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Trainee Animal Technician (12 month FTC)

Salary Range: £16,111 to £18,364 plus excellent benefits

We are looking for a Trainee Animal Technician for a 12 month FTC to provide husbandry and welfare care for the animals housed within the Research Support Facility (RSF). This state of the art facility provides a dedicated animal barrier and containment facility giving provision for the housing and utilisation of model organisms in genetics research.

Working as part of a dedicated team providing high standards of animal care and skilled assistance to our animal users, you will be responsible for routine animal husbandry, to include:

  • providing food and water for the animals and organising special diets if needed
  • carrying out regular observations and health checks
  • making sure that animals are clean, comfortable and behaving as expected
  • keeping up high levels of hygiene for each animal
  • controlling heating, lighting and humidity
  • monitoring the weight and growth of animals
  • maintaining high standards of cleanliness throughout the animal facility
  • keeping accurate records and inputting data onto computer systems.

Animals need care 24 hours a day, all year round. Our standard working week is 37 hours Monday to Friday however owing to the needs of the animals there will also be a requirement to participate in a weekend and public holiday rota (this will involve working approximately 1 weekend in 3) to ensure the RSF is maintained to a high standard at all times. Occasionally you may be required to work outside of normal hours. The work involves some manual lifting and much of the day is spent standing.

You will work within a team of experienced technicians and be supported by highly experienced seniors and managers who will provide on-the-job training and supervision. You will be expected to undertake and participate in suitable training programmes.

Highly committed and enthusiastic individuals, with less experience, will be considered and supported through their professional development.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Empathy with animals. Comfortable with handling and being around them.
  • Able to communicate effectively with a variety of people.
  • Able to work well as part of a team.
  • Able to follow a set of procedures, in both written and verbal form.
  • Able to keep neat and accurate records.
  • Good basic literacy and numeracy skills, GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.
  • Good manual dexterity

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of working with animals.
  • Computer literate to include use of email and data entry.
  • An appreciation of health and safety issues.

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), the Centre for Therapeutic Target Validation, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. It is an excellent environment in which to work and collaborate with researchers on campus and around the world and benefit from cross-fertilisation of ideas.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops. In addition the Campus is home to the Wellcome Genome Campus Courses, Conferences and Public Engagement (CCPE) programme. The CCPE programme delivers training and engagement focussed around genomics, its applications, and implications.  Its vision is to inspire a range of audiences both on the Campus and beyond it, and make the world of genomics open and accessible to all.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, a nursery, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date: 7th December 2016