Research Technician II Position @ The Disney Lab

Specific duties – experimental

  • Assist in daily care and enrichment of macaque monkeys
  • Assist in behavioral training of macaque monkeys and run daily training sessions to maintain behavior for any animals not in active experiments
  • Train new lab members in the care and training of macaques
  • Calibrate and perform scheduled test of lab equipment
  • Routine tasks associated with care of anatomical tissue collection
  •  Packing and autoclaving for surgeries and surgical notetaking
  • Set up experimental equipment in line with existing protocols

Specific duties – administrative

  • Place and track orders at the request of lab members
  • Monitor inventory of standard lab supplies as order as needed
  • Document tracking, scanning, and filing of lab paperwork

Specific duties – compliance

  • Weekly testing of safety equipment (e.g. eye wash)
  • Maintain daily logs required for regulatory compliance (food, water, etc.)
  • Monthly log checks for USDA and DEA compliance
  • Preparation for regulatory inspections (USDA, IACUC)
  • Liaison with regulatory bodies
  • Monthly checks for expired drugs, chemicals, autoclave packs
  • Maintain required databases and paperwork associated with chemical storage, use, and disposal.
  • Serve as lab safety officer

Perform other duties incidental to the work described herein. 

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties for this position. Close work with the PI will be needed on a regular (usually weekly) basis to review lab needs and plan a work schedule.

Minimum Qualifications

Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.

None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Department Preferred Qualifications: 

Work requires a bachelor's degree in neurobiology, psychology, chemistry, biology, or similar science related field OR RLAT/RLATG.


A minimum of one year’s experience (part or full time) in a research laboratory or animal care facility. Individual undergraduate research projects with direct PI mentorship for course credit or work-study are acceptable, curriculum-driven group lab classes are not.

Strongly preferred

  • Previous experience working with non-human primates (particularly macaques)
  • Previous experience maintaining regulatory compliance


  • Previous experience conducting independent experiments in systems neurobiology

Personal qualities necessary for success

  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Responsible, reliable, and attentive to details
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • A commitment to a positive climate and diverse lab

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