Behavioral Management Technologist - Johns Hopkins University

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Lydia Hopper

Feb 2, 2023, 8:05:48 AM2/2/23
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The Johns Hopkins University Research Animal Resources team is seeking a Behavioral Management Technologist to support the behavioral management program. The Behavioral Management Technologist is responsible for overseeing and conducting positive reinforcement training, socialization, and enrichment evaluation with laboratory animals, including primates (macaques, baboons, and marmosets), and reports to the Director of Behavioral Management, Dr. Lydia Hopper. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Implements and evaluates social housing, environmental enrichment, and positive reinforcement training strategies with laboratory animal species, including nonhuman primates (macaques, baboons, and marmosets).
  • Assists with the assessment and monitoring of the psychological welfare of laboratory animals, including behavioral assessments and alopecia scoring.
  • Responsible for conducting positive reinforcement training of nonhuman primates and other large animal species for cooperation with common experimental and veterinary procedures.
  • Designs animal training plans and documents and communicates training progress and program goals to faculty and staff as needed.
  • Communicates, understands, and relays relevant research, behavioral, and veterinary medical terminology.
  • Guides the social housing of laboratory housed animals, including forming social pairs, assessing behavioral compatibility between animals, and monitoring the stability of socially housed animals in pairs and groups.
  • Assists with the design and implementation of enrichment devices for a variety of laboratory animal species. Assists with evaluating the efficacy of the environmental enhancement plan across a variety of laboratory housed animals.
  • Maintains accurate behavioral records, updating documentation in a timely fashion.
  • Maintains regulatory documents according to internal SOPs.
  • Maintains research equipment and initiates the process for equipment repair when needed.
  • Demonstrates professional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Informs faculty and staff in a timely and professional manner when problems arise with research plans or deadlines to determine solutions.
  • Manages multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Provides miscellaneous administrative support as required.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of nonhuman primate behavior and social systems.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is essential.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including both written and oral communication.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • The ability to work independently and reliably with minimal supervision.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of positive reinforcement training principals and techniques.
  • Previous experience assessing and enhancing captive animal welfare.
  • Some related post-undergraduate work experience.

If you have questions about the role, please email Dr. Lydia Hopper:
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