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Reference code: 2294004Behavior laboratory Scientist - Nestle Purina, St. Joseph, MO, UNITED STATES





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This position is responsible for performing the necessary work related to the Pet Behavior and Wellbeing research program under minimal supervision.



• Conduct research aimed at improving our understanding of pet behavior, pet welfare and human-animal interactions.

• Develop and implement testing methodologies to assess pet preference of litter products.

• Develop and implement methods to study pet elimination behaviors.

• Develop and implement innovative testing methodologies for assessing pet emotional wellbeing.

• Investigate, develop and implement tools to collect and analyze pet behavior and physiological data.

• In collaboration with other business departments, develop animal behavior-based products and services.

• Function as a project team leader as assigned. Required activities include, but are not limited to:

  •  Providing project leadership for the projects assigned.
  •  Adherence to Company policy on protection of patent rights and intellectual property.
  • Ensuring all appropriate documents and project records are filed in the Central Project Files whether paper or electronic.

• Prepare written reports/presentations for further review.

• Support internal and external business communications about pet behavior and welfare.

• Collaborate with internal and external groups with aligned research objectives.

• Communicate internally and externally on project development and research findings.

• Knowledge of, and compliance with, the Animal Welfare Act and all procedures and protocols in the Nestlé Purina PTC PetCare Manual.

• Conduct all activity in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and all required Company policies and procedures.

• Travel as necessary.


JOB QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, and Knowledge):

• PhD degree in the area of Animal Behavior required preferably combined with   a Masters or Bachelor in the area of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science, Comparative Physiology, Psychology or other related disciplines.

• Demonstrated experience with research techniques, use of statistical analysis, and experimental design.

• Ability to work directly with cats and dogs.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Strong interpersonal interaction skills.

• Demonstrated project management skills with multiple projects/priorities.

• Good organizational skills.

• Proficiency with computer programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)




• Evidence of peer reviewed, published research.

• Experience in measuring emotional states in mammals.

• Knowledge of non-invasive behavioral research techniques.

• Knowledge of other languages besides English.

For more information please contact:

Marcy Wilhelm-South Email: