Assistant Lab Animal Research (LAR) Scientist

Madison, WI
Drug Discovery and Development /
Full-time /
Position Description: Empirico, a biotechnology company that combines unmatched expertise in human genetics-driven target discovery with world-class capabilities in siRNA drug discovery, is looking for a talented Laboratory Animal Research (LAR) professional to support our vivarium operations.


    • Your responsibilities will include contributing to daily vivarium activities and operations. You will be expected to -
    • Perform daily tasks related to animal care, ensuring humane treatment of animals, including husbandry, health monitoring, and administering medications
    • Perform experimental procedures, collect samples and experimental data, and accurately maintain records
    • Collaborate with researchers and staff to design and execute experiments, prepare animal models, and analyze data
    • Assist in developing and implementing SOPs for animal care, experimental protocols, and safety guidelines
    • Maintain cleanliness and organization of laboratory and animal housing areas, following biosafety and animal welfare protocols
    • Participate in training programs to stay current with advancements in animal research and welfare standards

Education and Experience Requirements:

    • Associate's degree in Animal Science or a related discipline preferred
    • 1+ year of vivarium experience with responsibility for animal husbandry is required
    • Applicants must have authorization to work in the U.S.

Skills Requirements:

    • Experience in rodent handling and proficiency with in vivo procedures, injections, blood draws, data collection, and analysis are required
    • Effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to apply relevant scientific concepts and terminology
    • Affinity for animals and respect for their welfare is essential
    • Critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to adapt to a dynamic team environment
    • Self-motivated with a commitment to quality and safety
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, with general computer literacy

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
    • Manual dexterity required for lab work
    • Willingness to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed
The estimated annual base salary range for this role is $45,000 to $60,000. Individual compensation decisions will be based on various factors, such as primary work location, complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. We offer a wide range of benefits including a retirement savings plan (with company match), paid vacation, holidays, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

About Empirico: Empirico is a biotechnology company that discovers and develops novel medicines designed to mimic naturally-occurring genetic variants that confer beneficial effects on health and disease. Empirico’s two foundational technology platforms – the Precision Insights Platform™ for genetically-validated target discovery, and the siRCH™ platform for the discovery and development of siRNA medicines – are used separately and in tandem to enable Empirico and our collaborators from the discovery and validation of novel targets to clinically-viable therapeutics. Empirico’s exceptional internal capabilities, augmented by those of its partners, are driving the advancement of a growing and differentiated pipeline of wholly-owned and partnered programs. Empirico is headquartered in San Diego, CA with a major second site in Madison, WI.

We're striving to build a strong culture of inclusivity, transparency and collaboration at Empirico, where our diverse and equitable workforce is empowered to contribute to our mission. We always seek the best candidate for the position and encourage you to apply even if your experience or qualifications don’t match up exactly with the job description. Empirico is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To All Agencies: Please do not contact any employee of Empirico about this position. All resumes submitted by agencies to any employee of Empirico via-email or in any form and by any method will be deemed the sole property of Empirico, unless such agencies were engaged by Empirico for this position and a valid agreement is in place.