Canine Research Trainer

Pennsylvania, United States
23 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Jun 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, the School is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

The primary role of this position is to train cancer detection dogs, from imprinting to testing, on odor detection on a scent wheel. What sets this role apart from other trainer positions is that the end-goal is to utilize the dogs’ responses on the wheel in preparation for research purposes, so we are concerned with ensuring that there is consistency across training, so everything is as comparable as possible. Thus, the mindset of a research trainer includes thinking of the entire process of the project and across dogs, rather than only the trajectory of each dog individually. The full-time research trainers will be concerned with training the dogs to become highly accurate at odor detection, and maintain this, working with the dogs’ other trainers to coordinate when necessary.

The candidate is required to hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and have 1-2 years experience in both Research and Animal Training. Candidates must be reliable, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, proven problem solving skills and be able to work well and collaborate with others. Experience with data collection, data analysis and computer skills are essential. Preferred experience in canine training and hands on experience in research from inception to completion.

Cover letter required with resume.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.