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The primary purpose of this position is to provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology. In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purpose as a Center:
Commitment to Research
Accountability - Productivity
The Primate Center has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Technologist 1. Under general direction of the head of Lab manager of Behavioral Management Services this position carries out activities to meet the mission of the Behavioral Management Program which was established in 1997 to (a) oversee the implementation of the federally required UW Environmental Enhancement Plan for nonhuman primates (NHPs), (b) attend to the psychological well-being and behavioral health of WaNPRC's research monkeys, and (c) contribute to currently accepted professional standards by publishing research on psychological well-being and environmental enrichment.
This position requires the ability to multi-task and work independently. As an essential component of Department of Primate Resources, the Behavioral Management Program provides federally required services and documentation that may be requested by IACUC, AAALAC, USDA and others who require information regarding compliance with the Federal Animal Welfare Regulations. The Behavioral Management group demonstrates exemplary teamwork, communication, accountability, and commitment to research.
Develop and maintain the mission of the Behavioral Management Services Program
Aid in and provide back up to the PWB coordinators for bi-weekly colony visits at HSB, IPRL and Western facilities monitor for abnormal/atypical behaviors
Assist the Behavioral Case Manager (BCM) by providing monitoring for special needs animals when requested. Assist the BCM in completing PWB physical exams of behavioral cases when requested.
Assist the BCM with data entry.
Note any abnormal behaviors during routine duties in animal rooms and enter into appropriate databases.
Aid PWB coordinators and BCM with social introductions in compounds.
Order/maintain/distribute enrichment goods for monkeys
Provide back up for ordering produce and dry goods for HSB and Western facilities on a weekly basis.
Stock, organize, and clean the BMS EE kitchens.
Make frozen and other special foraging treats.
Ensure an ample supply of foraging treats.
Distribute special enrichment (foraging boards, paint rollers).
Aid the PWB Coordinators in distributing extra EE to singly housed and behaviorally sensitive monkeys on a weekly basis.
Count, sort, clean, distribute, and store enrichment toys upon arrival.
Assist in conducting research projects, including conducting behavioral observations of animals referred for behavioral monitoring using standardized methods, data collection, and data management.
Consult literature, discuss research design, contribute to manuscripts/abstracts for publication, and assist in reviewing written materials produced by the PWB Program.
Collect physiological samples (which can include hair, saliva, blood, etc.)
Conduct behavioral observations using The Observer behavioral observation software.
Collection of other samples as requested.
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Two years experience as a Laboratory Technician II, or equivalent OR a Bachelors Degree (BA or BS) in an appropriate field of science, such as Psychology, Anthropology, Zoology, or Biology. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
At least 6 months of experience working with non-human primates.
Ability to work effectively and with sensitivity and discretion in animal model research setting. Understanding of the political sensitivities surrounding animal model research.
Must be familiar with observing non-human primate behavior and be committed to promoting primate well-being.
Desktop computing skills including word processing, Excel and database access (Animal Records System).
Demonstrated ability to work reliably and independently.
Experience in paying attention to detail.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for minimum qualifications.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Experience with nonhuman primate behavior research, including writing reports on behavioral observations.
Familiarity with environmental enrichment and psychological well-being issues.
Experience working well with people of different personalities, education, and cultural backgrounds as well as working in a fast-paced, multi-task setting.
Terms and Conditions for Employment
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of health assessment at the UW's Employee Health Clinic. The health assessment may include but is not limited to tuberculosis clearance, measles clearance, serum banking, immunizations such as tetanus and vaccinia, physical exam and/or review of work health history, x-rays, and/or assessment to wear positive or negative respiratory protective equipment. These health assessments will be repeated periodically during work assignment.
This position may be required to work with and take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially infectious agents. Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing. Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures, and staying current on all required training. Bloodborne pathogen training and compliance with all WaNPRC and UW security policies is also mandatory. This position involves handling nonhuman primates and human pathogenic organisms. The ability to work in an ABSL-3 containment facility may be required.
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