Job Req ID:  112771

Animal Training Specialist

The Johns Hopkins University is seeking to hire an Animal Training Specialist who will be responsible for overseeing and conducting positive reinforcement training and socialization with a variety of species, including nonhuman primates, swine, and dogs. In this role, the ideal candidate will both train animals for husbandry, clinical, and research needs. The Specialist will advise researchers, students, and staff on best practices for training animals and reinforcing trained behaviors. They may also be required to conduct in vivo sampling for animals on research study. This role supports the work of the behavioral management program of Research Animal Resources at the Johns Hopkins University.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for training nonhuman primates and other laboratory animal species (e.g., swine and dogs) for cooperation with common husbandry tasks and clinical needs.
  • Conducting positive reinforcement training of nonhuman primates (macaques, baboons, marmosets) for cooperation with research manipulations and procedures, including intramuscular and subcutaneous injections.
  • Designs training plans, documents training progress, and effectively communicates program goals and progress to faculty and staff as needed.
  • Coordinates with veterinarians, behaviorists, and animal care staff to plan and implement training and sampling schedules for animals on study.
  • Monitors and documents the behavioral wellbeing of animals on research studies and in breeding groups.
  • Collecting in vivo samples from primates under sedation and voluntarily from trained, awake animals without sedation.
  • May be required to process, store and log in vivo samples after procurement, as needed.
  • Communicate, understand, and relay relevant research, behavioral and veterinary medical terminology.
  • Train students, researchers, and other staff on the basics of animal behavior.
  • Offer positive reinforcement training so that animals’ trained behaviors may be maintained when handing off treatments to other staff as needed and other personnel can implement their own training protocols.
  • Review and/or generate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as requested.
  • Monitors psychological well-being of animals and reports any concerns to behavioral and veterinary specialists in a timely manner.
  • Records accurate and complete documentation of data collection, providing regular reports of study progress to faculty and staff as required.
  • Maintains research equipment and initiates the process for equipment repair when needed.
  • Under the supervision of faculty, organizes, analyzes, and presents data from research projects and training activities.
  • 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.
  • Maintains regulatory documents according to internal SOPs.
  • Provides miscellaneous administrative support as required.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.


Skills, Knowledge & 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 related field.
  • Two years related experience working with nonhuman primates in captive setting.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of positive reinforcement training principals and techniques.
  • Experience training animals using positive reinforcement training.
  • Experience with nonhuman primates and/or experience with larger species.

 


 

Classified Title: Animal Research Specialist 
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Animal Training Specialist   
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB  
Starting Salary Range: Min $40,900 - Max $71,600 Annually ($56,250 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: 5 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Admin Research Animal Resources  
Personnel area: School of Medicine 

 

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/

 

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

 

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Accommodation Information

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit accessibility.jhu.edu.

 

Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/ and all other JHU applicants should visit https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/health-safety/covid-vaccination-information/.

 

The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

 

Note: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online until filled.

 

 

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/.

Accommodation Information
If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit https://accessibility.jhu.edu/.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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