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Animal Technician (Husbandry)

Req ID:  40783

Tranent, SCT, GB, EH33 2NE

For 70 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.



We are seeking Animal Husbandry Technicians for our Safety Assessment site in Elphinstone, Tranent (close to Edinburgh).

As an Animal Husbandry Technician, you will join a dedicated team involved in caring for a variety of laboratory animal species, including dogs and primates, in a wide range of pre-clinical studies. You will carry out general husbandry tasks, handling and restraint of animals to support the conduct of studies. 

No previous experience is required, as comprehensive training will be provided. This role is physical in nature and would suit individuals with both a love for animals and an ability to perform manual work for extended periods.
You will be required to participate in the overtime rota, weekends & weekday evenings, for which additional payments will be made.

Specific criteria that you are required to meet include:

  • You will show a caring, self-motivated attitude to animal welfare and continuous improvement, enthusiasm, work ethic and eagerness to learn
  • Strong desire to work with animals combined with a high level of empathy and respect.
  • Ability to complete tasks to the highest standards
  • Accurate recording of tasks completed
  • Motivation to commit yourself to the demands of a busy working environment.
  • The ability to work independently as well as being a good team player

Successful candidates will demonstrate excellent behavioural attributes with a positive approach to their assigned responsibilities.

Salary for this position is £16,560, with advancement as part of a structured career progression scheme
Whilst this vacancy is suitable for people with no prior experience, applications from more experienced candidates particularly with a Home Office Licence, are also welcome.

Closing Date: 22 January 2019


About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

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 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 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. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

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 ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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