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Research Support Specialist, Nonhuman Primate Handling

Pfizer
Groton, CT 06340
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**Position Purpose:** This position focuses on training colleagues in the handling, care, and husbandry of nonhuman primates (NHPs) and also serves as a subject matter expert and key contributor to the hands-on training program and handling of NHPs (ex: habituation, positive reinforcement training). The position will aid in implementing novel approaches and continuous improvement to nonhuman primate handling and aid in implementing and expanding our cooperative training program in NHPs at a GLP facility.



**Organizational Relationships:**

**Location:** This position is located at the Groton site.

**Reports to:** Clinical Veterinarian

**Directly Supervises:** No

**Working Relationships:** Daily interactions will primarily be with Comparative Medicine colleagues who handle and provide care for nonhuman primates and veterinary professionals involved in managing and devising programs involving animal behavior such as habituation and socialization. Interactions with Comparative Medicine Global Training and local and global teams relating to positive reinforcement training, behavior, and NHP housing is also expected.



**Primary Duties:**



+ Be a part of a team of individuals passionate about nonhuman primate care and behavior and integral to the success of the NHP acclimation, habituation and cooperative training/ positive reinforcement program by performing tactical components NHP husbandry and training. This includes training colleagues in key concepts of handling as a Subject Matter Expert.

+ Work with the CM Scheduler to schedule hands-on training sessions with CM Operations and veterinary technicians in applicable programs and techniques such as acclimation, habituation, and cooperative training/ positive reinforcement program, and socialization. Complete training documentation for trainees in electronic database

+ Work with veterinarians and Global Training colleagues to aid in the writing and revising of training modules and for applicable programs and techniques

+ Contribute to local/global teams in the refinement, continuous improvement, and innovative concepts in nonhuman primate and handling

+ Serve as a role model in human safety when working with and handling nonhuman primates

+ Set a workplace standard through leading by example, showing mastery of all husbandry and animal handling SOP's, regulatory guidelines and Pfizer policies.

+ Exemplify work-place standards, positive habits and behaviors to co-workers.

+ Interact with key in vivo research contacts to expand acclimation/handling/ positive reinforcement that meets study needs and objectives.

+ Contribute to operational excellence by the collation of metrics to aid in staffing and scheduling for NHP training, acclimation, etc.

+ Rotate occasional weekends to expand touchpoints for NHPs in training,to work alongside trainees progressing in training, and aid in study readiness of trainees

+ Maintain appropriate animal health, husbandry, or study-related records in compliance with regulatory and departmental standards



May be required to work under one of the following: the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act and associated Regulations and Standards, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Good Laboratory Practices, Public Health Service Policy and/or AAALAC accreditation standards.



**Qualifications**

**Educational Background:**

AA required, BS/BA preferred

AALAS certification preferred



**Work Experience:**



+ The candidate must be an expert at nonhuman primate handling and restraint, with a special emphasis in NHP cooperative methods and an expert at training nonhuman primates in novel approaches in cooperative handling and restraint (outside of typical pole/ collar carrying or hand catching).

+ Minimum of 3-4 years of related experience.

+ Experience working in a large, complex nonhuman primate facility (ex: national primate research center) is preferred.

+ All colleagues should have functional knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, and calendar management. Colleagues should be able to use on line systems such as time tracking and document management **.** (e.g. electronic medical records, SharePoint, Activity Tracker) **.** Knowledge and use of other systems based upon job function may be required.



**PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS**

Ability to perform repetitive physical activities such as: pushing and pulling racks of caging, lifting and moving water bottles, bags of feed and bedding, reaching, stooping and bending.

Ability to move 50 pound bags of feed and bedding and a Functional Capacity Evaluation may be required.



**NON-STANDARD WORK SCHEDULE, TRAVEL OR ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS**

Scheduled weekend working required - Will have to work weekends on regular occasion, may have to work one weekend day as part of standard schedule.



For this position you are expected to enter the nonhuman primate areas as part of your job responsibilities. A pre-hire requirement is either providing proof of measles immunity or receiving the measles vaccination **before** hire.



**For Essential Personnel**

This is an essential personnel role : Essential Personnel are defined as the staff who are required to report to their designated work location, to ensure the operation of essential functions or departments during an emergency, as determined by Pfizer, or when the business has suspended operations. There are some individuals who may be required to perform essential services remotely and those individuals will be identified in advance and notified by their supervisors, but in most cases Essential Personnel are required to be on-site during an emergency or suspension of operations.



**Sunshine Act**

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.



**EEO & Employment Eligibility**

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.



**Other Job Details:**



+ Eligible for Relocation support: yes

+ Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: yes



Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
Posted: 2019-10-10 Expires: 2019-11-10

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