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Programme Manager - Animal Welfare (maternity cover)

Grade: 3
Location: London
Salary: £38,341 - £44,968 plus London allowances
Contract type: Fixed term one year (full time)

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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. We have shown that science and technology focused on minimising animal use or improving animal welfare, can deliver benefits to human health, protection of the environment and business opportunities.

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

Improving research animal welfare is a key part of the NC3Rs remit and we support this through funding research, developing online resources and publications, and organising symposia and workshops. Activities focus on specific areas (e.g. refinement of rodent epilepsy models) through to those which have a broader impact (e.g. non-aversive methods of handling mice). All vertebrate laboratory animal species are included in the NC3Rs refinement portfolio and the Programme Manager will be required to work with scientists, animal technicians and veterinarians from academia and industry to develop and promote opportunities to minimise pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm.

The main responsibilities of the Programme Manager are expected to include:

  • Keeping abreast of the latest scientific and technological developments that could compromise animal welfare or be exploited for refinement benefits so that the NC3Rs is able to respond accordingly.
  • Identifying specific areas of concern and leading the development of an evidence base to address these - this typically involves organising expert working groups, collating and analysing data, and preparing material for publication in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • Facilitating the uptake and implementation of approaches which improve animal welfare - this typically involves organising workshops and symposia, developing content for the NC3Rs website, and presenting at national and international conferences.
  • Providing oversight on refinement research awards funded by the NC3Rs, including through our CRACK IT open innovation schemes, to ensure that there is maximal dissemination of outputs.
  • Supporting the NC3Rs 3Rs peer review and advice service provided to the major UK bioscience funders, focusing on reviewing research proposals involving the use of non-human primates, cats, dogs, horses and pigs.

Qualifications and work experience

  • PhD in a biological science, ideally with in vivo experience.
  • A qualification in animal welfare science or animal behaviour is desirable.
  • Excellent understanding of the use of animals in research and a demonstrable commitment to the 3Rs.
  • Experience of reviewing research proposals and/or project licence applications.
  • The ability to collaborate and effectively network with stakeholders from a diverse range of roles and levels of seniority.
  • Experience of organising scientific events.
  • Ability to represent the NC3Rs at national and international meetings.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent strategic thinker, with the ability to identify, analyse and propose solutions to varied and complex scientific problems.
  • Proven ability to prioritise and plan workload to meet multiple and/or tight deadlines without compromising quality or working relationships.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a dynamic team.

Additional information

The successful candidate will be subject to security checks.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 1 August.

Please visit the MRC vacancies portal for further information, including how to apply.

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

Interview date to be confirmed.