2 Junior Lab Technicians at University of California, Davis

May 03, 2022

Description Summary: The Bliss-Moreau Laboratory at the California National Primate Research Center is recruiting up to 2 junior technicians to assist in our work on cognitive, affective, and social aging.  The staff members will work with senior staff and trainees in the laboratory to carry out behavioral testing of rhesus monkeys for projects on healthy aging and early Alzheimer’s disease. Summer start date (ideally before July 1, but flexible).


90% Research, including but not exclusive to: Work with PI and Laboratory Manager by actively participating in and the academic research support of on-going scientific projects within the laboratory, which includes assisting with programming of experiments.
• Assist in the development of new procedures and methodologies; and design experiments to collect and analyze monkey tissue and assist with data organization and management of research data.
• Train animals to participate in testing according to protocols with the aim to carry out tasks related to promoting the welfare of experimental animals.
• Assist with the preparation and analyses of nonhuman primate tissues. Prepare relevant solutions, media, and buffers necessary to support the research.
• Assist with physiological and behavioral data collection with aged monkeys.
• Perform literature reviews associated with ongoing laboratory projects in addition to assisting with new methods and experimental design, data analyses, and dissemination of results.
• Prepare equipment and testing spaces for experiments, which includes cleaning equipment and testing spaces per each experiment.

5% Professional Competence, including but not exclusive to:
• Participate in investigator and group meetings.
• Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.
• Review research articles, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

5% University and Public Service:
• Train and mentor undergraduate research assistants in the lab on data collection, data management, and analyses protocols. This will provide a university service in that they will be actively facilitating the participation of undergraduate students in research activities.

Physical Demands:
• Perform diversified tasks the may often require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping or standing.
• Ability to lift and move nonhuman primates weighing up to 30 lbs. between their home cages and testing spaces. Ability to lift objects up to 50 lbs.
• Manual and visual dexterity to perform all duties with emphasis on attention to detail and the operation and maintenance of equipment is essential.
• Perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level 2 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 and shoe covers.
• Be able to lift and move at least 50 lbs.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Animal Behavior, Animal Science, or equivalent.
• Experience working with animals.
• Experience training animals to participate in behavioral tasks.
• Experience using MS Excel for data entry, upload, review, and maintenance.
• Experience following research protocols, and oral/written instructions with attention to detail.
• Interpersonal and communication skills to interact professionally with a diverse group of people including but not limited to investigators, visitors, veterinarians, students and staff.
• Knowledge of laboratory safety and proper use, handling, monitoring, measurement and disposal of biohazardous substances.

Preferred qualifications

• Experience working with rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) or other nonhuman primates.
• Experience utilizing formal behavioral observation methods and techniques to monitor and record social interactions among nonhuman primates.
• Experience working in physical contact with nonhuman primates.
• Experience using statistical software for managing data sets.
• Knowledge of rhesus macaque behavior.
• Experience manipulating and analyzing computerized records of behavioral observations.
• Laboratory experience processing biological samples.
• Independent thinking and problem-solving skills for research and technical problems.
• Skills to make the appropriate judgment to report when an animal requires veterinary attention, and to recognize changes in animal physical appearance or behavior.
• Ability to use scientific terminology effectively.
• Organizational skills to coordinate projects, summarize data, prioritize workload and follow schedules, meet deadlines, to accommodate changes in projects as the need arises, and strict attention to detail with high level of efficiency.
• Experience working in a BSL2 facility.

Application link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04873

For more information, please contact Dr. Eliza Bliss-Moreau at

First review on May 12, but application review will continue until position is filled.

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