Technical Manager of Bioresource Unit

University of Reading - Technical Services

We are seeking an experienced technician to join our team in this central University facility, presenting an excellent opportunity for a motivated technician to fulfil their potential. You will deputise for the Technical Head to help provide management of a team of research facility animal technicians, to deliver and continue to develop high quality research facility support that meets the evolving needs of customers. You will take on the role of Named Training and Competency Officer for the facility with the aim to develop and implement robust training schedules compliant with the legislation.

Duties will include:

  • To deputise for the Technical Head who, is responsible for the BRU research facility that supports the needs of students, researchers, commercial clients and teaching as required.
  • To carry out the statutory role of a Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer.
  • Undertaking the statutory duties of the Named Training and Competency Officer (NTCO).
  • Responsible for ensuring that all those dealing with animals are adequately educated, trained and supervised until they are competent.
  • Auditing the education, training, supervision and competency provision and processes being undertaken to ensure legislative compliance.
  • To ensure that University Health and Safety Guidelines are disseminated and implemented.

You will have:

  • Skill level equivalent to achievement of a professional qualification e.g. National Diploma in Animal Care, HNC or MIAT in Animal Technology.
  • Significant practical knowledge of laboratory rodents, breeding colonies, IVCs, quality assurance requirements and barrier systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of a wide range of animal procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge to identify gaps in health and safety and quality compliance and implement solutions.
  • Ability to liaise with colleagues internally to develop and establish long term relationships Ability to monitor and maintain excellent service provision with aptitude to identify and fill gaps and shortfalls in a timely fashion.
  • Home Office Licence.

Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Associate Director
Contact name: James Magee
Contact phone: 0118 378 8729
Contact email:

Interview Date: 9th February 2018

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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