Senior/Principal Animal Technician

Req ID:  221706

Portishead, GB, BS20 7AW

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

Do you have expertise in supporting invivo research and working with different animal models? 


Would you like to apply your expertise to provide technical expertise in a range of complex procedures for a leading Drug Discovery organisation? 


Have you got the desire to improve health and lives?


Charles River Discovery are excited to be recruiting for a Senior/Principal Animal Technician to join our Portishead, Bristol site on a permanent basis.


The Senior/Principal Animal Technician will play a leading part within team that conducts a wide range of in vivo efficacy testing models. You'll be hands on, working on a variety of client projects whilst working to ensure the team within the unit are trained on certain techniques and demonstrating best practice. This is an exciting time to join our team as we are expanding on our offering of disease models. This is a hands on, site based role, candidates must be able to travel to the Portishead, Bristol site daily. 


What you’ll be doing:
•    Supporting other technicians in ensuring a high level of animal care at all times, putting the animal's welfare first throughout the process.
•    Administering drugs (through a variety of routes) and blood sampling with due care and attention.
•    Taking the lead in carrying out surgical techniques as needed, again, in adherence to the strictest regulations.
•    Maintaining highly accurate records at all times, being a person within the unit that can help escalate any problems and manage day to day issues effectively. 
•    Work closely with other Scientists', Managers' and Project Leaders' on projects to ensure models are viable. 
•    Providing additional technical expertise to be able to strengthen the capabilities within the team and expand the services offered to our clients.  
•    Adhere to all health and safety protocols appropriately and to report any quality issues immediately. 

What We Offer You:

•    A very comprehensive benefits package from day one, including a large pension contribution, private medical for you (and can add family members), private dental care, critical illness cover, bonus and more!
•    Access to great discounts via our CREDS discount scheme.
•    Global opportunities and strong career progression.
•    The chance to work on several varied projects and liaise globally and nationally with other business areas.
•    To be able make a difference to health and wellbeing of people.
•    To continue your own career growth.
•    Parental leave.
•    Group Life Assurance and Group Income Protection.
•    Remote GP access 24/7.
•    Well-being support and initiatives.
•    Cycle to work scheme.


Skills and Experience:
•   Relevant Higher Qualification in Animal Welfare or similar
•   Holder of Home Office License; with experience of working with rodents essential. 
•   Previous Project Licence Holder or NACWO would be preferred, but not essential 
•   Significant hands on experience of working within a similar in vivo focused environment and on different disease models is also essential for this grade. 
•   Proven husbandry experience, able to care for and handle animals under SPF conditions 
•   Strong attention to detail with excellent communication skills
•   Demonstrable problem solving skills, able to adapt quickly and apply logic to make sound, rational decisions. 
•   Passion for animal welfare with a desire to maintain and enforce high standards at all times. 
•   Excellent time management skills, able to prioritise tasks as needed and work closely with management to ensure proper care is always delivered to all models onsite. 

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.