Laboratory Animal Technician

Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Administrative and support
  • Contract duration: 3 years (renewable)
  • Grading: 3
  • Closing date: 23 July 2020
  • Reference number: HD01767

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About this position

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1700 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) consists of several organisational units providing service to EMBL investigators.

Your role

Although full training will be provided to ensure the post holder is competent and confident in performing the assigned tasks, this is essentially a hands-on role in which you will be expected to have experience in the handling and care of laboratory rodents. Your main responsibilities focus on the daily husbandry and monitoring of laboratory animals maintained in IVCs under Specific pathogen free (SPF) conditions and therefore ability to work in a barrier facility with shower-in access is required.

The role holder will be accountable for either independently or as part of a team performing a full range of tasks involved in the care of various species of laboratory animals and their environment. Duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

• Adhere to EMBL regulations and policies on the use of animals in research.
• Provide basic animal care and husbandry to laboratory animals.
• Monitoring environmental conditions in assigned areas.
• Provide technical services to scientists who use laboratory animals for research.
• Assist with monitoring and maintaining EMBL in-house rodent breeding colonies.
• Keep accurate and up-to-date records.
• Participation in the weekend duty rotation.

You have

Current certification to work as a laboratory animal technician (or equivalent training). You will should be a careful and methodical worker keen to work both independently and as part of a team. High work ethics, reliability, attention to detail and flexibility are essential. You must have basic computer skills and be comfortable extensively using IT and communication tools. Good oral and written communication skills are key for a successful performance in the job; ability to follow oral and written instructions (SOP); ability to report issues in a network-like environment; awareness of working complexity and flexibility to implement changes in an efficient manner, etc. A working knowledge of English language is essential.

You must also have manual dexterity and physical ability enough for handling animals, supplies and equipment.

You might also have

• Knowledge of animal care requirements, including animal facilities and husbandry regulations.
• Basic animal biology and disease knowledge will be an asset.
• Knowledge of German is advantageous.

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family.

What else you need to know

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

If you feel you have the right skills and experience, please apply online submitting your CV and cover letter.

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