View Vacancy -- Electrician - MLC 1908

Open Date
26/07/2022, 13:32
Close Date
28/02/2023, 23:55
MRC Mary Lyon Centre

The Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell (MLC) is located in an expanding science and innovation park in Oxfordshire and is an internationally renowned centre at the forefront of genetics research.  As the hub of the new National Mouse Genetics Network, the specialist facilities and capabilities of the MLC support a number of distinct research clusters spread across the UK to accelerate our understanding of human disease. 

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or in the support functions. The MRC encourages the integration of clinical and discovery research to elucidate both disease processes and potential new therapies. The MLC focuses on preclinical research using mouse models, which supports clinical research and therapy discovery. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

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MRC - 5
Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
£25,798 - £27,501 per annum (depending on experience) plus overtime
On-call allowance
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time

(Also known internally as Electrical Technician)

Overall Purpose:

To assist in the carrying out of electrical repairs and installation work in accordance with the IEE Regulations and the Medical Research Council's specifications and Codes of Practice. To observe at all times the Health and Safety at Work Regulations in order to maintain a safe working environment. 

Main Duties/Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake installation, operation, fault finding and maintenance of the MRC estate’s wide range of electrical building services (including lighting and emergency lighting/general power 230–415V, fire alarms, door access, IT and communication systems).
  • Carry out works efficiently and effectively, acquiring and signing off work through the MRC-designated Planet FM mobile device application
  • Undertake an active role in site services condition surveys and where required, formal inspection, testing and verification of electrical systems (additional training and qualifications may be provided)
  • Carry out compliance-related maintenance tasks, including emergency lighting testing and repairs, fire alarm remedial works and general electrical reactive repairs
  • Ensure that all work carried out on the MRC estate is completed in an effective and professional manner and that all current Health & Safety and technical legislation is adhered to, including:
  1. Risk assessments and method statements (produced by in-house staff)
  2. Safe systems of work (permits/isolation procedures/hot works/testing and recommissioning)
  • Ensure that works are completed to a high standard and in a timely fashion, so as to minimise their impact upon scientific programmes
  • Accept training in future developments and technologies, taking on additional nominated person responsibilities as required
    • Provide additional support and assistance to the Building Services Team in maintenance and repairs of the estate and any other duties which may from time to time reasonably be required within the general level of responsibility of the post
    • Engage in the mentoring and development of team members (including the support of apprentices)
    • Champion the Engineering & Estates service in a positive manner
      • Deliver a high level of customer service
      • Attend appropriate training to support the role and service delivery
      • To participate as part of an engineering on-call team as required (subject to management approval and operational requirements)
      • Procure materials, components and spares, ensuring that stock levels are maintained to maintain efficiency
      • Take on the role of first aider (training will be given)

      Working Relationships:

      Colleagues, Scientists, Senior Managers, External Contractors

      Equality & Diversity:

      The MRC values the diverse skills and experience of its employees and is committed to achieving equality of treatment for all.  Our objectives are that all individuals shall have equal opportunities for employment and advancement on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities.  The MRC is committed to the engagement and retention of the best possible talent and to creating an environment that encourages excellence in scientific research through good equality and diversity leadership and management. 

      Corporate/Local Responsibilities & Requirements:

      The post holder must at all times carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the MRC’s:

      • Code of Conduct
      • Equality and Diversity policy
      • Health and Safety policy
      • Data Protection and Security policy 

      Job descriptions should be reviewed on a regular basis and at the annual appraisal.  Any changes should be made and agreed between the post holder and their manager. 

      The above lists are not exhaustive and the post holder is required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post.  All employees are required to act professionally, cooperatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC.

      Education/Qualifications/Training Required:


      • Recognised electrical qualification (BS7671 Wiring Regulations or similar) or final year of a recognised apprenticeship scheme.
      • Proven experience in a relevant engineering field
      • UK Driving license


      • City & Guilds 2391 Inspection and Testing / relevant experience of electrical testing & fault diagnosis

      Previous Work Experience Required:


      • 3 years electrical experience 


      • Experience with mechanical plant and controls (e.g. BMS, HVAC)

      Knowledge and Experience:


      • BS7671 - 17th edition 


      • BS7671 - 18th Edition
      • Experience of Building Services or Estates Environment

      Personal skills/Behaviours/Qualities:


      • Conscientiousness, self-motivated, punctual, team player, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with minimal supervision, ability to work in a methodical and structured way, confidence in dealing with suppliers and service users
      • Able to work within a multi-disciplinary team and able to communicate effectively with colleagues and the wider scientific community
      • Willingness to undertake relevant training where necessary
      The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

      Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

      Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

      UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

      We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.