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Behavioral Technician II

Northern Biomedical Research Inc
Spring Lake, MI
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Role Summary

In coordination with veterinary staff, the Behavioral Technician II is primarily responsible for coordinating and developing the animal behavioral health, enrichment, and acclimation/training programs to meet regulatory requirements.

Role Responsibilities

• In close coordination with veterinarians, develop and directly oversee an environmental enrichment program for all species, including but not limited to macaques, swine, dogs, and rodents.

• Oversee socialization of social species.

• Maintain records for medical and/or behavioral exemptions to social housing or other components of the enrichment program.

• Create and maintain a database that allows for tracking and ordering food and non-food enrichment supplies.

• Perform species-specific acclimation and positive reinforcement training, including but not limited to pole and collar, chair restraint, transfer box, transfer tunnel, target training, and sling acclimation. Collaborate and coordinate with in-life technical staff.

• Collaborate closely with veterinarians to oversee and coordinate behavioral management of colony and training animals, including management of abnormal behaviors.

• Support training department and veterinarians in training of in-life technical staff in animal behavior, enrichment, positive reinforcement, and animal training.

• Implement appropriate standard operating procedures and other procedural documents.

• Other duties as assigned

Role Requirements

• HS diploma/GED required.

• AS/BS/MS or equivalent in animal behavior or other life science related discipline with 1 year experience in behavioral or laboratory animal science OR 3 years’ experience in behavioral or laboratory animal science required.

• ALAT/LAT/LATG certification preferred.

• Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office core applications. Ability to learn and use additional applications.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Ability to handle common laboratory species.

• Basic understanding of study design and protocols.

• Knowledge of Animal Welfare Regulations, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Good Laboratory Practice Regulations, and other regulations/guidance documents relating to care of laboratory animals.

• Advanced understanding of laboratory operations and data collection

Behavioral Expectations

• Self-Motivation

• Communication

• Problem Solving

Special Requirements

• The person in this role will spend approximately 25% in an office setting and 75% in the laboratory. There will be exposure to animal pathogens and chemicals. There will be handling of and/or exposure to animal tissues and zoonotic organisms.

• Ability to don and wear personal protective gear, including respirators.

• Physical activity including lifting (up to 50lbs), carrying (up to 40lbs for up to 50 feet), pushing/pulling (up to 75lbs force), reaching, gripping/pinching, standing and ascending ladder without restriction.

• Ability to work beyond typical work schedule including but not limited to evenings, weekends, extended shifts with short notice.

Northern Biomedical Research Inc


Spring Lake, MI
49456 USA