View Vacancy -- Laboratory Services Assistant - Operations Group - Darren Harper - LMB 1017

Open Date
31/01/2019, 12:05
Close Date
28/02/2019, 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
Part Time
20 Hours

Overall purpose:

To assist in the provision of a cost effective technical support service to the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

To assist in the provision of the research facilities and to ensure the Laboratory environment is appropriate to the research needs.

Main duties:

To assist the Laboratory Services and Purchasing team in the day-to-day operations of the Laboratory.

Duties to include:
•    Administering the shipping of biological materials to other research Laboratories and scientific facilities throughout the UK and internationally.
•    The provision of a well-stocked and organised environment in which shipments can be safely prepared and stored.
•    Daily checks of the Laboratory’s liquid nitrogen vessels.
•    Assisting in liquid nitrogen dispensing.
•    Regular checks of the Laboratory’s assets.
•    Supporting the Laboratory Services and Purchasing team.

Key responsibilities:

•    To keep up to date with legislation for shipping biological materials and adhering to the rules.
•    To follow every shipment to completion ensuring appropriate action is taken with couriers and customs.
•    To keep up to date with relocations of staff and instrumentation within the Laboratory.
•    To be aware of problems that may occur with liquid nitrogen dispensing and acting on them when required.

Working relationships:

You will report to the Laboratory Services Manager. You will have extensive interactions with scientific units, Technical Staff, Support Staff and Service Engineers.

Additional information:

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

Education / qualifications / training required:

•    5 GCSE or equivalent.
•    Computer literate.

Desirable: Educated to A Level standard or equivalent.

Previous work experience required:

•    Experience of working as part of a team.
•    Experience of administration including good record keeping, both electronically and manually.

•    Experience of working with technical equipment.
•    Experience of working in a scientific environment.
•    Previous experience of working to IATA guidelines.
•    Experience of dealing with couriers and customs staff.

Knowledge and experience:

Independent working
•    Demonstrates an ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
•    Ability to act on own initiative, but also has the ability to know when to seek advice.

Verbal and written communication skills
Essential: Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:

•    Motivated individual with a strong desire for self and team development.
•    Excellent time management and good interpersonal skills.  
•    Ability to respond proactively to ad hoc requests, judging when advice is required.

Additional information:

Training will be provided as required.

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.