View Vacancy -- Regional Programme Manager - University College London, the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - NC3Rs 1001

Open Date
04/01/2019, 12:00
Close Date
01/02/2019, 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 animals in research and testing. We have shown that science and technology focused on minimising animal use or improving welfare can deliver benefits to human health, protection of the environment and business opportunities.

The NC3Rs is primarily funded by Government and has an annual budget of approximately £10 million. Its activities are divided between its role as the UK’s major 3Rs research funder and programmes led by its own team of scientists. Further information can be found at

A major goal described in the NC3Rs Vision 2015 – 2025 is to maximise support for the 3Rs within research institutions. To deliver this the NC3Rs, working with university consortia, is appointing Regional Programme Managers who will provide dedicated 3Rs advice at the project, laboratory and institute level. The posts are co-funded by the NC3Rs and the research institutions and are initially for a period of two years.

You can read more about the work of our Regional Programme Managers here.

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MRC - 3
£37,769 - £44,396 (plus London allowances)
Fixed Term
Full Time
Two years

Role of the Regional Programme Manager

The Regional Programme Manager will work with scientists from a range of disciplines and levels (including department heads, principal investigators, post-doctoral researchers, research assistants and PhD students), those working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (including project and personal licence holders), animal care and veterinary staff, and senior administrators (including those involved in governance and research integrity).

The main responsibilities include: 

  • Working with the institutions to identify priority 3Rs areas to focus on, including opportunities for the sharing of best practice within and between institutions.

  • Providing expert advice on opportunities to implement the 3Rs in specific programmes of research, including input into project licence applications, as well as identifying opportunities for institute-wide activities such as tissue sharing.

  • Fostering engagement in the 3Rs across institutions, including disciplines not normally involved in the use of animals but where there may be opportunities for multi-disciplinary approaches to the 3Rs (for example, mathematical modelling and materials sciences).

  • Collating existing 3Rs activities in the universities and sharing as appropriate nationally and internationally.

  • Raising awareness and disseminating the work of the NC3Rs, including funding opportunities, events, online training resources, publications and guidelines.

  • Maximising the dissemination of new 3Rs approaches developed through NC3Rs-funded science, including identifying local media opportunities as appropriate.

  • Organising workshops and other events targeted to local needs (e.g. dedicated training for PhD students).

  • Participating in the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body.

  • Encouraging 3Rs research and knowledge exchange, including fostering collaboration between departments, universities, SMEs and industry at a regional level.

  • Horizon scanning for research and technologies with 3Rs potential and connecting them with end-users, for example through the NC3Rs CRACK IT open innovation schemes.

  • Supporting implementation of a self-assessment tool for universities to benchmark their performance on the 3Rs.

Education, qualifications, training

A PhD in the biological sciences.

Work experience

Significant post-doctoral experience (typically three years) or other relevant experience in the biosciences sector. 

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

Experience of working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 is desirable. 

Experience of delivering effective scientific advice and support. 

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.

An enthusiastic, self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team.

Diplomatic with good judgement, including the ability to be discrete with sensitive information.

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

The Regional Programme Manager will report to Dr Mark Prescott, Director of Policy and Outreach.

Salary will be in the range of £37,769 to £ 44,396 per annum (plus London allowances), depending on skills and experience.

There will be no formal staff management responsibilities.

The successful candidate will be subject to security checks. 

The closing date for applications is 1 February 2019.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification.

Interview date to be confirmed. 

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.