Behavior Technician – Temporary

Oregon Health & Science University

Job Overview

Department Overview: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.

Function/Duties of Position:The temporary Behavior Technician will assist in overseeing behavioral management for nonhuman primates (NHPs), monitor socially housed NHPs for compatibility, assess behavior of indoor housed NHPs, assess temperament of NHPs, data collection, entry, and analysis, make and distribute environmental enrichment to NHPs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in relevant 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
  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Psychology, or Anthropology
  • Experience in a research setting
  • Proficient in Microsoft suite and statistical programs
  • LAT, LATg, or CVT

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

All are welcome: 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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