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Zebrafish Advanced Animal Technologist

King's College London

Location: London
Salary: £36,532 to £41,299 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 20th November 2023
Closes: 14th December 2023
Job Ref: 079248
 

Closing date: 14 December 2023

Job description

Biological Services provide facilities, services, and advice for all research scientists within King's College London who need to carry out research using animals. Such work is ethically reviewed, carefully regulated, and kept to a minimum within the overall objectives of advancing knowledge in biomedical research. Alternatives to research involving animals are always used where possible. The post holder will work as part of a dedicated team, alongside skilled professionals committed to finding new cures for major diseases. They will support the unit management in the smooth running of the facility, engendering a culture of care within the unit and providing an excellent level of service in support of scientific research at King’s. Key responsibilities will include the maintenance, care, and welfare of animals, ensuring compliance with Home Office regulations and the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, as well as liaising with academic and research staff that use the facility, to ensure that appropriate services are offered and to assist in the provision of those services. The post holder will be responsible for the supervision of trainee and animal technicians in the absence of senior unit management and will need a flexible approach to work and be able to work independently and under supervision, as required, following appropriate training. The individual must be willing to make use of IT systems to ensure accurate record keeping.  

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract. 

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria  

  • In depth knowledge of Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act. 
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety legislation. 
  • Qualification in animal technology to MIAT/level 3. An equivalent qualification or experience may be considered.   
  • Experience of breeding techniques, anaesthesia, euthanasia, removal of body fluids, etc. 
  • Understanding of the principles and methods of biosecurity and containment. 
  • Significant experience of working in a biological services facility. 
  • Ability to work under pressure in a busy and demanding environment. 
  • Willingness to work in any unit on any campus as directed. 
  • Ability to train and supervise junior staff. 
  • Comprehensive computer skills 
  • Commitment to a career in animal technology. 
  • Commitment to continuing professional development (CPD). 

Desirable criteria

  • Degree in biological or related subject. 
  • Registered Animal Technologist (RAnTech) or similar professional registration. 
  • Training in supervisory management skills. 
  • Experience of staff supervision and management. 
  • Experimental procedures experience on cryopreservation.  

Further information

This post is subject to Occupational Health clearance.

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