View Vacancy -- Cleaner-Maintenance Technician - MLC 1914

Open Date
03/08/2022, 10:35
Close Date
18/02/2023, 23:55
MRC Mary Lyon Centre
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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 - 6
Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
£20,484 per annum
Full Time

Overall Purpose:

To maintain the unit to the required standards of cleanliness and to process, prepare and deliver equipment and consumables for housing mice on a daily basis. 

Main duties / key responsibilities: 

  • Maintain biosecurity/cleanliness/hygiene in laboratory and admin areas to the prescribed standards
  • Maintain ward replenishment to satisfactory levels, including bottle filling, diet and bedding replacement
  • Operate automated and semi-automated machinery such as autoclave and tunnel washer in the cage/bottle processing area, troubleshooting problems as they arise and seeking advice where appropriate
  • Monitor consumables, ensuring that correct stock rotation and expiry dates are adhered to
  • Reading and adhering to local SOPs and risk assessments 

Working relationships: 

Member of a team working under supervision of senior personnel 

Additional information: 

Must be able to work overtime on a rota basis

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:


  • Basic literacy and numeracy

Previous Work Experience Required:


  • Previous work in a general cleaning role
  • Previous work experience in a busy environment
  • Experience of dirty/clean processing
  • Management of consumables 


  • Experience of working with automated machinery

Knowledge and Experience:


  • Experience and understanding of the importance of maintaining a clean environment
  • Experience of working with basic cleaning equipment


  • Experience of working to Standard Operating Procedures and risk assessments
  • Basic computer skills (email)
  • Ability to operate machinery, although training will be given
  • FTL experience, unloading lorries and moving pallets of items around site

Personal skills/Behaviours/Qualities:


  • The applicant should be able to work as part of a team and on their own under general supervision of senior personnel
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to lift 12.5kg bags of food and bedding
  • Flexibility with regard to working in different areas
  • Ability to work overtime to meet changing demands
This is a rolling recruitment campaign and CV’s will be reviewed upon application.
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.