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Senior Animal Research Technician

Requisition ID:  24684

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  14-Nov-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £27,131 to £28,762 with progression to £31,411 per annum


Closing Date: 29 November 2022


The Role


The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Senior Animal Research Technician.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of technical staff supporting the research activities in the School of Natural & Environmental Sciences, through the provision of technical support within animal research facilities, with specialism in livestock animal care and welfare.


The role holder will support the Animal Research Technical Team Leader in the management of designated facilities for Home Office licensed animal research, acting as Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer (NACWO) when deputising for the Team Leader, and accordance with the University’s policies, supporting animal research planning and delivery, and ensuring compliance of all animal welfare in teaching and research across the school. 


The role holder will also support non-regulated commercial trials within the University Farms and with external partner organisations as required within the scope of the role.
The role holder will also work alongside colleagues in the CBC, in the sharing of best practice in animal welfare, training and in support of researchers and students. 


We are seeking an enthusiastic individual, with technical/research experience and excellent organisational skills. The candidate must have experience in delivery of animal research activities and hold relevant animal welfare qualifications as required for Home Office licensed research.


For informal enquiries, please contact David Whitaker by email:


For more information about the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, please click here 


For further details about Newcastle University please visit our information page at: 


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The position is available immediately, and is offered on an open-ended full-time basis

We appoint on merit and particularly welcome applications from groups that are currently underrepresented in technical Professional Services such as LGBTQ+, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues and individuals who legally identify as female.


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.


Key Accountabilities

  • Under the direction of the Animal Research Team Leader (ARTL) you will be responsible for, the day-to-day care of all animals involved in research and teaching activities which full under the responsibility of the Animal Research Team. This will include ensuring compliance with all regulations and laws associated with the assigned work, whilst maintaining the highest possible animal welfare standards. Taking full responsibility for this in the absence of the ARTL
  • Under the direction of the ARTL you will be responsible for, the day-to-day operation of specific facilities or pieces of equipment. To undertake fault diagnosis, testing, repair, calibration and preventative maintenance on facilities and instrumentation under the roles’ responsibility
  • Be responsible for ensuring that any assigned animal work is conducted with the appropriate licence authority and that all necessary paperwork is in place before work commences (i.e. Protocols, Study Plans, Ethical approval, Competency etc.). Continuously monitoring activities to ensure they remain within the authorisation of the appropriate licencing and guidance
  • To be responsible for the disposal of hazardous materials according to standard University procedures. Ensure compliance with relevant safety procedures including relevant risk assessments. In conjunction with the School safety officer monitor compliance with all statutory and local safety arrangements
  • Under the direction of the Animal Research Team Leader train and advise staff and research students in appropriate husbandry, procedural techniques, and good laboratory practice to ensure that they are able to carry out their work in a safe and fully compliant manner. To provide relevant supervision and training for staff, postgraduate and undergraduate project students and, occasionally, for other technical staff using the facilities to ensure safe working practices are followed
  • Identify consumable and equipment requirements and initiate their ordering according to the School and University purchasing procedures. Keep financial records of any activities as directed by the technical team leader
  • In the absence of the ARTL take responsibility for administrative activities associated with their role, to include; processing Ethical Approval and Project Licence applications, advising staff and student about this process and making judgements about whether specific procedures full under Home Office regulations and thereby ensure our activities remain compliant
  • To act as Deputy School NACWO (Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer) for ruminant, porcine and avian trials, encompassing all associated legal and procedural requirements of the NACWO role. This may include liaison with the CBC or Home Office Inspectorate.
  • Set up research equipment in facilities to enable research data collection specific to the allocated program of works and where necessary, analyse the collected data
  • You will, under the direction of the ARTL, maintain competence in all regularly performed procedures and husbandry techniques, actively explore opportunities to develop new skills and competencies relevant to the post
  • Assist in supervision of other core and project research technical staff, to develop their skills, competencies, and personal development in the field of animal science, welfare and husbandry
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Substantial work experience in an animal husbandry, animal science work environment, with comprehensive practical experience, and a proven track record in the delivery of Animal Research Support
  • Working knowledge of Home Office legislation in relation to animal welfare and their use in scientific procedures and experimentation; and a good understanding of animal welfare needs, able to identify abnormal animal behaviours and posses a good knowledge of remedial actions that can be taken to alleviate suffering
  • Competent in relevant experimental techniques and the ability to train and assess others
  • Knowledge of specialised research equipment used on farm (e.g. gait analysis equipment, environmental monitoring devices, Flir infrared camera etc)
  • Efficient record keeping
  • Up to date and detailed knowledge of Health and Safety policy and procedure in animal research laboratories and associated animal husbandry faciltities settings
  • Good numerical skills and the ability to manipulate, analyse and present information for management use.
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines, with a positive and proactive approach to duties and diligence and attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changes in laboratory research priorities


  • Experience working collaboratively with academic staff


Attributes and Behaviour

Team-working (Self)

  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued.
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others
  • Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
  • Willing to help others and share workloads

Planning and organising (Self)

  • Works in a planned and structured way
  • Ensures that all activities are completed on time
  • Ensures that others know how processes and systems work
  • Set own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives

Finding Solutions

  • Looks at ways of overcoming obstacles rather than coming to a standstill
  • Keeps an open mind to alternative ways of doing things

Delivering services (Self)

  • Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Has a positive attitude for doing things better
  • Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
  • Co-operates with others to achieve targets
  • Strives to deliver high quality results
  • Is enthusiastic in getting job done on time

Embracing change (Self)

  •        Recognises the need for change and is forward looking. Promotes the benefits of change to others and regularly comes up with new ideas. Has the willingness to adopt new ways of working and to make improvements.


Qualifications (Essential)

  • Educated to HNC/D level or above in a relevant subject area or significant vocational experience, demonstrating development through progressively more demanding, relevant roles.
  • PILABC holder
  • Full UK driving licence


  • IAT level 2 Diploma in Animal Science and Technology




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24684