Research Assistant - Phenotyper

MRC - Mary Lyon Centre

Fixed Term until 31/01/2019

MRC Harwell is a multi-disciplinary, integrated campus, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), dedicated to research using the mouse as a model for human disease. Through the Mary Lyon Centre (MLC), Harwell offers specialist services to the life science, clinical research and biopharmaceutical industry and academic researchers. Our scientists and technical staff in the MLC and Mammalian Genetics Unit (MGU) include a wide range of experts in genetics, pathology, mutagenesis, transgenics and quality animal management.

The MLC offers a portfolio of services that includes all aspects of husbandry such as import, health screening, technical procedures, breeding and archiving. For the development of new mouse models we offer the latest technologies in transgenics and mutagenesis, supported by a pipeline of embryonic and adult animal testing. This includes imaging, histology, clinical chemistry, metabolic and behavioural tests, and pathology. We also host an internationally recognised mouse archive facilitating third party access to existing and novel models being developed at Harwell and other institutes. Our team has a long track record of delivering high health status, pathogen free mice for genetic and preclinical research.

We are looking for a mouse phenotyper to perform a comprehensive range of regulated procedures for the Phenotyping service at the Mary Lyon Centre. A range of clients use this service from large high throughput programs to single tests for individual researchers.

This includes both invasive and non-invasive animal testing, animal husbandry, data collection and data analysis.  Experience of vivo science is essential, along with the ability to work flexibly and to a tight deadline with acute attention to detail.

Main duties / key responsibilities:

  • Husbandry - Animal care, colony management, basic and advanced husbandry tasks, health and welfare monitoring.
  • Phenotyping - Performing a wide range of regulated procedures for both scientific groups and international phenotyping program; communication with external clients.
  • Data collection - Collating, recording and uploading phenotyping data into LIMS databases, spreadsheets and programs appropriate for data capture.
  • Data Analysis - Downloading, collating and performing critical quality control analysis on phenotyping data collected by themselves or other individuals. Interpretation of data using appropriate statistical packages.

For full details of this post and to complete an online application, visit and upload your CV along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for this role.  

Please quote reference number MLC 377.

Closing date: 18 December 2016

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