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Application of the 3Rs plays an essential role in achieving scientific excellence. The NC3Rs supports the development and uptake of new research tools and models with reduced reliance on the use of animals and/or improved animal welfare. Our activities are divided between our role as a 3Rs research funder and programmes led by our own team of scientists. Additional teams work across the office to support our scientific programmes.

We are currently recruiting for the following role at the NC3Rs:

Regional Programme Manager – King’s College London and The Francis Crick Institute

Grade: Band 3
Location: London
Salary: £40,016 - £46,643 (plus London allowances)
Contract type: Fixed-term appointment, 24 months (full-time)

Purpose of the role

The primary purpose of this role is to provide dedicated 3Rs support to staff at King’s College London and The Francis Crick Institute. The Regional Programme Manager will work with scientists from a range of disciplines and levels (including department heads, principal investigators, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students), those working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (including project and personal licence holders), animal care and veterinary staff, and senior administrators (including those involved in governance and research integrity).

Main duties

  • Working with the institutions to identify priority 3Rs areas to focus on, including opportunities for cross-institutional sharing of best practice within and between institutions.
  • Providing expert advice on opportunities to implement the 3Rs in specific programmes of research, including input into project licence applications, as well as identifying opportunities for institute-wide activities such as tissue sharing.
  • Fostering engagement in the 3Rs across the institutions, including disciplines not normally involved in the use of animals but where there may be opportunities for multi-disciplinary approaches to the 3Rs (for example, mathematical modelling or material sciences).
  • Collating existing 3Rs activities and sharing as appropriate nationally and internationally.
  • Raising awareness and disseminating the work of the NC3Rs, including funding opportunities, events, online training resources, publications and guidelines.
  • Maximising the dissemination of new 3Rs approaches developed through NC3Rs-funded science, including identifying local media opportunities as appropriate.
  • Organising workshops and other events targeted to local needs (e.g. dedicated training for PhD students).
  • Encouraging 3Rs research and knowledge exchange, including fostering collaboration between departments, institutes, SMEs and industry at a regional level.
  • Horizon scanning for research and technologies with 3Rs potential and connecting them with end-users, for example through the NC3Rs CRACK IT open innovation scheme.
  • Supporting implementation of a self-assessment tool for institutions to benchmark their performance on the 3Rs.

Person specification




A PhD in a biological science is essential.

Work experience

Post-doctoral experience or other relevant experience in the biosciences sector is essential.

A comprehensive understanding of the issues around the use of animals in research and a demonstrable commitment to the 3Rs is essential.

Experience of working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 is desirable.

Experience of delivering effective scientific advice and support. 


The ability to collaborate and effectively network with stakeholders from a diverse range of roles and levels of seniority.

Personal skills,



Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.

An enthusiastic, self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team.

Diplomatic with good judgement, including the ability to be discrete with sensitive information.


Proven ability to prioritise and plan workload to meet multiple and/or tight deadlines without compromising quality or working relationships.


How to apply

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 7 July.

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 should outline and explain how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification for this position. 

Interviews are due to take in July 2021.