Animal Technician

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 08 Feb 2023

Technical Services

The University of Exeter is the fastest rising, fastest growing University in the UK.  We offer you the opportunity to join a Russell Group University ranked within the UK top ten and globally recognised amongst its vast range of Sciences.

This is a permanent post, which is available immediately and is based at the Streatham Campus in Exeter in the in the University’s Biological Services Units (BSU).

Summary of the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the University of Exeter, with new facilities and a growing team.  The role-holder will be expected to perform animal husbandry of all species (rodents) held, research support and maintenance and ancillary duties in a busy animal facility.  They will also assist with administrative support and liaising with other teams across the University service to ensure service delivery to researchers.  The Biological Services team support world class teaching and research, all within the culture of care environment for animals. 

You will work alongside animal husbandry staff, students and academic staff. You will have experience in animal husbandry and have good communication skills, be well organised and proficient at maintaining accurate records to a level required by our licence conditions.

You will be expected to help promote a culture of care through the implementation of best practices. Opportunities for training will be available within this role.

This role will be subject to additional background screening.

The University of Exeter is a proud supporter of the Technician Commitment, a charter focussing on the visibility, recognition and career development of our technical staff. For further information please see our website.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).  

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City .

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 39 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Mr Matt Isherwood (

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