Our vacancies

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

Science-led and evidence-based, the NC3Rs is the UK’s national organisation for the 3Rs, established in 2004 to accelerate the development and uptake of new models and tools that replace, reduce or refine the use of animal in research and testing. We have shown that science and technology focused on minimising animal use or improving animal welfare, can deliver benefits to human health, protection of the environment and business opportunities.

Primarily funded by Government, with an annual budget of approximately £10 million, our activities are divided between our role as the UK’s major 3Rs research funder and programmes led by our own team of scientists. Further information can be found at www.nc3rs.org.uk.

Benefits

Choosing to come to work at the NC3Rs means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a generous occupational pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement.


Science Manager – Animal welfare

Grade: MRC-4a
Location: London
Salary: £29,181 - £33,755 (plus London allowances)
Contract type: Permanent (full-time)

Role of Science Manager – Animal Welfare

Improving research animal welfare (refinement) is a key part of the NC3Rs remit and we support this through funding research, developing online resources and publications, and organising symposia and workshops. Activities focus on specific areas (e.g. refinement of rodent epilepsy models) through to those which have a broader impact (e.g. non-aversive methods of handling mice). All vertebrate laboratory animal species are included in the NC3Rs animal welfare portfolio.

We also provide a dedicated 3Rs peer review and advice service to other bioscience funding bodies to help ensure that the animal welfare standards for the research they support are genuinely high and that the experimental design is robust. This focuses on reviewing research proposals involving the use of non-human primates, cats, dogs, horses and pigs.

The role of the Science Manager is to support our animal welfare programmes and peer review and advice service.

Key responsibilities

  • Facilitating the dissemination and uptake of approaches which improve animal welfare by organising workshops and symposia, developing content for the NC3Rs website, and writing articles for our dedicated newsletter for animal technicians.
     
  • Supporting the development and refresh of online resources designed to assist researchers and technicians to refine laboratory animal housing, husbandry and procedures.
     
  • Supporting expert working groups convened to identify refinements and generate an evidence base for changes in practice to improve animal welfare.
     
  • Supporting the review of research proposals under the NC3Rs peer review service, helping to identify opportunities to apply the 3Rs and providing advice to applicants and grants panels.
     
  • Keeping abreast of the latest scientific and technological developments that could compromise animal welfare or be exploited for refinement benefits so that the NC3Rs is able to respond accordingly.

Qualifications

Essential – PhD in a biological science, ideally with in vivo experience.

Desirable – A qualification in animal welfare science or animal behaviour.

Additional information

There will be no formal staff management responsibilities.

The successful candidate will be subject to security checks.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 25 February.

Please visit the MRC vacancy portal for further information, including how to apply.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter. Your cover letter must outline and explain how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification for this position. 

Interviews will take place on Friday 6 March.


Programme Manager – Experimental design and reporting of in vitro research

Grade: MRC-3a 
Location: London
Salary: £38,341 - £44,968 (plus London allowances)
Contract type: Permanent (full-time)

Role of Programme Manager – Experimental design and reporting of in vitro research

The NC3Rs has a long-standing programme of work focusing on improving the design, analysis and reporting of animal experiments in order to ensure that studies are robust and reproducible, contribute to the knowledge base, and avoid the unnecessary use of animals. The programme is delivered by a team of four scientists including this role.

Key projects within the of the programme include the ARRIVE reporting guidelines and the online Experimental Design Assistant (EDA). The team also works closely with the Centre's funding team to deliver the NC3Rs gateway, a collaboration with F1000 Research which provides NC3Rs grant holders with a dedicated portal for publishing their detailed methodologies and 3Rs impacts.

We are extending this programme of work to develop guidance and resources to support improved experimental design and reporting of in vitro research. This programme will optimise the reproducibility of in vitro studies and improve confidence in their validity to support wider uptake and the replacement of animal studies. Building strong relationships both internally and externally will be an integral part of this role. 

The main responsibilities of the Programme Manager include:

  • Gathering an evidence-base to support the development of reporting guidelines for in vitro studies.
     
  • Convening an expert working group and leading the work on developing the guidelines.
     
  • Collaborating with colleagues to develop and implement strategies to improve the design and reporting of in vitro studies.
     
  • Coordinating the dissemination of the guidelines and other resources and working with the scientific community to actively drive implementation in practice.
     
  • Supporting activities to measure the impact of the guidelines and other resources.
     
  • Organising workshops, symposia and dedicated communication materials to promote the uptake of the guidelines and other resources across the scientific community, nationally and internationally.
     
  • Supporting the NC3Rs gateway - working with authors during the article drafting process, including reviewing information provided on experimental design and articulation of the 3Rs aspect of the work. 

Qualifications

PhD in a biological science.

Additional information

There will be no formal staff management responsibilities.

The successful candidate will be subject to security checks.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18 March.

Please click here for further information, including how to apply.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter. Your cover letter must outline and explain how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification for this position. 

Interviews will take place on Monday 30 March.