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NC3Rs seeking new Board Members

Deadline for applications is 31 July 2010

The NC3Rs is a scientific organisation which supports the development of new research models and tools with reduced reliance on the use of animals and/or improved animal welfare.

Established in 2004, following a report by the House of Lords on the use of animals in scientific procedures, the NC3Rs works with scientists in industry and academia, research funding bodies and regulatory authorities. Its activities are divided between its role as a research funder and the programmes led by its scientific team. It has an annual budget of around £5 million, receiving funding from the Government, the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and the charitable sector.

The NC3Rs strategy and activities are overseen by a non-executive Board chaired by Professor Ian Kimber, University of Manchester. The NC3Rs is now recruiting new Board members. Candidates should be senior scientists, well respected in their field, with a proven track record in relevant research; have a good understanding of the use of animals in research; display a commitment to the development of all three 'Rs'; and have a proven ability to exercise judgment in areas of science policy.

Applications from those with expertise in any of the following areas are particularly desirable; toxicology, pharmacology, physiology, neurobiology, animal welfare science, stem cell technologies, disease models, and systems biology. Veterinarians and others with relevant experience of laboratory animal care and welfare are also encouraged to apply.

Further information, including an application form, can be obtained from

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2010. Interviews will be held on 2 September 2010 in London.

Appointments to the NC3Rs Board are made in accordance with the principles of the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Appointments are made in a personal capacity.


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