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Animal Behaviorist



Alameda, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Science is developing technologies for a range of serious unmet medical needs. We are unafraid to take difficult technical risks, secure in the knowledge that with a clear understanding of what we are doing and with support from powerful modern tools, more progress is possible than might be immediately obvious. Regardless of role or team, the two most important factors we look for in a candidate are evidence of exceptional ability and the addition of positive energy to the group. As a small, early stage team in a largely unstructured environment, the ability to independently orient yourself to the problems that need to be solved and then follow through is essential.

We are seeking a strongly motivated Animal Behaviorist to join our team. The successful candidate will play a critical role in our research and development efforts by supporting our animal program and research by developing positive reinforcement based training strategies and ensuring the behavioral health of the animals. The Animal Behaviorist will work closely with our team of scientists to plan and execute experiments, and ensure results are communicated to the research team. In addition, this individual will also help the animal care staff with husbandry needs.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement positive reinforcement training program for NHP husbandry, research, and welfare
  • Develop and implement behavioral intervention strategies
  • Implement novel enrichment strategies
  • Maintain accurate records of animal training and behavior
  • Assist veterinary staff in clinical care
  • Assist animal care staff in husbandry and animal care

Key Qualifications:

  • Positive reinforcement training with animals
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to keep accurate records
  • Excellent communication and ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Comfortably lift 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with and training NHPs
  • Experience in research settings

Salary/Pay Range:

Science is required under California law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. We determine your level based on your interview performance and make an offer based on the indicated salary band. The base salary range for this full-time position is $85,000 - $100,000 annually + equity + benefits. Within the range, individual pay is determined by several factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please keep in mind that the equity portion of the offer is not included in these numbers.


At Science, our benefits are in place to support the whole you:

  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Flexible vacation and company-paid holidays
  • Healthy meals and snacks provided while onsite
  • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care and medical leave
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Science
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k)

Science Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work.

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Science will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.