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BRF Research Officer

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Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Short summary

The BRF manages several multidisciplinary animal facilities housing rodents, zebrafish, Xenopus spp., laboratory opossums and ferrets, with associated specialist equipment and areas. It provides a service to ~550 Personal Licensees using ~55 Home Office Project Licences and has over 150 staff.

The BRF department brings together a number of highly skilled and specialised individuals who contribute to the culture of care of animals in a laboratory environment.

Key Responsibilities

These include but are not limited to:

  • To provide excellent care, welfare and husbandry to laboratory animals including mice, rats, laboratory opossums, ferrets, zebrafish and frogs within specialist facilities
  • To comply with all relevant legislation, for example, Animals (Scientific Procedures Act)1986 and Health and Safety Regulations
  • To work within defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • To maintain accurate written and computer-based records
  • To perform culling and to carry out basic organ dissections
  • To apply and promote the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement)
  • To undertake general cleaning and disinfection of equipment and areas 

Key experience and competencies 

Full training will be given and post holders will be expected to participate in continuing professional development.


           Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Educated to GCSE level or equivalent and possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (including Maths and/or Science)
  • Respects and has empathy towards the care and use of animals in science
  • Can demonstrate contributing effectively to the work of a team
  • Has a desire to work in the laboratory animal technology field
  • Possesses good time management and organisational skills


           Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Previous experience in the laboratory animal technology field
  • Qualifications in Animal Technology
  • Holding a Home Office Personal Licence (PIL A, B, L&E1) 

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy. 

  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
  • The closing date for applications is 09/08/2022
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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