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We are currently recruiting for the following role:

Programme Manager – Reporting of Animal Research

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


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. The NC3Rs is primarily funded by Government and has an annual budget of approximately £10 million. Its activities are divided between its role as the UK’s major 3Rs research funder and programmes led by its own team of scientists.

Role of the Programme Manager – Reporting of Animal 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 three scientists including this role.

Key projects within 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 F1000Research, which provides NC3Rs grant holders with a dedicated portal for publishing their detailed methodologies and 3Rs impact. Building strong relationships both internally and externally will be an integral part of this role. 

The main responsibilities of the Programme Manager include:

  • Coordinating the dissemination of the newly revised ARRIVE guidelines, working primarily with current endorsers of the guidelines (journals, research funders, institutions and learned societies).
  • Leading the development of tools and resources to facilitate dissemination and implementation of the guidelines in practice.
  • Building effective relationships and working with endorsers, both current and new, across the scientific community 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.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop and implement strategies to improve the transparency of animal research and the utility of data generated from in vivo experiments.
  • 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.


  • PhD in a biological science.

Knowledge and experience

  • In vivo research and significant post-doctoral experience, or equivalent.
  • Training and practical experience in experimental design and statistics as applied to biological research and specifically in vivo studies.
  • Thorough understanding of the issues around the reproducibility and transparency of animal and preclinical research.
  • Proven experience in reviewing scientific publications and manuscripts.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically, with the ability to identify, analyse and propose solutions to varied and complex problems.
  • Proven ability to prioritise and plan workload to meet multiple and/or tight deadlines without compromising quality or working relationships.
  • Ability to collaborate and effectively network with stakeholders from a diverse range of roles and levels of seniority.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Personal skills/qualities

  • Excellent understanding of the use of animals in research and a demonstrable commitment to the 3Rs.
  • Ability to represent the NC3Rs at national and international meetings.
  • Strategic and pragmatic thinker.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a dynamic team.

Additional information and how to apply

The successful candidate will be subject to security checks.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1 January.

To learn more and apply for this role, please visit the MRC vacancies portal.

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification. 

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 21 January.


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.