Assistant Animal Technician - Full time and Part Time roles available

Req ID:  116411

Tranent, 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.


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Job Summary

We are seeking several Animal Technicians for our world class facility in Tranent. We are a progressive and close-knit team, working hard to ensure the safety of new medicines which target life threating and debilitating diseases. We are passionate about our animals, striving to provide the best possible care with a culture of continuous improvement.

We are looking for candidates who must share our commitment to animal welfare and have a strong desire to work with animals. In this role you will perform routine and moderately complex animal husbandry and clinical observations in a GLP compliant laboratory setting.

In return we provide all the training and support you need. A positive attitude with a good work ethic is essential, as we need reliable individuals with a good attendance record.

The following are responsibilities related to the Animal Technician position:             

  • Husbandry duties
  • Positive interaction with animals, including providing treats, fruits and vegetables
  • Participating in animal training programmes
  • Handling animals for procedures
  • Perform physical environment cleanliness and upkeep and maintain recordkeeping to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Basic recording and documenting of activities

The following are the minimum requirements related to the Animal Technician position:

  • Previous experience working with or looking after animals is desirable
  • Ability to work overtime including weekends and weekdays
  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail with excellent communication skills
  • Passion for animal welfare
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment

This is a physically demanding role and you will be active and on your feet for most of the working day.

The hourly rate for this position is £10.45 per hour which equates to an annual salary of £19,774.02. There is opportunity for career progression and salary increments at regular intervals. Overtime rates apply. We have part time and full time opportunities available. 

What you can expect from us:

  • A clear career progression with salary increments
  • World Class Training
  • Competitive salary
  • 8% employer contribution pension scheme
  • Employee Life Insurance equivalent to 6 times annual salary for pension plan members
  • Employee discount scheme – discounts across hundreds of retailers!
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Subsidized fitness lessons
  • Discounted staff canteen
  • Holiday buying and selling
  • Bonus opportunies

Profile and Requirements



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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 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 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. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

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