Salary: £38,341 - £44,968 (plus London allowances)
Fixed Term: 1 Year
Research Institute / Unit Information
Science-led and evidence-based, the NC3Rs is the UK’s national organisation for the 3Rs, established in 2004 to accelerate the development and uptake of new models and tools that replace, reduce or refine the use of animal in research and testing. We have shown that science and technology focused on minimising animal use or improving animal welfare, can deliver benefits to human health, protection of the environment and business opportunities.
Improving research animal welfare is a key part of the NC3Rs remit and we support this through funding research, developing online resources and publications, and organising symposia and workshops. Activities focus on specific areas (e.g. refinement of rodent epilepsy models) through to those which have a broader impact (e.g. non-aversive methods of handling mice). All vertebrate laboratory animal species are included in the NC3Rs refinement portfolio and the Programme Manager will be required to work with scientists, animal technicians and veterinarians from academia and industry to develop and promote opportunities to minimise pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm.
The main responsibilities of the Programme Manager are expected to include:
Keeping abreast of the latest scientific and technological developments that could compromise animal welfare or be exploited for refinement benefits so that the NC3Rs is able to respond accordingly.
Identifying specific areas of concern and leading the development of an evidence base to address these - this typically involves organising expert working groups, collating and analysing data, and preparing material for publication in the peer-reviewed literature.
Facilitating the uptake and implementation of approaches which improve animal welfare – this typically involves organising workshops and symposia, developing content for the NC3Rs website, and presenting at national and international conferences.
Providing oversight on refinement research awards funded by the NC3Rs, including through our CRACK IT open innovation schemes, to ensure that there is maximal dissemination of outputs.
Supporting the NC3Rs 3Rs peer review and advice service provided to the major UK bioscience funders, focusing on reviewing research proposals involving the use of non-human primates, cats, dogs, horses and pigs.