Animal Technician - PNAC - Biological Services Ares - LMB 1665

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Sep 2021

Fixed term: 2x 12 months posts and 1x 6 months post

Full time: 36 hours per week

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

Would you like to work for one of the world’s leading research institutes?

The Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is part of the Medical Research Council where scientists are using mice and rats in their research to understand biological processes at the molecular level with the aim of tackling major problems in human health.

The LMB Biological Services Group (BSG) maintains advanced facilities to house breeding and experimental rodent colonies. We aim to provide the highest standard of modern transgenic production services and experimental resources to support the future scientific programmes of the LMB.

You will join a dedicated team of approximately 70 staff, the majority of whom are animal technicians.


You will be responsible for ensuring that excellent animal care is provided and that high welfare standards are met.  Animal health and welfare are of paramount importance to all staff at the LMB and are essential in achieving valid scientific results.

What you’ll do:

  • Care for wildtype and genetically altered research mice within IVC caging systems or flexible-film isolators
  • Daily welfare observations of the mice to provide a full health check
  • Ensure that the animals have fresh water and food provisions at all times
  • General animal husbandry duties, including cleaning cages and weaning animals
  • Liaise with team members and research staff
  • Keep accurate records, both written and on electronic databases
  • Perform regulated procedures using a Home office Licence (if held)
  • Ensure high standards are met to comply with Home Office requirements

What we’re looking for:

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs (or equivalent)
  • A dedicated and consciencious individual who shows empathy for animals
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of working as part of a team

Additional information:

  • Comprehensive training programme
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Regular paid overtime at weekends

Benefits and training:

Working for the MRC provides a whole host of benefits including:

  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Benenden Healthcare Membership
  • Attractive Holiday Entitlement (30 days Annual Leave, 2.5 Privilege Days + Bank Holidays)

You will also have access to:

  • Employee shopping/travel discounts
  • On-site sport and social facilities
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology is a research institute within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  UKRI is an entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found .

Working for UKRI MRC provides a whole host of benefits including a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement (40 ½ days including bank holidays and privilege days) and Benenden Healthcare membership.  You will also have access to employee shopping/ travel discounts, on site sport and social facilities, as well as salary sacrifice cycle to work schemes and childcare vouchers.

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Closing date: 23/09/2021

Final appointments will be subject to a pre-employment screening.

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer who participates in the Disability Confident scheme.

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