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Animal Technician - Experienced (Full and Part time)

Wellcome Sanger Institute - Biological Sciences

In addition to salary enhanced pay through overtime, weekend and bank holiday working applies

Driven by the Institute’s scientific strategy the closure of the RSF is anticipated to be September 2021 with a run down into 2022 when transfer of employment or redeployment options may be available. As we continue to operate during this transition we are looking for experienced animal technicians to join us taking responsibility for the care and welfare of our animals.

We have opportunities for experienced animal technicians to join us on full time, part time and flexible working patterns.

Retention payments paid over the period to closure up to a maximum of £12,000 depending on start date

About us:

We have a state of the art animal facility providing a controlled environment for the mice, and fish housed within it using IVC technology.

Our state of the art facility provides

  • a dedicated animal barrier,
  • germ free and containment giving provision for the housing and utilisation of model organisms in research in breeding colonies and experimental groups.

Daily task and responsibilities of an animal technician 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
  • monitoring 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.

As part of the team you will be required to participate in weekend/public holiday rota (1 weekend in 3) to ensure we are staffed and maintained at all times. You will receive an enhanced over time rate during these periods of work.

Training and beyond:

We will provide you with all the appropriate training for you to fulfil your role as an Animal Technician and allow you to continue to progress and learn new skills with us!

Once you have the experience and have completed the training required, you could also be involved in setting up scientific studies and breeding animals. You may also train and mentor other animal technicians and trainee animal technicians.

What we can offer:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome Campus.

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children
  • and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Genome Wellcome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

To find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus, see here.

Essential Skills:

  • Institute of Animal Technology Certificate or equivalent
  • Experience in an animal facility
  • Awareness of A[SP]A and Refinement, Replacement & Reduction
  • Ability to keep neat and accurate records
  • Effective at communicating and liaising with others

Ideal Skills:

  • Holds a Personal Home Office Licence
  • Previous experience with rodents and or Fish and Frogs [GM an advantage] and assisting with 2 regulated procedures
  • Previous experience of handling and sexing offspring
  • Familiarity with Individually Ventilated Cages/Isolators
  • Experience of contributing to and following SOPs
  • Knowledge of relevant Health and Safety legislation

Other Information:

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. We are open and collaborative; we share our data, results, tools and technologies across the world to advance science. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at www.sanger.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and on our Blog

Our campus

Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, The Sanger Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges.

Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £20,000 to £25,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd August 2019
Closes: 20th September 2019
Job Ref: 83625
 
   
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