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Animal Technicians - 6-8 week summer placements

Salary: £16,502 prorated

Are you a student of biological science or studies into animal health seeking work experience during the summer break?

We are looking for up to 4 students to come and work in our Research Science Facility for 6-8 weeks between June and September.

You will be working alongside a dedicated team of Animal Technologists and will be working predominantly with mouse and Zebra fish. Your days will consist of providing husbandry, carrying out health checks to ensure the welfare of the animals is upheld and data entry to a LIMS system to ensure accurate record keeping. Training will be provided and there will be the opportunity to attend lectures on campus during your time with us.

These placements are limited in number and we cannot accommodate all requests. Applicants will be shortlisted to complete a written assessment and based upon the merit of their submission will be invited to an interview and tour at the Sanger Institute Genome Campus to meet the team and see what you will be involved in.

We will pay you a salary subject to UK standard tax and National Insurance deductions. However as a current student, if you have not had any other earnings in the tax year you are unlikely to pay income tax.



Start dates will be agreed based on your availability and will be throughout June, July, August and September.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Comfortable handling and being around animals
  • Good basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • Ability to keep neat and accurate records
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Able to follow set procedures
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of looking after animals in a work environment

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), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to the Wellcome Genome Campus Courses, Conferences and Public Engagement (CCPE) programme. The CCPE programme delivers training and engagement focused 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. 

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 Trust Advanced Course and Scientific Conferences programme and the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre. 

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:  2nd May 2017