Research Support Specialist II (Behaviorist)
Job Opportunity at SoBran, Inc.

Posted on Nov 29


Location: Bethesda, MD
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4147287

Join The Winning Team…Team SoBran - We are an industry leader in designing professional animal care programs, managing animal facilities, and providing high quality technical support for laboratory animal research projects. At SoBran, we care about people. SoBran's success hinges on our employees. We maintain a professional environment and ensure that our people have the tools and training to achieve; and provide them with opportunities for learning and advancement. Our employees' individual talents contribute to our success! We thank you for your interest in SoBran. 

SoBran is seeking a Research Support Specialist II (Behaviorist) to serve at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. 

OVERVIEW:   Responsibilities of this position are that of a Research Support Specialist II (BEHAVIORIST) for the NIH, Laboratory Animal Research Contract (LARC). This description is not inclusive of all duties required to successfully complete the job each day. It is intended to reflect SoBran’s contractual obligations to the LARC. Employees are expected to complete all assigned duties each day.

The Research Support Specialist is involved in the daily operation of the behavioral management team. This includes identifying, observing, and managing social introductions and maintenance of socially housed animals including non-human primates. Training animals using positive reinforcement behavior and involvement in the implementation and continued development of the environmental enrichment program is also part of this position. This position serves as the subject matter expert in areas of research, behavior and training of multiple species housed in the facilities. There are a variety of other tasks related to the maintenance and growth of the behavioral management program that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. Being a team player is essential. Being able to think outside the box, and creative is helpful in the implementation and maintenance of the behavioral management program to enrich the environment and well-being of the animals housed on this contract. Involvement and familiarity with day-to-day activities, personnel and issues within the facilities is expected. 

Description of Duties:

  1. Socialize animals (NHP’s, canines, rabbits, swine)
  2. Perform scheduled routine behavior assessments on all laboratory animal species
  3. Perform assessments on animals referred for abnormal behavior
  4. Maintain animal records in computer database
  5. Ensure all animals receive environmental enrichment as designated by The Guide and SOP’s
  6. Create behavioral and enrichment plans for individual animals as needed
  7. Perform facility entry behavioral assessments on incoming primates and/or canines
  8. Develops and fosters effective teamwork with staff and management team
  9. Leads by example in ways that exceeds the expectation of the staff
  10. Uses imagination and creativity when seeking solutions to problems, considers the potential impact on other areas of the program
  11. Maintains and fosters good working relationship with clients on a daily basis
  12. Works with the client to provide resolutions to operational issues/concerns in a timely manner
  13. Understands and ensures staff follows all SOP’s and Quality Assurance Standards
  14. Reports all animal and personnel issues and concerns to the appropriate chain of command
  15. Assists in training classes
  16. Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned  

Schedule Requirements:  All employees are expected to perform their duties as assigned. The work day is from 7 am to 3:30 pm M-F. This position is designated as essential personnel. During a weather or other emergency the employee must report to work.

Required Experience: Three years of experience in the laboratory animal field working with multiple species, including non-human primates preferred. Experience with positive reinforcement training preferred. Candidates with comparable experience and length of service in companion animal practice may be considered. 

Required Education:

Employees’ appointed to the position of Research Support Specialist must meet one of the following standards prior to appointment:

• A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in one of the physical sciences, animal sciences, or related discipline

  Existing LAT certification and complete LATG within 1 year of hire/eligibility required.

Compensation: Commensurate with education/experience

Our commitment

SoBran, is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws. 

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