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Alaka'ina Foundation Family of Companies Research Associate - Animal Surgical Technician in Fort Sam Houston, Texas

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Research Associate - Animal Surgical Technician


TX - Fort Sam Houston

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Laulima Government Solutions is looking for a Research Associate-Animal Surgical Technician to provide research support administration services for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s United States Army Surgical Institute (USAIR) in Fort Sam Houston, TX.


  • Assist and/or perform acute and recovery surgeries in small and large animals using sterile techniques

  • Collect physiological data (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate, muscle strength)

  • Perform cut downs for the placement of arterial and venous catheters in small and large animals

  • Set-up, maintain and calibrate electronic physiological devices with PC based data acquisition and control systems

  • Provide daily assessments on small and large animals and administer analgesics

  • Euthanize animals, dissect, and harvest tissues and process them for histology, specified bioassays, and storage

  • Perform routine molecular biology assays (e.g., RT-PCR, Western Blot)

  • Perform microscopic analysis using multiple microscopy techniques such as, but not limited to fluorescence and confocal microscopy

  • Maintain and organize digital archive of photomicrographs

  • Perform general microbiological and cell culture methods

  • Performs data collection, management, and analysis for preparation for publication

  • Maintains laboratory notebooks

  • Track and maintain inventory of tissue samples

  • Maintains organization of laboratory areas, and maintains and order all pertinent supplies related to protocols

  • Assists in submitting manuscripts, posters and abstracts to relevant journals and meetings.

  • Order and provide animal handling of small and large animals including surgical preparation

  • Plans, organizes, and accomplishes assignments.

  • Coordinates work to ensure smooth operation, proper delivery of services, and effective customer support.

  • Contractor shall comply with all Department of Defense, U.S. Army, USAISR and other Governmental regulatory requirements with special emphasis on safety and security.

Degree/Education/Certification Requirements:

  • A BS in a Biological Science, Chemistry, or related field is preferred.

Citizenship/Security Clearance Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen

  • Must have or be able to obtain a favorable National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI)

The Alakaina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms who are designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-Owned and fall into the respective categories of standard Small Business, 8(a) certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), and HUBZone. The FOCs includes Keaki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, Kūpono Government Services, Kāpili Services, and Pookela Solutions. Alakaina Foundation activities under the 501(c)3 principally benefit the youth of Hawaii through charitable efforts which includes providing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science & technology, and environmental stewardship.

For additional information on Laulima, please visit www.alakainafoundation.com.

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