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Unit Manager

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,548 - £38,833
Ref: ALS 2130

On behalf of our client, we are looking to recruit a Unit Manager to manage the day-to-day operation of a transgenic rodent facility in order to support the client’s research requirements. The successful candidate will oversee all aspects of welfare, breeding and husbandry of the animals.

The closing date for applications is Monday 23rd July.

Basic Requirements:

  • Hold a Home Office Personal Licence and degree/HND in Biological Sciences and NACWO
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience in a senior position, and/or management experience
  • Experience in a transgenic breeding facility is desirable
  • In depth knowledge of all relevant legislation and guidelines laid down by the Home Office and other relevant bodies
  • People management and excellent communication skills

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the unit, train, motivate and develop a team of technical staff to ensure the Unit is appropriately staffed in accordance with Home Office requirements in order to provide an efficient service to research staff and other stakeholders
  • Ensure the security and health & safety of all those who visit and/or work within the Unit, through the design and implementation of policies and protocols ensuring these meet with the stringent requirements of the facility and relevant external agencies such as the Home Office
  • Discuss and agree project and research requirements with research staff; advising them in the planning and execution of experimental projects within legal guidelines. Co-ordinate work relating to procedures carried out by research staff; allocate adequate facilities and technical assistance to facilitate these
  • Ensure all activities associated with the provision of research resources within the Unit are compliant with DEFRA, SEERAD and Home Office requirements, including maintenance of licences and colony protocols; the purchase, movement & transportation of animals. To liaise, as NACWO, in the production of Project Licence applications prior to presentation to Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) Ethical Review Committee
  • Provision of technical support and instruction for research staff including establishing and overseeing complex genetic breeding programmes; provision of routine and specialist surgical and non-surgical techniques
  • Responsible for the management of the Unit’s budgets and for the purchase and control of goods and services, including the specialist purchasing of rodent and prescription drugs
  • Contribute to the development of policy, standard protocols and administrative practices to ensure that a uniformly high level of service is offered to all researchers within all facilities. Undertake project work or similar duties as required


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.