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NHP Trainer

Oregon Health & Science University
Beaverton, Oregon
Closing date
May 10, 2024

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Position Type
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.

This position will be responsible for participating in behavioral management for nonhuman primates (NHPs) assigned to sequester/containment (ABSL 2+) and other areas. Responsibilities will include:
  • Participation in ONPRC nonhuman primate (NHP) positive reinforcement training (PRT) program to train NHPs to cooperate with husbandry and research procedures including daily injections, biological sample collection, and ultrasounds
  • Assessing NHPs for suitability for various research programs
  • Assisting with specific components of research projects devoted to psychological well being of research animals, including data collection, entry, analysis, and report writing
  • Working closely with PI staff and others to address behavioral needs of NHPs
  • Reviewing literature and regulatory sources to evaluate and recommend implementation of training plans and protocols

  • Bachelor's in relevant field AND 1 year 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, use basic computer programs (including spreadsheets, graphics and statistical programs) and simple hand/power tools
  • Ability to think strategicaly 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

  • Master's Degree in biology, psychology, anthropology, or related field
  • 1 year training NHPs using PRT
  • Proficient in Microsoft suite and statistical programs
  • LAT, LATg, or CVT

  • Work performed in areas where there is a potential risk of exposure to zoonotic agents throgh 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 which are not climate controlled, and may have wet and/or slippery surfaces
  • May need to stand for long periods of time

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

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