NIBSC Animal Technician - £21,595 per annum + pension + benefits

Operational Delivery
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We are currently seeking an Animal Technician to join our Biological Services Division within NIBSC.

With circa 1300 staff based in two main locations and peripatetically across the UK and abroad, we enhance and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices.


A centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) is a global leader in the characterisation, standardisation and control of biological medicines. NIBSC plays a major role in assuring the quality of biological medicines worldwide through the provision of biological reference materials, by testing products and carrying out research. Our expert scientists also provide advice on a routine basis and in response to emergencies.


Purpose of the role:

A member of the Technical Team working within the busy multi-disciplined Biological Services Division (BSD), which houses a range of laboratory animal species: to contribute to the in-vivo support service to NIBSC scientific Divisions which is necessary for compliance with the Institute’s activities for vaccine control, batch release, standards, and research and development.

All responsibilities are performed in accordance with relevant Standard Operating Procedures, Codes of Practice and appropriate legislation and regulatory guidelines, including:

  • Compliance with Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA).
  • Compliance with Quality Standard ISO/IEC 17025.
  • Compliance with local Health and Safety Codes of Practice.



5 GCSE (or equivalent) passes, including a biological subject  and/or IAT minimum level professional qualification or equivalent (NVQ, BTEC etc.) would be desirable or equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience


IT skills: familiar with MS Office (Word/Excel) and other common applications such as databases and document control systems.


Applicants appointed to this role will be required to carry out a Disclosure and Barring check and animal rights connections check in addition the standard BPSS checks.


For more information on this role please download the job description and person specification

Closing Date: 17 April 2017

If you need assistance applying for this role or have any other question please contact


Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.


Our process requires that you apply through our careers site, where you will be asked to complete your application and answer some competency based questions. Applicants are assessed on whether they meet any mandatory requirements as well as the necessary skills and experience for the role score and then scored on their competency answers so please ensure you have read these thoroughly and allow sufficient time. You can view the competencies for this role in the job description.


In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment on the basis of merit by a fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Rebecca Birs, Resourcing Manager,, in the first instance. 


If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission at:


Civil Service Commission

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