View Vacancy -- Laboratory Assistant (Tissue Culture) - Operations Group - Sue Hubbard - LMB 1012

Open Date
23/01/2019, 16:05
Close Date
20/02/2019, 23:55
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
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The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of modern molecular biology and has played an important role in the development of many new techniques, most notably protein crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, DNA sequencing and monoclonal antibodies.  The LMB has a clear goal of understanding biological processes at the molecular level, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease.  We aim to tackle difficult, long-term problems, which often require investment over many years.

There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology.  However, scientific collaboration between the different Divisions is extensive.  Scientists are well supported by excellent scientific facilities and by the LMB Operations Group which maintains the core infrastructure and services of the institute.

The LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both new and established researchers.  Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, thus creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.

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MRC - 6
£17,338 - £20,100
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time
Overall purpose:

To support the Media Services Manager in ensuring a high quality media and glassware service is available at all times to Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) Scientists by providing media, consumables, clean glassware and other clean equipment for experiments.

Main duties:

•    Preparing media (Bacterial & Tissue Culture) for use in scientific Laboratories.
•    Preparing bacteria-free media by carrying out aseptic dispensing.
•    Carrying out sterilising including use of autoclave.
•    Collecting dirty and restocking clean glassware in specific areas, this will include glassware washing through the operation of automatic glassware machines.
•    Monitoring stock levels of consumables in Laboratories to ensure adequate supplies are available and replenished as required.
•    Ordering stock and consumables both from stores and through electronic ordering.
•    Cleaning of equipment on a rotational basis to maintain high levels of operational cleanliness.  
•    Managing the installation and removal of tissue culture equipment when required.
•    Testing for mycoplasma.

Key responsibilities:

•    To carry out tasks in a timely fashion, to ensure there is a continuous supply of media, glassware and consumables for scientific laboratories.
•    To ensure tasks, including aseptic techniques, are carried out to the standards set out in protocols or in prescribed methods.
•    To recognise problems, solving those within the bounds of the post and referring more complex problems to the Line Manager or other appropriate members of Staff.
•    To ensure that problems with equipment are brought to the attention of the Line Manager or appropriate LMB department and to check the problems are duly solved.
•    To operate according to health and safety procedures especially in relation to chemicals, media and manual lifting.
•    To act as holiday and sickness cover for other areas within the Media Services when required.

Working relationships:

You will report to the Media Services Manager. You will be required to maintain good working relationships with other members of the media and glass washing team and to liaise with Scientists and other LMB Staff where necessary.

Additional information:

A good level of physical fitness is required in order to carry out the duties of the role because it involves some lifting and walking around a large building.

Education / qualifications / training required:

Essential: 2 x A levels in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.

Desirable: Degree in a science subject.

Previous work experience required:

Essential: Previous experience of working in a Laboratory environment.

Desirable: Previous experience of working in Tissue Culture Laboratory/Biology Laboratory.

Knowledge and experience:

•    Familiar with the use of autoclaves.
•    Experience of sterile techniques.
•    Ability to accurately and correctly use pipettes.
•    Familiar with the concept and importance of pH and molecular weights of chemicals.

•    Experienced in the use of pressure vessels.
•    Experience in database entry.
•    Familiar with online ordering systems.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:

Independent working

•    Ability to work for long periods under light supervision.
•    Ability to manage own workload and prioritise when needs change.
•    Organised and methodical when carrying out duties.
•    Good attention to detail.

Communication skills

•    Ability to communicate effectively with others both in writing and verbally.
•    Ability to follow written instructions.
•    Good interpersonal skills.

Team working

Effective team member willing to contribute, whilst being respectful of the roles and experience of others.

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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.