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Research Technician


Leicestershire £25k – £28k
permanent Job Ref: 6856


A growing CRO has an exciting opportunity for an Animal Technician to join its In Vivo team. Your role will be to support the testing procedures contributing towards developments of treatments in oncology. To be considered, you must be skilled in animal handling and have an understanding of the Home Office Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

he Research Scientist will perform procedures for client and internal research in strict compliance with welfare, legislative, health & safety requirements and company SOP’s/ Policies.

Key Responsibilities   

  • To develop competency in a range of in vivo techniques (e.g. dosing via common routes, anaesthesia, post op checks, aseptic technique & reporting clinical signs).
  • Early detection of signs of ill health/loss of condition via clinical observations for prevention of premature decedents.
  • Understand the current expectations of Home Office legislation (e.g. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) for the care and welfare requirements for species housed
  • Support the system to ensure that a competent person sees and checks every animal kept in the approved holding area at least once daily.
  • Understand the culture of care at your establishment and who is acting as a mentor, coach and role model for all those who care for and use animals.
  • To be responsible for appropriate records, including helping the establishment licence holder to keep suitable records of the health of the animals (under the supervision of the Named Veterinary Surgeon); which animals are held, of the source and disposal of animals.
  • May support training on experimental procedures in line with current regulatory and/or legislative requirements and to agreed company standards and productivity.
  • To be responsible for the generation and provision of high-quality data production and reports to respective Study Directors.
  • Will participate and provide training in general unit sanitation, husbandry and cage washing to demonstrate linear approach to essential facility requirements.
  • To be an effective, proactive team member possessing a range of practical skills and demonstrating flexibility at all times.
  • To understand potential problems associated with the experiments and carry out solutions that have been discussed and agreed with the Head of Technical Operations and other team members.
  • To ensure that appropriate levels of sterility and barrier containment are maintained when performing duties.
  • Support the continual review of processes and procedures with the view to implement efficiencies.
  • To maintain SOP’s, working in association with QMS systems to ensure high quality is maintained.
  • Proactive up keep of personal training records


Skilled in;

  • animal handling & husbandry
  • welfare assessment (including the use of appropriate terms for the recording of clinical signs)
  • basic skills (e.g. dosing via common routes, tumour removal, terminal blood sampling & reporting clinical signs)
  • Accurate record keeping for legislative, regulatory and scientific purposes. Will be key in ensuring quality data provision to Study Directors.
  • Understand aseptic techniques.
  • An understanding about the work being undertaken and with the Home Office Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
  • Proficient in the use of computers including experience of MS office suite of programs and skilled user for LIMS System “Study Log”.

Personal Skills  

  • Attention to detail and highly organized.
  • Flexible attitude to work and fully capable of working with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritise effectively, manage multiple and varied tasks.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and to value the importance of teamwork.
  • Effective verbal and written English communication across the organisation
  • Demonstrated sense of integrity and confidentiality
  • Demonstrated accountability and responsibility for own work

Education and Experience          

  • Minimum of 5 GCSE-level education is required inclusive of science related subject. A-Levels or BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care (or related area) are preferred.
  • Any relevant experience of animal models (i.e. immunocompetent, immunodeficient).
  • Personal Licensee Holder (preferably Modules A to C)

Salary - £25k - £28k

Job Ref: 6856