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SRA 2 NEX (SRA - NB: Bales Lab) - 11571

Company: University of California - Davis
Location: Davis
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Job Description:

Department Description

The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is an Organized Research Unit which conducts interdisciplinary research programs on significant human health related problems where non human primates are the animal models of choice. In addition to its major efforts in the area of research, the CNPRC is also committed to its missions of teaching and service.

Job Summary

Under general direction of the PI in the NeuroscienceBrain, Mind and Behavior Unit, serve as a research associate for a biobehavioral research project involving studies relating to the neurobiology of social bonds in primates. Duties include project coordination, physiological and behavioral data collection, maintenance of computerized databases, training of other personnel, and preparation of biological samples for assay. Apply technical and theoretical knowledge of animal behavior, behavioral assessment procedures, and laboratory work. Perform technical research and prepare technical reports, and perform data collection and summary. Effectively collaborate on research projects as directed by protocols and research goals. On assigned projects, manage data collection, entry and analysis; and troubleshoot, recommend, and develop new techniques.

Work independently in applying judgment and problem solving to assure project activities are conducted according to the project. Follow University, Campus and CNPRC guidelines in order to perform all tasks, and consult with PI on projects.


Salary Range

$25.41 - $40.88/HR.

No. of Positions


Appointment Type


Percentage of Time

Fulltime, 100%

Shift Hours

Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm


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- Performs diversified tasks the may often require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping or standing.

-Substantial contact with animals. Handle, move, and transport animals. Move and handle a variety of animals weighing up to 30 pounds.

- Position requires repeated movement, repetitive procedures, operating and maintaining equipment, and safely lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds.

- Perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level 2 and 3 conditions where non-human primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous infectious agents such as HIV, SIV, or Herpes B virus.

-Wear protective clothing for extended periods of time including: gown, lab coats, gloves, masks, face shields, and head covers.

-Use and disposal of radioactive isotope, hazardous materials and other environmental health and safety procedures.


-Measles vaccination or documentation of illness required. This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.

-Individual will work routinely with animal and specimens and chemical agents.
-Must perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level (BSL) 2/3 conditions where non-human primates may be naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous diseases such as SRV, SIV, HIV, STLV, HTLV or Herpes virus.

-Position requires employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious agents are present. In such instances, employee will be required to wear protective clothing for personal protection from infectious diseases and animals.

-Must be able to work irregular hours (early mornings, early evening, and/or weekends, as needed). Work occasional weekends and holidays.

-UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

-California National Primate Research Center employees are directly or indirectly engaged in the performance of work on Federal or State contracts and grants as well as periodically come into contact with controlled substances; and are expected to abide by the UC Policy on Substance Abuse, the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the State Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990.



-Experience in behavioral data collection using various sampling techniques and data collection methodologies. Experience to collect behavioral and enrichment data, and use MS Excel and Behavior Tracker to perform data evaluation and analyses.

-Technical experience in behavioral management of non-human primates with a focus on animal behavioral assessment and socialization enrichment management principles and practices. Experience in the conduct, documentation, and evaluation of animal introductions for socialization enrichment. Familiarity and previous use of analytic tools and exposure to new analytic methodologies used by professionals in the study of animal behavior and care management principles in a large biomedical research facility.

-Experience in working with nonhuman primates, which includes performing capture and restraint of nonhuman primates and collection of biological samples (blood, urine, buccal cells, etc.).

-Research experience working with titi monkeys and rhesus monkeys, ranging from infants weighing less than 1 pound to adults weighing 30 pounds, safely and in a manner that promotes animal welfare.

-Experience in assessing and analyzing normal and abnormal behavior in both indoor housed and outdoor animals. Experience utilizing formal behavioral observation methods and techniques to monitor, record and analyze social interactions between nonhuman primates in small indoor/outdoor cages, large group enclosures and smaller Corn Crib enclosures.

-Applied knowledge of regulations pertaining to husbandry of research animals including UC campus policy and procedures, USDA, ILAR, and AAALAC.

-Experience in scientific research support and data collection management, which includes preparing written summaries and animal protocols and demographics reporting data analyses.

-Experience assessing the condition of animals and making the appropriate judgment to determine when an animal requires veterinary attention. Experience in recognizing changes in animal physical appearance or behavior.

-Applied knowledge of USDA regulations and AALAS practices and protocols pertaining to primate non-human animal models.

-Bachelor's degree in Animal Biology, Animal Science, Psychology, Neurobiology, or related field and experience in behavioral data collection in nonhuman primates.


-Experience in scientific research support. Familiarity and previous use of analytic tools and exposure to new analytic methodologies used by professionals in the field of animal care management in a large biomedical research facility.

-Experience in applied experimental design and statistical analysis.

-Skill to organize data and prepare written summaries, developing animal protocols and demographics reporting and data analyses.

-Skills to communicate and interact with supervisors, veterinary staff and research investigators.

-Experience managing complex projects, where organizational skills and attention to detail are essential to meet operational goals.

-Animal Technologist (LATG) certification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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