Animal Technician for MRC Harwell

The Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell (MLC) is located in an expanding science and innovation campus in Oxfordshire and is an internationally renowned centre at the forefront of genetics research. As the hub of the new National Mouse Genetics Network, the specialist facilities and capabilities of the MLC support a number of research groups across the UK to accelerate our understanding of human diseases, such as cancer, developmental disorders and neurodegeneration.

They are looking for an Animal Technician to work in the Mary Lyon Centre (MLC) team and provide high quality husbandry and experimental procedures to fulfil scientific needs. This includes working under Home Office licensing (Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act amended 2012) to carry out ethically justified procedures, and meticulous record keeping of all animal-related work, as well as ensuring that the needs of the animals are met in terms of clean cages, food, bedding and health checks.

Main Duties/Key Responsibilities:

Carrying out husbandry duties for genetically altered mice, including cage changing, weaning, breeding, randomisation of mice into studies and taking ear biopsies
Checking the health and welfare of mouse stocks and addressing their welfare needs
Attending meetings with researchers to update them on genetically altered stocks, and to discuss future projects and breeding strategies
Providing procedural services, this will include a variety of procedures such as dosing, taking blood samples, and phenotyping tests
Computerised record keeping
Reading and adhering to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and risk assessments
Working weekends on a rota basis

Salary: £27,600 - £29,325 per annum, dependent on skills and experience (pro rata if part time)

Closing date: 03/12/2023

Further information can be found here.