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Named Information Officer/Administration Support

London (Central), London (Greater)
£37,332 - £42,099 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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About us

Biological Services provide facilities, services, and advice for all research scientists within King's College London who need to carry out research using animals. Such work is ethically reviewed, carefully regulated, and kept to a minimum within the overall objectives of advancing knowledge in biomedical research. Alternatives to research involving animals are always used where possible.

About the role

Working with the Biological Services Central Team, the NIO/Administration Support Officer will identify the most appropriate medium to research and disseminate up-to-date information on legislation and regulations, the implementation of the 3Rs, and other guiding principles for research within Biological Services. The post-holder will be expected to have an active involvement in the College’s AWERB and also to keep up to date with ASRU‘s policies and newsletters. This will require the establishment and management of information systems for the benefit of Biological Services staff and researchers. The individual will also be expected to support users of the department’s animal colony management databases, MCMS and ARMIS, as well as ASPeL, the Home Office’s licensing database. It is the responsibility of the NIO to ensure that the institution’s researchers working with animals have access to information about the species being used and the procedures they are performing.

Alongside the NIO component of the role, there will be an expectation to support administration within the Biological Services Central Team, including financial management and other tasks as required.

This is a full time role (35 hours per week), and you will be offered an indefinite contract.

About you

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. In depth knowledge of Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, (including Guidance, Advice Notes and the Code of Practice on Housing and Care)
  2. Be familiar with the species used and the types of research performed within the establishment.
  3. Significant experience of working with a biological services department.
  4. Ability to work under pressure in a busy and demanding environment
  5. Comprehensive IT literacy skills and experience of working with animal colony management systems.
  6. Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills to all stakeholders.
  7. Commitment to continuing professional development (CPD).

Desirable criteria

  1. Degree in a biological or related subject.
  2. Qualification in animal technology to MIAT/level 3.  An equivalent qualification or experience may be considered.
  3. Experience of business and financial management.

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘ How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held in July 2024.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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