quarantine, the containment of infectious collections, & the isolation of immunocompromised and mutagenized collections. Independently manages breeding colonies of unique mutagenized mice, including maintaining detailed colony records, establishing breeders, confirming plugs, sexing and identifying neonates, collecting tissues for genotyping, and performing prosections and perfusions for phenotyping.
  • Performs, assists with, and/or directs others in the resolution of animal health concerns, including veterinary physical examinations, clinical evaluations, and administering treatments. Performs, assists with, and/or directs others in the examination, sample collection, and testing of research colony animals, quarantine animals, and sentinel animals.
  • Performs and directs others in the routine husbandry and care of all research and teaching animal collections following federal laws and principles, professional standards, and standard operating procedures of the division, including identification, feeding, handling, cage sanitation, and facility maintenance and housekeeping. Assists with maintaining adequate inventories of veterinary medical and surgical supplies, equipment, and reagents, animal husbandry supplies and with the disposal of outdated or expired supplies.
  • Performs other duties as required. Attends meetings, seminars, workshops, training sessions as related to certification, continuing education, and professional development.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in biology, life, or animal sciences. Progressively responsible experience involving scientific laboratory or field work may be substituted for the required college education on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

College degree in biology, life or animal sciences, or veterinary technology. Three to five years of animal handling and veterinary experience, at least two of which are in a research environment demonstrating progressively more complex responsibilities and competencies.

How to Claim Vet Preference

This position allows eligible veterans and their spouses to claim Veterans’ Preference pursuant to Florida Statute 295.

Applicants claiming preference are responsible for providing required documentation AT THE TIME OF SUBMITTING APPLICATION; such documentation is required for eligibility determination.

Supporting documentation, in addition to the DD214, may be required based on eligibility criteria.

For information on obtaining a DD 214 visit or call 1-866-272-6272.

About USF

The University of South Florida System is a high-impact, global research system dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Working at USF

With more than 16,000 employees in the USF System, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees. We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.

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Information for Applicants

This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position.

How to apply

Apply online by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.
This position is subject to a criminal background check.

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