Animal Care Technician

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 Feb 2022

About the position

We have a vacancy for a 100 % permanent position as Animal Care Technician

At NTNU, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, there is a vacancy for a full-time position as animal care technician Staff Engineer, code 1085, permanent position. The vacancy is at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience / Centre for Neural Computation (KISN).

The KISN is one of 20 institutes established by the Kavli Foundation ( ) and is one of 8 departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. For more information about the Kavli Institute,

The Kavli Institute uses rats, mice and zebrafish as research animals. The vacancy is related to the institute’s research facility holding rodents. The main tasks will be daily work related to the housing and care of the animals.

The work involves frequent handling of rats and mouse cages and associated equipment. The work will be done in collaboration with other animal care technicians and the facility veterinarian. The work will include work during holidays and during vacations following a scheduled plan.  

The position reports to the designated veterinarian.

Duties of the position

  • daily health inspection of animals, including notifications and proper action in case signs of disease or injuries are discovered 
  • cleaning of cages and associated equipment 
  • facilitation for researchers 
  • record keeping and documentation according to legislational requirements and internal routines 
  • maintenance tasks as needed 

Required selection criteria

  • relevant education equivalent to minimum bachelor’s degree. Prior learning and work experience relevant to the duties in the position may compensate for the education requirement. 
  • candidates cannot have known allergies towards rodents 
  • due to manual labor, good physical fitness is required. 
  • good communication skills 
  • good written and oral English language skills 
  • good written and oral Norwegian language skills, intermediate knowledge 

Preferred selection criteria

  • competence within laboratory animal science minimum equivalent to function c (taking care of animals) in the EU Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes 
  • experience with handling of animals in a research animal facility
  • candidates with competence within neuroscience will be preferred
  • motivation to complete a training course in laboratory animal science if such a course is not already completed 
  • flexibility and availability to work during vacation seasons, according to schedule 

Personal characteristics 

  • ability to work independently 
  • compassion and empathy for animals in a research setting 
  • motivation for routine work 
  • ability to collaborate with colleagues and other people at the institute 
  • motivation for learning new tasks and developing and optimizing hands-on skills with animals 

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Staff Engineer code 1085 is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 396 900 - 483 700 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria's in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

About the application

Please note that the application will only be evaluated on the basis of the information available at the expiry of the application deadline. Therefore, make sure that your application clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the criteria described above.

The application must contain;

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • name and adress of three references

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.   

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Veterinarian Siv Eggen, telephone 73598241, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Anne Karin Henning, telephone 95881805 e-mail:   

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via . If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. 

Application deadline: 04.02.2022

NTNU - knowledge for a better worldThe Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU. It was established as a Centre of Excellence in 2002, and designated as a Kavli Foundation Institute in 2007 ( ). The scientific goal of the Institute is to increase the understanding of neural circuits and systems along with their role in generating psychological functions.

Today, the Institute consists of the Centre for Neuronal Computation (CNC) as well as the Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits. In 2014, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to two of the Institute’s professors, Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser. The Institute is responsible for an international master's programme and is affiliated with a doctoral programme in medicine. Through our widespread network of international collaboration, we offer unique career opportunities.

For further information, see: .

Deadline 4th February 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Øya

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