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Open Date
04/09/2017 15:15
Close Date
24/09/2017 23:55
MRC Mary Lyon Centre
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MRC - 6
Didcot, Oxfordshire
Fixed Term
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time
Six Months

Overall purpose:  

To work with scientific researchers in order to look after the health and welfare of colonies of experimental mice. This work includes animal handling, daily husbandry duties and keeping accurate computerised records. All work is governed by the local Ethical Committee and the Home Office under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act. 

Main duties / key responsibilities:  

Main duties / key responsibilities: 

•           Checking the health and welfare of experimental mice

•           Possible addition to the cleaning and watering of animal cages rota

•           Addressing the welfare needs of mouse colonies

•           Maintaining cleanliness in the animal rooms

•           Computerised record keeping

•           Reading and adhering to SOPs and risk assessments 

Working relationships:  

Member of a team working under supervision of senior personnel 

Additional information: 

Must be able to work overtime to cover animal requirements


5 GCSE’s at grade C or above (or equivalent)

Good communications skills, attention to detail, genuine interest in the welfare of animals, basic computer skills and experience of working as part of a team

The applicant should be able to work as part of a team and work under the supervision of senior personnel 


Basic animal husbandry

Experience of works to SOPs and computerised record keeping

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 (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 MRC 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.

Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

This opportunity is closed to applications.