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Behavior Technician

Oregon Health & Science University
Beaverton, Oregon
Closing date
Aug 11, 2022

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Full Time
Science and Technology Studies
Organization Type
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 Senior Research Assistant will 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; assist with implementation of behavioral management plan; communicate with other units to identify and assess NHP to be selected for assignment. Supervise formation and monitoring of pairs and groups of nonhuman primates (NHPs), perform behavioral assessments on caged NHPs; assist with program to utilize Operant Conditioning to train NHPs to cooperate with husbandry and research procedures; participate in training new and visiting staff; review literature and regulatory sources to evaluate and recommend implementation of psychological well-being plans and protocols.

    Bachelor's in relevant field AND 1 year of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience
    Coursework in Biology, Zoology, Psychology, or Anthropology
    1 year experience in a research setting
    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, use basic computer programs (including spreadsheets and graphics programs)
    Ability to think strategically and work accordingly, producing effective results and working efficiently within the time constraints of the position
    Work independently and in group setting
    ability to prioritize work demands, and coordinate BSU programs with other staff and departments
    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
    Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 12 kg
    Fine motor skills to operate hand/power tools
    Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

      Master's degree
      1 year experience working with NHP
      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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