Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
£27,472 - £29,091 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Please note: we reserve the right to close any of our vacancies early.

Vacancy Details

Contract type: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Location: National Breeding Centre

Hours: 35 hours per week

Working pattern: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Interview dates: 14th and 15th January 2020

Salary: £27,472 to £29,091 per annum

We cannot provide sponsorship for the role.

Guide Dogs is embarking on an ambitious genomics project to create a database of the full genome sequence of 3000 dogs, which will be integrated with in-house data on dog health and behaviour to develop genotype-phenotype associations. The overall aim of the project is to create genomic breeding values and to use effective, modern and continuously improving artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to improve the breeding programme. The project supports the Guide Dogs’ ‘By My Side’ Strategy and will have a significant impact on the effectiveness of Guide Dogs' welfare, breeding, training and service provision programmes and operations.

The primary function of this role will be an overall responsibility for setting up, managing and reporting on all aspects of the genomics project as a member of the canine research team with support from the breeding, project management, procurement, communications and IS teams.

In your application, you will need to evidence, using specific examples, how your skills and experience meet the criteria laid out in the person specification, within the Job Description below. Requirements include;

  • Ability to discuss complex concepts with technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Proven administration and project management skills.

  • Ability to make recommendations based on interpretation of complex data.

  • The ability to understand complex concepts from outside your own field.

  • Detailed understanding of new and existing technologies that support the project and our strategy.

For more information on this role, the requirements and our benefits package, please see the documents attached below.

How to apply: Applications can be made using the online application form. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications.

Working at Guide Dogs

Working at Guide Dogs is much more than just a job. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives.

We believe that wellbeing at work is about creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows all employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and for Guide Dogs.

As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs. These include; 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years' service), flexible benefits package and a defined contribution group personal pension plan.


Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome, and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invite to interview for all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.


Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

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Refreshed on: 13 December 2019
Closed date: 27 December 2019
Job ref: 0000035225
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