Animal Technician - MLC 1539

Updated: 4 days ago
Location: Harwell, ENGLAND
Deadline: 04 May 2021

View Vacancy -- Animal Technician - MLC 1539
Open Date
20/04/2021, 11:35
Close Date
04/05/2021, 23:55

MRC Harwell Institute
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MRC Harwell Institute is an international biological research centre at the forefront of the use of mammalian models to study genetics and human diseases. Located on the Harwell Campus, just south of Oxford, it is nestled amongst a vibrant community of leading science organisations. We aim to advance medicine through cutting-edge research into the genetic basis of disease. Our research programmes span an entire lifetime, from embryonic development to diseases of ageing. There are over 300 staff at the Institute made up of research scientists, technicians, animal carers, and business support personnel.


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MRC - 6

Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire

£20,234 - £21,321 per annum, depending on experience (full time salary)

Fixed Term

Technical & Scientific Professionals

Full or Part Time options

Fixed term until 31.03.2022

Overall purpose:  

To work with scientific researchers in order to look after the health and welfare of colonies of experimental mice. This work includes animal handling, daily husbandry duties and keeping accurate computerised records. All work is governed by the local Ethical Committee and the Home Office the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.


Main duties / key responsibilities:  

  • Checking the health and welfare of experimental mic
  • Cleaning and watering of animal cages rota
  • Addressing the welfare needs of mouse colonies
  • Maintaining cleanliness in the animal rooms
  • Computerised record keeping
  • Reading and adhering to SOPs and risk assessments


Working relationships:  

Member of a team working under supervision of senior personnel


Additional information: 

Must be able to work overtime to cover animal requirements 


Equality & Diversity

The MRC values the diverse skills and experience of its employees and is committed to achieving equality of treatment for all. Our objectives are that all individuals shall have equal opportunities for employment and advancement on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities. The MRC is committed to the engagement and retention of the best possible talent and to creating an environment that  encourages excellence in scientific research through good equalities and  diversity leadership and management.


Corporate/Local responsibilities & requirements

The job holder must at all times carry out   their responsibilities with due regard to the MRC’s:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Equality and Diversity policy
  • Health and Safety policy
  • Data Protection and Security policy


Job descriptions should be reviewed on a regular basis and at the annual appraisal. Any changes should be made and agreed between the post holder and their manager.


The above lists are not exhaustive and the job holder is required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post. All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC.


Education / Qualifications / Training required:


  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above or equivalent


Previous work   experience required:


  • Worked with animals or in a capacity where a caring approach in the post is required and attention to detail is essential i.e kennels, care homes, working with young children



  • Basic animal husbandry 


Knowledge and experience:


  • Genuine interest in the welfare of animals
  • Good communications skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills (Email)



  • Experience of working to SOPs and computerised record keeping
  • Computer skills (Word and Excel)


Personal skills/behaviours/qualities:


  • The applicant should be able to work as part of a team and work under the supervision of senior personnel
  • Able to work overtime to meet changing demands
  • Able to carry out manual tasks such as cage changing



The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.
Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.
Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.
We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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