BRF Research Officer/Support Tech (Bank)

Responsibilities of the role include but are not limited to the following: To provide excellent care, welfare and husbandry to laboratory animals including mice, rats, laboratory opossums, ferrets, zebrafish and frogs within specialist facilities,to comply with all relevant legislation, for example, Animals (Scientific Procedures Act)1986 and Health and Safety Regulations, to work within defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), to maintain accurate written and computer based records, to perform culling and to carry out basic organ dissections, to apply and promote the 3Rs, to undertake general cleaning and disinfection of equipment and areas.

Key information

Job reference
Up to £10.85 per hour (London Living Wage).
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 15 December 2021
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BRF Research Officer (Animal Technician)/Support Technician (Bank Staff)

Reports to: BRF Support Manager and/or BRF Unit Manager(s)

Closing date: This role will close once we have received a suitable number of applications.

Contract Type: This is a temporary position on a bank (casual) agreement


The Crick’s Biological Research Facility (BRF) is looking for individuals to join their team on a bank (casual) agreement. Full training will be given.

The BRF Research Officer/Support Technician Bank Staff are responsible for the delivery and provision of quality essential support to the team. Working under supervision, this role includes carrying out clearly defined animal husbandry tasks, while adhering to legal frameworks, protocols and procedures.

The BRF manages several multidisciplinary animal facilities housing rodents, zebrafish, Xenopus spp., laboratory opossums and ferrets, with associated specialist equipment and areas. It provides a service to ~550 Personal Licensees using ~50 Home Office Project Licences and has over 150 staff.


These include but not limited to;

Animal Husbandry and Welfare:

  • Providing excellent care, welfare and husbandry to laboratory animals
  • Providing daily animal husbandry support to animals within specialised barrier systems
  • Undertaking general cleaning and disinfection of equipment and areas
  • Gaining and maintaining knowledge of relevant legislation, for example, Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986


  • Using equipment in an appropriate and efficient manner. This includes, for example, cage washers, robotic cage processing systems and cage change stations
  • Unloading and checking deliveries
  • Checking stock levels within relevant BRF areas
  • Delivering animals, stock and consumables between delivery points and BRF units in a timely manner
  • Providing daily support to the BRF, for example, by preparing cages, racking, water pouches, laundry and consumable supplies

Health & Safety:

  • Working to defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Gaining awareness and adhering to all Health and Safety Regulations
  • Maintaining the integrity of the barriers for areas working in and reporting breaches to the relevant people

Information Technology:

  • Maintaining accurate written and computer based records

Team Work:

  • Working as part of a team to provide support to the BRF
  • Undertaking general cleaning and disinfection of areas including toilets and shower facilities
  • Assisting with some animal husbandry duties within specialised barrier systems
  • Taking part in any other duties that are appropriate to the role as directed


  • Asking for information, guidance from relevant people to complete tasks
  • Reporting and communicating any issues/problems identified in the area to the relevant people
  • Conveying of information clearly to others within own team


Full training will be given.

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:


Qualification, experience and competencies:

  • GCSE’s, or equivalent, in Maths and English
  • Respects and has empathy towards the care and use of animals in science
  • Ability to carry out frequent carrying and lifting
  • Demonstrates contributing effectively to the work of a team
  • Is conscientious and reliable in undertaking the job and wants to do well
  • Ability to work under light supervision and organise own tasks on a daily basis
  • Good time keeping skills
  • Good written and communication skills
  • Proactive in the workplace
  • Ability to comply with Crick policy and procedures


Qualification, experience and competencies:

  • Previous experience of working in this field