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Veterinary Surgical Specialist

  • R&D
  • Full-time
  • Cambridge, MA

2022-10-17 02:52:19 UTC

Veterinary Surgery Specialist – Rodent Neurosurgery 

Axoft is building the most advanced and scalable platform for implantable brain-machine interfaces. Our mission is to enable long-term stable and ultra-high bandwidth communication with the brain, opening new therapies and treatments against neurological disorders and physical disabilities. We have bridged the gap between electronic and biological materials to create the softest, nanofabricated brain implants in the world. We are now looking to add talented people to the team who are passionate, deliver results, and are committed to finding creative solutions to complex problems. Axoft is looking for candidates who have demonstrated exceptional abilities and results in their previous professional, academic and interpersonal experiences and have the skillset that fits this job offer. 

We are seeking a Veterinary Surgery Specialist to help in the development of our next-generation brain-machine interface. You will help the R&D teams to implant pre-clinical prototypes in various animal models to demonstrate safety and efficacy of our technology. This is an extraordinary opportunity to join our core team to help to shape the future of our company. This position will be on-site at our animal facility near Alewife in Cambridge, MA.  


About you:  

  • You embrace challenges at work, and you enjoy solving complex problems by breaking it down into achievable goals. 

  • You are thoughtful and creative, but you are also execution oriented, with a clear focus on delivering a simple, implementable, scalable solution. 

  • You love multi-disciplinary environments and thrive when working with various teams of engineers and scientists. 

  • You are ingenious and independent but know how to leverage the experience of your team. 

  • You pursue to grow together in a team building an active and interactive culture. 


Key qualifications:  

  • B.S./B.A. degree in animal science or equivalent field required. 

  • Two years related rodent (primarily rat) care and handling experience as well as veterinary technical skills required.  

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed. 

  • Certification/Licensure: AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician level (LAT) or higher. Veterinary Technician licensure of CVT or LVT is preferred. 

  • Experienced and proficient in rat technical skills, including handling, restraint, gavage, injection, and phlebotomy techniques.  

  • Capable of performing aseptic technique for rodent neurosurgery. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

  • High attention to detail and a phenomenal work ethic. 


Preferred qualifications:  

  • Experience in large animal (canine, ovine or equivalent) and/or non-primate neurosurgery. 

  • Experience in the implantation of neural probes and related brain surgeries (e.g craniotomy, durotomy)  


Your responsibilities:  

  • Collaborate and report to the Senior Research Scientist about the general progress and strategy for hardware system development. 

  • Perform rodent (primarily rat) neurosurgery to implant the softest neural recording probe that enables massive communication between the brain and computer.  

  • Conduct routine audits of animal holding rooms and procedure spaces to ensure the health and well-being of the animals and adherence to regulations, institutional policies, standard operating procedures.  

  • Identify veterinary problems such as unexpected experimental outcomes, equipment issues, dead and/or sick animals, overcrowded cage conditions, physical plant issues, takes part in cause-and-effect analysis. 

  • Be responsible for ensuring and maintaining veterinary records such as, sentinel health reports, drug log audits, inventory supply as well as ordering supplies for the veterinary group. 


What we offer: 

  • An opportunity to work with a team of experts on one of the most exciting problems in the world and change lives.  

  • Career growth opportunities that fit your potential. 

  • Comprehensive benefits plan including health and dental insurance; parental leave. 

  • Flexible paid time off. 


Axoft’s ideal team members are people who seek fast-paced, evolving work with bright, thoughtful, and dedicated teammates. We seek and embrace challenges, and we are ultimately focused on improving the health and well-being of people. We believe in producing the highest quality work, and we hold ourselves and each other to high standards of integrity, accountability, growth, and trust.  


Axoft provides equal opportunity in all our employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status, genetic information or any other category protected by federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training and social, and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.