Animal Neurobehaviorist

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Updated: June 16, 2018
Job ID: 213683
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Dayton, OH, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking an Animal Neurobehaviorist to support the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH in Dayton, Ohio.  HJF Provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NAMRU-D.  Responsibilities are to provide Environmental Health Effects Laboratory support.


  1. Work with a diverse team of scientists, including toxicologists, engineers, neuroscientists, chemists, psychologists, animal behaviorists and biologists, to accomplish the mission of understanding the health effects of operating in military settings.
  2. Utilize animal models to evaluate the short- and long-term health and performance effects of acute and chronic exposure to chemicals, environmental stressors and/or physical demand.
  3. Assist principal investigators (PI) and senior scientists with development and writing of research proposals, standard operating procedures (SOPs), technical reports, manuscripts and animal protocols for submission to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
  4. Assist and educate entry level Research Assistants.
  5. Perform neurobehavioral and neurophysiology assessments on animal subjects (unsupervised), to include the understanding and performance of many animal behavioral tests such as conditioned eye-blink response, forced swim, novel object recognition test, Morris water maze, open field, functional observational batteries and developmental tests.
  6. Perform statistical analyses such as T-tests, Chi-Square, Analyses of Variance, Multivariate Analyses of Variance, analyses of covariance, multivariate analyses of covariance, correlations, linear regressions, multiple linear regressions, and power analyses. 
  7. Assist with duties on projects outside of neurobehavioral studies, such as animal loading, cage washing and maintaining equipment, weighing animals, blood and tissue collection, injections, necropsy, generating purchase orders.
  8. Maintain neurobehavioral labs and instrumentation.
  9. Contribute to and assist with study schedule organization.
  10. Perform data collection and processing.
  11. Supervise Research Assistants as needed
  12. Perform other duties as needed.

Job Specifications:

The Animal Neurobehaviorist must have Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively in a team environment but also self-motivated and capable of working independently and with others. Proficiency in the use of common statistical analysis software, to include SigmaPlot, SPSS and SAS. Must be willing and able to work nontraditional hours such as evening, nights and some weekends during periods of data collection.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biological Sciences, or an area of study related to animal neurobehavioral research

Minimum Experience:  At least 4 years of experience working in a research environment involved in animal data collection.

Physical Capabilities:  Requires long periods of working in a laboratory setting and/or at a computer; may lift materials weighing no more than 30 lbs.

Security Clearance:  This is a Position of Trust.  Must submit to and be able to complete a background investigation.  U.S. citizenship required.

Work Environment:  Office and laboratory environment.

Supervisory: Yes, as needed

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.