Study Sample Collector and Co-coordinator (Idiopathic Epilepsy in dogs)

Salary: £20,109 - £21,315 pro rata

Closing date: 1st March 2019

18 months fixed term (in the first instance), 17.5 hours per week

The Animal Health Trust is a leading charity dedicated to the improvement of animal health and welfare through veterinary research, together with high quality clinical services and a commitment to education. The Trust comprises the Centre for Small Animal Studies, Centre for Equine Studies and Centre for Preventive Medicine.

We are seeking a study sample collector and co-ordinator to assist with our research into idiopathic epilepsy in dogs. This post is based within the Canine Genetics Research team, which investigates the genetic basis of inherited canine diseases.

This new role is to lead and co-ordinate the collection of cheek swab DNA samples from dogs for clinical/genetic studies of idiopathic epilepsy from clinics within the Animal Health Trust; referral clinics across the UK; and from liaison with the UK Kennel Club. The role holder may also be involved in leading the organisation and running of breed health days both at the Animal Health Trust and other UK locations to facilitate collection of samples, and in questionnaire surveys aimed at the clinical characterisation of idiopathic epilepsy in breeds where this is currently unpublished. They will also be involved in the maintenance and update of website pages, and sample recruitment drives via social media, and the creation of advertising for sample recruitment such as flyers and newsletters.

This role demands a motivated individual who is well organised and able to work independently, using their own initiative and prioritising their own workload. The successful applicant will have approximately two years previous experience in a related role (veterinary and/or research) and experience in an office working environment. Proficiency in IT applications including those in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel), and familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter) are essential. They should have excellent interpersonal skills and should be able to interact effectively with people of multiple disciplines including other research scientists, specialist clinicians, and the general public. A full driving licence is required as some travel will be associated with the role.

A copy of the job description can be viewed here

For further information please contact Sally Ricketts, Lead in Complex Diseases, by email

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your CV and covering letter, stating why you are interested in this role to or by post to Human Resources Department, Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket CB8 7UU. Applications without a covering letter or from agencies will not be considered.

Closing date: 1 March 2019

Interviews: w/c 25 March 2019