Research Specialist/Behaviorist II

Req ID #:  202151

Hamilton, MT, US, 59840

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary


We are looking for a Research Specialist/Behaviorist II to join our Insourcing Solutions team, located in Hamilton, MT.


How will you have an impact?
This is the moment to use your talents and imagine those talents contributing to improving global health and peoples’ lives. In the RSB2 role, you can do that by providing oversight and/or behavioral management planning to ensure the health and well-being of all species at the lab, which positively contributes to the overall integrity of the research.


Why work at Charles River?
We offer an excellent onboarding program, internal career development, and competitive benefits!


What you will do!
As a Research Specialist/Behaviorist II, you will use existing regulations and standards while working closely with the veterinary, technical, and animal care staff to ensure proper animal care standards are maintained. You will research and review current literature regarding animal behavior and environmental enrichment, and use it to develop, revise, and implement current and future behavior related plans; as well as train animal care staff and other personnel in various animal behavior and enrichment techniques. You will supervise other technicians/specialists in the performance of activities involving behavior management, and you will develop and implement strategies for behavioral improvements to experimental manipulation.


In the Research Specialist/Behaviorist II role, you will maintain and track data related to social housing, exemptions from social housing and abnormal behavior; in addition to the design, development, and/or evaluation of enrichment techniques, devices, and strategies for enhancing captive environments. You will need to organize, distribute, and maintain inventory of enrichment materials, devices, and equipment; ensure availability of appropriate enrichment to the animals’ structural and social environments; and provide opportunities for species-typical activities. You will perform behavioral observations, temperament testing and/or compatibility assessments to aid in the socialization program; as well as determine potential social partners, complete social introductions, monitor progress, and make decisions regarding outcomes of introductions. You will also serve as the point of contact for the reporting of behavioral abnormalities/concerns; perform behavioral assessments in response to reports; consult with veterinary staff to keep them informed of reports; and develop, implement, document and track intervention practices/plans for reported behavioral abnormalities/concerns.

Job Qualifications


Who are we looking for?
A candidate that possesses a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences required; Master’s in animal behavior or related field recommended. At least two years’ experience both managing and supervising a laboratory animal behavior program, as well as management of NHP behavior management, required.


The pay for this position is $32.50 USD per hour (negotiable). 


If you are interested in contributing to the well-being of our communities, not only across the country but around the world, please join us and BE THE DIFFERENCE!

About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, veteran or disability status.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to [email protected] This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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