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Laboratory Animal Resources Manager

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Grade 6, 7 or 8; depending on experience and qualifications
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th November 2019
Closes: 1st December 2019
Job Ref: HD01650

About the team/job

EMBL is looking for a Laboratory Animal Resources Manager at EMBL Heidelberg. EMBL's Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) consist of 19 qualified staff, incl. the Scientific Head of LAR, two team leads and external veterinarian, and is divided to several organisational units providing service to EMBL investigators.

Your role

You will report to the Scientific Head of LAR and will be in charge of:

  • Managing the animal facility, which includes two Team leads and some fifteen animal husbandry technicians
  • Maintaining facility equipment and overseeing its reliable operation
  • Supervising and resolving animal care issues, including health control plan with dedicated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Supervising and implementing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for importation and exportation of mice to/from the facility
  • Assuring compliance with EU directives, national laws and internal regulations regarding animal welfare and act as the named Animal Care and Welfare Officer
  • Overseeing waste handling to ensure that biohazard policies and procedures are followed
  • Reviewing experimental protocols and coordinating operations with scientific group leaders, the facility veterinarian and the Internal Animal Care and User Committee
  • Organizing periodic training courses for research and other personnel in aspects of animal husbandry and animal handling
  • Maintaining facility records, including those related to animal welfare, safety, personnel training, controlled pharmacy, facility access, and facility environment

You have

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent related work experience in animal welfare science. Ideally three years of hands-on work-related experience in a managerial or supervisory role of a laboratory animal facility is mandatory. As our ideal candidate, you should be able to plan, direct, coordinate, and budget all activities of the animal facility. Excellent interpersonal skills, and have good communication and computer skills are essential. Fluent spoken and written English is required.

You might also have

Veterinarian qualification is not required, but it is considered highly advantageous. German is not required, but motivation and willingness to learn the language must be demonstrated.

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. Remuneration comprises a competitive tax free salary and benefits from the German Social Security Scheme.

What else you need to know

An initial contract of 5 years' duration will be offered to the successful candidate. This can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1700 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

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