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Animal Care Technician

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £19,623 with progressioon to £21,686per annum, pro rata
  • REF: 13242
  • Closes: 30th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Part Time

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.

Salary: £19,623 with progressioon to £21,686per annum, pro rata

Closing Date: 30 November 2021

The Role

The University’s Vision and Strategy sets out an ambitious and exciting journey, to be a people focused, world-leading university that harnesses academic excellence, innovation and creativity to advance knowledge and provide benefits to individuals, to organisations and to society as a whole.

You will be located in the Comparative Biology Centre (CBC), Newcastle University’s facilities for all research work which involved the use of laboratory animals. Newcastle University has a policy of using animals in research only if there are no realistic alternatives and in projects of major importance. UK standards of care are among the highest in the world, and we strictly enforce them.

You will play an active and engaging role within the CBC team providing excellent technical support and customer service to research groups utilising CBC facilities and services. They will be prepared to work with multiple species and ensure the highest level of animal care and welfare standards are upheld. They will be open to embracing change, continued professional and personal development.

This appointment is subject to receipt of a satisfactory security screening check.You will be contacted by our provider, Horus Online Screening Service (HOSS), to request permission to facilitate these checks. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire and upload identification as part of this process.

Newcastle University’s policy on animal research can be found here:https://www.ncl.ac.uk/research/researchgovernance/animal/

This is a part time position available for 14.8 hours per week.

For informal enquiries contact Heather Crawford at heather.crawford@ncl.ac.uk

Key Accountabilities

  • General animal husbandry including, care and feeding of animals to the highest of industrial standards and maintenance of resources.
  • Assist, support and communicate with research groups, peers and senior technical team staff. This may include working in any of the designated areas including theatres and service area.
  • Provision of excellent customer service for all stakeholders.
  • Hold a personal licence under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act and competently carry out regulated procedures, where appropriate.
  • Pre and post-operative care of animals, including appropriate recording.
  • Flexible to work outside of normal core hours when required to cover departmental needs. In addition participation in weekend and holiday rotas.
  • To support both staff and student teaching and learning activities through the demonstration of standard equipment and techniques.
  • Read, understand and refer to study plans in order to effectively support related activity. Follow protocols, working practices and risk assessments- ensuring a safe working environment is maintained and high standards of animal welfare are maintained.
  • Support theatres as and when required.
  • As a team member, uphold the security and biosecurity of the department at all times.

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Relevant experience in similar environment, demonstrating good animal handling skills
  • Good written, oral and communication skills
  • Ability to use computers including email, calendars and Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act and other relevant Home Office legislation (Desirable)
  • Understanding of Health and Safety regulations (Desirable)
  • Holds PILAB or has completed modules (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of abnormal behaviours or sickness in animals (Desirable)
  • Experience of customer service provision (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour


  • Gets involved with team tasks
  • Willing to help others and share workloads
  • Supportive of team decisions
  • Talks about other team members in a positive way Respects the value that different views bring to the team

Delivering services

  • Sees other departments and colleagues as “customers” and follows through on their enquiries and requests
  • Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
  • Co-operates with others in achieving targets
  • Has a positive attitude for doing things better
  • Strives to deliver high quality results
  • Is enthusiastic in getting the job done on time

Embracing change

  • Accepts change and “runs” with it
  • Builds on others’ ideas and suggestions
  • Willing to change ways and policies in light of new information
  • Understanding others
  • Makes time to listen
  • Clarifies understanding of others to avoid misinterpretation
  • Recognises emotion in other peoples’ reactions
  • Adapts own response to take into account cultural differences, behaviours and perspectives


  • Minimum 5 GCSE A-C or equivalent
  • Gained or working towards IAT level 2 Diploma in Lab Animal Science and Technology (Desirable)
  • Other

Successful Candidate Information:

Appointment is subject to Occupational Health Pre-Placement check.
You will be contacted by our Occupational Health team to arrange laboratory animal/bird and insect checks.

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.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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