Technician – Animal Sciences Research Team

University of Nottingham

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Location:  Sutton Bonington

£23,256 to £26,071
per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Sunday 07 January 2024
Reference:  SCI558223

Applications are invited for this post, based within the School of Biosciences at Sutton Bonington Campus.  

The successful applicant will join a dairy research technical team, providing high-quality, timely, high-quality technical support for feed trials taking place within the state-of-the-art dairy, which is part of the Centre for Dairy Science and Innovation (CDSI).

This role-holder will provide technical support in a wide range of activities related to dairy nutrition, environmental, fertility and other scientific studies at the CDSI and associated laboratories.

The role’s primary focus will include preparation and dispensing of feeds, use and maintenance of automated feeding systems, providing routine husbandry with calves, growing heifers and cows. 

The role will include animal handling, assisting in collection of various samples (eg blood, feed, animal fluids and waste) and automated milk sampling/processing. 

The role-holder will also be required to undertake laboratory analysis of samples such as drying, milling, ashing and chemical analysis depending on project requirements in addition to a contribution to health and safety. The role includes providing some training and supervision of students and temporary staff.

Due to the nature of the dairy working day, start times will typically be at 7-7:30am, however flexibility is required to meet needs of the studies. Animals will be fed daily when on study, requiring cover over weekends/holiday periods as part of a rota.  The role-holder would be responsible for completing welfare checks and ensuring that equipment is functioning correctly.

Duties will include (see role profile for further details):

  • Mixing of cow diets using the automated feeding systems at the CDSI ensuring their timely distribution (involves manual handling, recording and emptying refusals from feed bins etc).
  • Provide general husbandry and welfare monitoring to the animals undergoing and associated with research protocols, reporting to specific personnel. Completion of records as required.
  • Ensure high levels of cleanliness and good housekeeping with specific focus on cleaning around Hoko and RIC2discover feed bins and running automated feeding equipment. Includes regular routine maintenance, checking and cleaning sensors and diagnosis of faults to repair equipment.
  • Assisting with animal handling, weighing, restraint and other procedures. Complete monitoring protocols and records as required for example temperature, methane, animal measurements, assessing health and collation of data.
  • Undertake basic laboratory techniques, eg sample preparation, drying, labelling, aliquoting, proximate analysis and specific wet chemistry techniques, contribute to laboratory housekeeping.
  • Assisting in the supervision, induction and advising of students in the application of techniques and use of relevant technical/laboratory equipment and/or systems.

Applicants must have a minimum of 2 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications plus work experience in relevant role, or substantial work experience in a relevant role.

The post is offered on a permanent, full time (36.25 hours per week) contract, (working pattern to be determined on appointment via use of a rota). Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to [email protected]

Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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