Job vacancies at Medical Detection Dogs

Job vacancies
at Medical Detection Dogs

Working for Medical Detection Dogs is an exciting and rewarding experience. We are at the cutting edge of British innovation and collaborate with institutions and healthcare organisations around the world.

You can help us achieve our goals, and whatever the role you will contribute towards our work training dogs to save lives using their incredible sense of smell.

Our current vacancies are listed below:

Bio Detection Data Assistant

The Role

You will be part of our world leading Bio Detection Research team supporting the training of dogs to detect the odour of disease and participating in research projects which we hope will lead to methods by which those diseases are detected at the earliest possible stage, thereby increasing the chances of survival.

You will:

  • Provide support to Bio Detection Trainers during training and testing of Bio Detection projects
  • Live data input during training sessions and double-blind testing
  • Handle disease positive and disease negative samples during training and testing sessions and preparing/cleaning the training area in line with project requirements
  • Assist with cleaning and maintaining equipment during training/testing
  • Assist with data management and preparation for presentation

Specific Responsibilities  

  • Provide support to the Bio Detection Trainers by inputting data into MDD’s Bio Detection database, OPRA during training sessions and double-blind testing for Bio Detection Projects 
  • Assisting the Research Assistant with data management by ensuring the input of clean data and assisting with preparing data for internal training/project reports, trustees, and external collaborators. 
  • Assist Bio Detection Trainers with preparing samples for training. Including analysing sample background information and assisting with designing project specific training programmes.  
  • Assist Bio Detection Trainers and other Bio Detection department members with sample processing, including selecting, thawing, and re-freezing samples before and after training or testing sessions.  


Other tasks or ad hoc duties agreed with your line manager required to ensure the successful running of the charity. 



  • A science related degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience of health & safety in the workplace, ideally within a biological research environment
  • Experience of clinical trials
  • Experience of data input and data management
  • Confident in use of Excel, pivot tables and data interpretation/presentation


  • Understanding of health & safety policies for handling of biological samples, or a willingness to learn
  • Some understanding of the work of bio detection dogs
  • Understanding of database and data management
  • Some understanding of experimental design
  • Experience of developing externally validated training programmes


    • Attention to detail is essential 
    • Ability to take direction and accurately record data and notes
    • A professional approach to staff, volunteers, and members of the public both internally and externally
    • A good attitude to work and ability to use initiative to work effectively with and without supervision
    • Interested and passionate about the work of the charity
    • Must be comfortable working with and around dogs
    • Be flexible about working hours when required

    Values & Behaviours

    Working at Medical Detection Dogs will be a richly rewarding experience. Our Values & Behaviours encapsulate who we are, what we stand for and what it will feel like to be part of our team: 

    1. We treat each other with respect and courtesy 
    2. We act professionally at all times 
    3. We accept responsibility for our own performance and behaviour 
    4. We are honest and open in our dealings with each other  
    5. We are inclusive and open minded 
    6. We provide a safe space for challenging opinion, behaviour and decisions 
    7. We give credit when and to whom it is due 
    8. We support one another in achieving our goals 

    And of course, we advocate for Medical Detection Dogs whenever we get the chance and we pride ourselves on our role as ambassadors. 

    Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to: 

    • Hold a full UK Driving Licence
    • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
    • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
    • Work some evenings and weekends
    You will be part of our world leading Bio Detection Research team supporting the training of dogs to detect the odour of disease and participating in research projects which we hope will lead to methods by which those diseases are detected at the earliest possible stage, thereby increasing the chances of survival 

    LOCATIONGreat Horwood, near Milton Keynes  

    SALARY: £22,000 to £25,000 depending on experience

    JOB TYPE: Full time

    We look forward to hearing from you. Please send a CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 setting out your experience and how you meet the requirements for the role to

    Early applications are encouraged as we are keen to fill the vacancy as soon as possible.

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