Animal Husbandry Technician

University of Exeter - Technical Services

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. Fifty percent of our organisation is made up of Professional Services support staff that partner closely with the Academic colleges to ensure we achieve our strategy and vision.

Technical Services at the University of Exeter is comprised of STEMM-facing research and teaching technical staff. Whilst all operating in a single service our staff work in a wide range of specialist areas such as, Engineering, Physics, Geology, Mining and Minerals, Renewable Energy, Life and Environmental Science, Sports and Health Science, Medical Sciences and Medical Imaging.

This full time role is available from 1st October 2017 for two years and will support the work of Professor Gáspár Jékely. You will be responsible for the maintenance of the aquarium facility of the marine annelid Platynereis and for related technical support.

The post will include the feeding, breeding, cleaning, and general maintenance of an established Platynereis breeding culture located in a dedicated facility at the Aquatic Resource Centre at the University of Exeter. You will also perform zygote microinjections, tissue collection for genotyping of strains, genetic crosses, and related tasks.

You should already have prior experience in the maintenance of aquatic organisms and will possess a relevant qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. You will have very good dexterity also to manipulate complex instruments and tiny specimens. Prior experience with microinjection is a plus as is a basic understanding of Mendelian genetics and genetic crossing.

We offer a wide range of benefits which can be found here http://www.exeter.ac.uk/working/prospective/benefits/, and include, generous holiday entitlement, pension, on-site gym and continuous investment in your personal and professional development (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/departments/technicalservices/)

For further information please contact Professor Gáspár Jékely at g.jekely@exeter.ac.uk

Our women in HE work extends the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and the Gender Equality Charter Mark to all roles in the University. We are committed to bringing the best development experience to women, and men, at all stages of their careers as well as being passionate about promoting careers for women in science to encourage them to reach their full potential.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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