Madison, WI
Oct 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 92212-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 92212-AS

Working Title: Behavior Management Technician


Hiring Department: A348800-VCRGE/PRIMATE/PRIMATE

FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: NOVEMBER 07, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $30,207 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited university in Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Zoology, or related field required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum of one year of hands-on experience working with nonhuman primates is required, with training in behavioral observation preferred. Experience with shaping behavior and positive reinforcement training, as well as understanding of experimental design, and cognitive and motor testing, highly desired.

The ideal candidate will have experience with literature review, data collection, statistical analysis, and preparation of data graphics for publications. Must be able to independently resolve issues, troubleshoot problems, and work as an integral part of a team. Excellent oral and written communication skills, consistent attention to detail in performing job duties according to standard operating procedures, and strong organizational skills are required. Must be comfortable working with both Macintosh and PC computers, as well as complex electronic databases. Knowledge and competency in word processing, Excel, SPSS or other statistical software, highly preferred.

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) is one of seven federally supported National Primate Research Centers and the only one in the Midwest. WNPRC's mission is to increase the understanding of basic primate biology and to improve human health and quality of life through research. To accomplish this, the WNPRC helps discover treatments, preventions and cures for human disease; generates new knowledge of primate biology, from the molecular and whole animal levels to the understanding of primate ecosystems; facilitates research progress by providing expertise, resources and training to scientists worldwide; and collects primate information and disseminates to the research community and to the public. Based in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the WNPRC is commited to diversity both as an end in itself, but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparaties through research. To support this commitment, we encourage applications from candidates who hold these same values of diversity and inclusion.

A position is available in the WNPRC Behavioral Services Unit, performing a variety of tasks related to behavioral projects involving nonhuman primates. The Behavioral Services Unit supports the WNPRC research mission by promoting and ensuring the psychological well-being of the nonhuman primates. This is accomplished by increasing the foraging opportunities for the animals, facilitating socialization, conducting individualized well-being assessments, and implementing an Environmental Enhancement Plan (EEP), amongst other activities. The WNPRC EEP follows the recommendations outlined in the Animal Welfare Act and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The candidate will report directly to the Behavioral Services Coordinator, and will work closely with members of WNPRC Colony Management, Veterinary Services, and research staff.

Additional Information:

Applicant must be comfortable working with nonhuman primates and with wearing various required personal protective equipment (PPE).

A period of evaluation is required.

Must be TB negative.

Applicant will be required to provide written documentation to University Health Services showing one of the following: 1) receipt of measles vaccination; 2) laboratory evidence of immunity to measles; or 3) laboratory confirmation of measles disease. Individuals without the aforementioned documentation will need to have a measles titer within the first week of employment. Depending on the results of the blood test, applicant may need to be immunized.

Allergeries to animals must be controlled with medication.

Must be able to consistently lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds, sometimes at shoulder height; must be able to stand, stoop, reach, bend, etc.

Must possess a valid driver's license that meets standards of UW Risk Management in order to operate WNPRC vehicles.

Incumbent may be assigned to work at the WNPRC's central location on campus or at either of two satellite facilities in Blue Mounds or at the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR), near UW Hospital.

Weekend, evening, and holiday work may be required.

Criminal background check is required.


Rachael Buss
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Please click "Apply Now" to begin the application process. Please submit a cover letter and resume highlighting your experience as it relates to this position, referencing PVL 92212. You will also be required to provide three professional references.

Please note that WNPRC is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: Oct 5 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: Nov 2 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time