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Specialist 1, Vivarium Operations

Location Petaluma, California Workstyle Onsite Only

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From research and discovery to post-market clinical development, our WWRD engine involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with genetic diseases.  


The Animal Resources Group at BioMarin is a dynamic, collegial, interactive group where teamwork, ingenuity, and scientific excellence are highly valued.
We are seeking a Specialist 1 with somebackgroundand experience with vivarium and animal program work and/or lab work. The successful candidate will serve as a point of contact for vivarium operations issues at the Petaluma site.   
The candidate will be the secondary point of contact for all equipment, freezer thaws, pipettes,chemical inventory management, water baths, equipment management inventory system, washing, gas management and incubator maintenance.  They will escort internal and external vendors throughout the lab. They will help lab staff set up for projects.  Supplemental duties will be assigned as needed to assist the animal program functions.  Some of these duties will be to assist in cage changing, take-downs and weekend health checks.  The candidate will be on the emergency response team.
It is preferred this candidate is detail-oriented and eager to help and assist in the many responsibilities necessary to ensure efficient workflow in laboratory operations, facility management and compliance within industry standards as they pertain to AAALAC accreditation and USDA. 
  • Pipette Management
  • Freezer Thaws
  • Internal and external vendor escorting
  • Equipment PM's (internal and vendor), including repairs, deployment, and documentation
  • Lab workstation setup and Water Bath cleanings
  • Controlled temperature environment support
  • Capable of lifting 50 lbs
  • Managechemical inventory
  • Main internal equipment inventory and facility management
  • Manage Site Logistics Transportation for Vivarium Operations needs
  • Capable of Incubator cleaning and setup
  • Member ofemergency response team activities
  • Meet with Praxair and set up gases internally
  • Assists husbandry team with cage changing, washing and sanitation
  • Other duties assigned as necessary
  • Associates or Bachelors in Life Sciences required
  • ALAT or LAT certification from AALAS Required
  • 2-3 years experience in lab
  • Ability to easily work on several projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language
  • Highly collaborative and agile in nature
  • Ability to work toward established goals without daily supervision
  • Excel at organizing and tracking
Workplace Requirements:
  • This is a full-time role based in Petaluma, CA (only).
We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  

In the U.S., the salary range for this position is $ 67,500 to $ 101,300 per year, which factors in various geographic regions. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate's geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A discretionary bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

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