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Biological Services Unit Manager

Location: North London
Salary: £54,240 - £58,978 per annum
Ref: ALS 2036

Our client, a prestigious public research institute, is looking to recruit a Biological Service Unit Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing their Biological Services Facility and ensuring the highest standards of laboratory animal welfare within the appropriate legal framework.

This position is based in North London, inside of the M25.

Basic Requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in an Animal Technology or a closely related discipline or significant relevant experience
  • Home Office Personal Licence Holder and be able to train others in procedures and techniques
  • Excellent knowledge of the Animals Scientific Procedures Act 1986 Amended Regulations 2012 and EU Directive.
  • Proven track record of leading and managing an advanced Biological Services facility with high specification facilities and environmental controls
  • Extensive experience of day-to-day care and welfare across a range of animal species
  • Experience with Home Office project licences, personal licence application procedures
  • and the AWERB Process, including hands on experience
  • Fully conversant with transgenic technology including knowledge and experience of the breeding, maintenance and tracking of colonies.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide clear, decisive leadership and day-to-day management of the BSU including supervision of staff and interacting with facility researchers, ensuring legal compliance and best practice at all times This includes the direct management of staff with sufficient numbers to maintain the animals required by the research community
  • Ensure the highest standards of laboratory animal welfare within the appropriate legal framework, e.g. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2012 (referred to as ASPA), as well as ensuring that animals and facilities are available to research users as required and where practicable
  • Act as the Named Person Responsible for Animal Care and Welfare, demonstrating a full and up to date working knowledge of ASPA
  • Liaise with users to plan and implement breeding programmes and experimental programmes to ensure requirements are met, including organisation and allocation of staff to ensure the work is conducted efficiently and effectively
  • Provide the lead on all aspects of research conducted in the facility to all staff from both within and inside the unit. Must foster strong customer focus and relationships throughout the team.

Agenda and its clients only recruit people who are passionate about animal care and welfare, people with integrity who are honest and trustworthy and who have a great work ethic. To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment screening as an essential part of the recruitment process.