View Vacancy -- Science Manager - Animal Welfare NC3Rs 1249

Open Date
29/01/2020, 00:00
Close Date
25/02/2020, 23:55

Science-led and evidence-based, the NC3Rs is the UK’s national organisation for the 3Rs, established in 2004 to accelerate the development and uptake of new models and tools that replace, reduce or refine the use of animal in research and testing. We have shown that science and technology focused on minimising animal use or improving animal welfare, can deliver benefits to human health, protection of the environment and business opportunities.

Primarily funded by Government, with an annual budget of approximately £10 million, our activities are divided between our role as the UK’s major 3Rs research funder and programmes led by our own team of scientists. Further information can be found at

Improving research animal welfare (refinement) is a key part of the NC3Rs remit and we support this through funding research, developing online resources and publications, and organising symposia and workshops. Activities focus on specific areas (e.g. refinement of rodent epilepsy models) through to those which have a broader impact (e.g. non-aversive methods of handling mice). All vertebrate laboratory animal species are included in the NC3Rs animal welfare portfolio.

We also provide a dedicated 3Rs peer review and advice service to other bioscience funding bodies to help ensure that the animal welfare standards for the research they support are genuinely high and that the experimental design is robust. This focuses on reviewing research proposals involving the use of non-human primates, cats, dogs, horses and pigs.

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MRC - 4
£29,181 to £33,755 (plus London allowances)
Full Time

The role of the Science Manager is to support our animal welfare programmes and peer review and advice service. The main responsibilities are expected to include:

  • Facilitating the dissemination and uptake of approaches which improve animal welfare by organising workshops and symposia, developing content for the NC3Rs website, and writing articles for our dedicated newsletter for animal technicians.

  • Supporting the development and refresh of online resources designed to assist researchers and technicians to refine laboratory animal housing, husbandry and procedures.

  • Supporting expert working groups convened to identify refinements and generate an evidence base for changes in practice to improve animal welfare.

  • Supporting the review of research proposals under the NC3Rs peer review service, helping to identify opportunities to apply the 3Rs and providing advice to applicants and grants panels.

  • Keeping abreast of the latest scientific and technological developments that could compromise animal welfare or be exploited for refinement benefits so that the NC3Rs is able to respond accordingly.

Education, qualifications, training

  • PhD in a biological science, ideally with in vivo experience. 

  • A qualification in animal welfare science or animal behaviour is desirable.

Knowledge and experience

  • Excellent understanding of the use of animals in research and a demonstrable commitment to the 3Rs.

  • Experience of organising scientific events and writing a variety of content for scientific audiences.

  • The ability to collaborate and effectively network with stakeholders from a diverse range of roles and levels of seniority.

Personal skills, behaviours, qualities

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Ability to identify, analyse and propose solutions to varied and complex scientific problems.

  • Proven ability to prioritise and plan workload to meet multiple and/or tight deadlines without compromising quality or working relationships.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a dynamic team.

Based in central London, the Science Manager will report to Dr Mark Prescott, Director of Policy and Outreach.

Salary will be in the range £29,181 to £33,755 (plus London allowances) depending on skills and experience.

There will be no formal staff line management responsibilities.

The successful candidate will be subject to security checks.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter. Your cover letter should outline how you qualify for the role and meet the person specification. 

Interviews will take place on Friday 6 March. 

The NC3Rs is an autonomous body responsible for setting and delivering its strategy and managing its resources. It is not an independent public bodyand for this reason it operates under the umbrella of the Medical Research Council (MRC), using some of the MRC administrative systems. A service agreement exists between the NC3Rs and the MRC. NC3Rs staff are appointed to the appropriate MRC Band and immediately seconded to the NC3Rs.

Choosing to come to work at the NC3Rs (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 NC3Rs 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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.