View Vacancy -- Animal Technician (Maternity Cover) – PNAC – Ares – LMB 454
There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology. However, scientific collaboration between the different Divisions is extensive. Scientists are well supported by excellent scientific facilities and by the LMB Operations Group which maintains the core infrastructure and services of the institute.
With the new laboratory the LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both new and established researchers. Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, thus creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.
To work within a small team, within an animal holding room, forming part of the larger team known as the Biological Services Group (BSG), whose aim is to support scientific Researchers at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB). Specifically to provide animal husbandry for laboratory mice used in medical research.
Main duties/ Key responsibilities:
• Daily care and maintenance of research mice within Individually Vented Caging systems (IVCs).
• Daily welfare observations using good attention to detail in order to check animal numbers and caging information and to report any abnormalities as appropriate.
• Ensure the animals have a continuous supply of fresh water and access to food supplies, including wet mash.
• Regular observations of cage cleanliness and change cage bases to ensure suitable environments for the animals.
• Maintain the animal rooms to a high standard of hygiene, for example; damp-dusting the surfaces, vacuuming and mopping the floors.
• Liaise closely with scientific staff, whose animals you are responsible for.
• Work closely to protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
• Ensure that Home Office Compliance is met in all areas at all times.
• Maintain detailed, accurate records of all activities, using both electronic and manual methods.
Typically you will be a member of a small team (normally 3-5 people), supervised by a Senior Technician under the overall management of a Facility Manager.
The ability to work as part of a team as well as independently is an important aspect of the job. In addition, the ability to form good professional working relationships, receive instruction and work accordingly is also important.
You will be based at the Ares Facility on the Babraham Research Campus. You may occasionally be required to work at the main LMB site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
There is an expectation that, when available, overtime will be worked. On average this will be 2 x 3 hour weekend sessions per month.
Education / qualifications / training required:
Essential: Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grades A-C or equivalent.
Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) certificate or equivalent.
Relevant scientific degree.
Previous work experience required
Experience of caring for animals.
Experience of working as part of a team.
Experience of working as an Animal Technician.
Experience of barriered facilities, including isolation systems e.g. Individually Vented Caging systems (IVCs) and flexible film isolators.
Working knowledge of Home Office Regulations.
Experience of using SmartLab or other similar databases.
Experience of following written processes and working to strict guidelines.
Demonstrates an understanding of working to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Knowledge and experience:
Creativity and initiative
Essential: Demonstrates good attention to detail.
Demonstrates an ability to work independently and follow instruction.
Acts on own initiative, but also has the ability to know when to seek advice.
Verbal and written communication skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Experience of good record keeping, both electronically and manually.
Desirable: Experience of communicating with Researchers.
Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:
Pro-active approach demonstrating commitment to animal welfare with a desire for constant improvement.
Experience of maintaining high levels of hygiene to ensure a suitable environment.
Understands the routine nature of animal care.
Excellent time management and sound interpersonal skills.
Commitment to undertake standard training programs.
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 means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers, as well as the chance to put the MRC 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.
Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.