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NC3Rs | 20 Years: Pioneering Better Science

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Thank you for your interest in working at the NC3Rs. Our work covers a wide range of scientific disciplines and technologies, and recruiting talented and committed individuals is key to delivering the NC3Rs mission.

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 approaches that replace, reduce or refine the use of animals in research and testing. The NC3Rs has earned a reputation nationally and internationally for scientific excellence, demonstrating that the 3Rs deliver benefits for animal welfare and new knowledge for improving human health, protecting the environment and generating business opportunities.

The NC3Rs is primarily funded by Government. It has an annual budget of approximately £10.5M. Activities are divided between its role as the UK’s major funder of 3Rs research and innovation, and its science programmes led by its own staff. 

Our current vacancies:

Programme Manager – In Vitro Research

Salary: £41,116 (plus London allowances if applicable) 
Contract Type: Permanent, full time

Reducing the number of animals wasted in experiments that are not designed, analysed or reported adequately is key to the NC3Rs mission. To deliver this the NC3Rs has long-standing programme of work focusing on improving the design of animal and in vitro experiments to ensure that studies are reliable and reproducible, and they are reported in sufficient detail to contribute to the knowledge base. This helps to avoid the unnecessary use of animals and accelerates the development and uptake of credible in vitro models that can reduce or replace animal use.

The Programme Manager role is part of a small team of four scientists (including this role) led by the Head of Experimental Design and Reporting. Key outputs of the programme include the online Experimental Design Assistant (EDA), the ARRIVE guidelines for reporting of animal research, and the RIVER recommendations for the reporting of in vitro research. The team operates as a dynamic and agile group, working collaboratively as well as individually on specific projects to improve the rigour and reliability of animal and in vitro research within the UK and the international research community.

The closing date for applications is Monday 8 January 2024.

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