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Research Assistant 2

Oregon Health & Science University
Beaverton, Oregon
Closing date
Jul 18, 2022

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Full Time
Science and Technology Studies
Organization Type
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The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for overseeing behavioral management for nonhuman primates (NHPs), including performing social introductions (either pairs or groups of NHPs), monitor socially housed NHPs for compatibility, assess behavioral needs of NHPs and provide appropriate enrichment, assist with program utilizing Operant Conditioning to train NHPs to cooperate with husbandry and research procedures; contribute to the design and implementation of research devoted to psychological well being of research animals, including assessing and improving psychological well-being methods; data collection, entry, and analysis; responsible for specific phases of research projects; review literature and regulatory sources to evaluate and recommend implementation of psychological well-being plans and protocols.

    Bachelor's in any field OR Associate's AND 3 years of relevant experience OR 4 years of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience
    Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate positively and effectively in oral and written formats, with research, administrative, and support staff regarding the needs and goals of the program
    Ability to interact with NHPs in a calm, respectful manner
    Ability to read and follow oral and written instructions
    Basic computer programs (including spreadsheets, graphics, and statistical programs) and simple hand/power tools
    Ability to think strategically and work accordingly, producing effective results and working efficiently within the time constraints of the position
    Ability to work both independently and in group settings
    Ability to prioritize work demands
    Perform work in areas where there is a potential risk of exposure to zoonotic agents through injury, by direct contact with animals or their tissues and body fluids, or by contact with equipment contaminated by animals or their tissues and body fluids
    Work may be performed in animal housing areas that are not climate controlled and may have wet and/or slippery surfaces
    Valid Driver's License and the ability to drive ARRS/ONPRC vehicles on and off campus

      Zoology, Psychology, or Anthropology
      Coursework in animal behavior and/or primate biology
      1 year experience in a research setting
      NHP experience
      Proficient in Microsoft suite and statistical programs
      LAT, LATG, or CVT

      Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume and references.

      Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

      As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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