Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Study Support Technician - Floater

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Ashburn, United States


The Study Support Technician (SST) position will provide standard services related to animal husbandry and technical procedures to support scientific research at Janelia. This will include a variety of laboratory animal species, including, but not limited to mice, rats, and zebrafish.  Under general supervision the position will be focused on ensuring the highest degree of animal care and welfare while supporting and working with Janelia researchers conducting basic science in a dynamic team-oriented environment. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Husbandry Services:

  • Perform animal husbandry and animal care support services to multiple species (e.g. providing feed, water, clean cages, and daily observations of each animal).

  • Receive, examine and properly house incoming animal shipments

  • Clean and sanitize animal holding or procedure rooms.

  • Provide environmental enrichment appropriate to the species housed.

  • Set-up breeding units of rodents and zebrafish as directed.

  • Utilize databases for animal recordkeeping, including but not limited to, animal housing and study support.

  • Assist with receiving, stocking and maintenance of all supply inventories.

  • Maintain and record appropriate data for all duties completed.

  • Additional departmental/project specific activities as assigned and listed in the corresponding job description supplement.

Technical Procedures:

  • Provide other minor technical support for species housed (e.g. restraining animals, collecting blood, performing injections, clinical treatments) as directed

In addition to the duties specifically identified by this job description, the position will include other duties if and as assigned by the direct supervisor or others with supervisory authority over this position.



  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in life science or any other related field preferred.

  • ALAT certified with AALAS within one year.


  • Six months of experience working with vertebrate animal species.

  • Experience in a basic or applied science research setting preferred.  This could include academic, industry, or non-profit.

  • Alternative combinations of education and experience will be considered; e.g. High School diploma and 4 years of experience working with vertebrate animal species

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to identify changes in an animal’s behavior or health and provide basic prescribed treatments.

  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated individual

  • Ability to learn tasks quickly.

  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office and/or Google Docs.

  • Ability to complete multiple requests and assignments as directed

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team effort.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, rapidly changing environment to accomplish mutual goals.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication, written and verbal, skills to deal effectively with research scientists, laboratory technical staff, administrative staff, and management.

Physical Requirements:

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: R-813