View Vacancy -- Technical Lead (Web) - Operations Group - VisLab - LMB 1929

Open Date
22/08/2022, 13:00
Close Date
02/10/2022, 23:55
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

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 X-ray crystallography of proteins, 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.

With the opening of our new laboratory the LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both young 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.

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found at

MRC - 3
£40,016 - £53,270 per annum
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time

Overall purpose: 

The Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) has a strategic ambition to promote understanding and engagement of its world class science to a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. 

The VisLab is responsible for LMB’s web related technologies and need to ensure they effectively showcase LMB’s science and people in the most compelling way.

The Technical Lead will lead the web team in the VisLab and work closely with scientists, IT team, public engagement team, scientific operations and other groups to lead development and maintenance of LMB websites, microsites, blogs, applications and the intranet to ensure seamless digital experiences for users. 

Main duties/ Key responsibilities:

Collaborate directly with the VisLab members, IT department, scientists, public engagement team, scientific operations and other departments to ensure that LMB’s website effectively showcases the contributions of scientists and stakeholders throughout LMB to broad audiences.

Lead projects to build, maintain and advance open-source content management systems (CMS) and deliver content through well-designed websites, portals, microsites, landing pages, blogs, applications and the intranet, responsive to various screens or devices.

Identify and work closely with internal or external web developers and UI/UX designers to agree on wireframes and web designs, and implement good, functional and research-supportive web considering the user experience and SEO best practices.

Test and optimize using analytical tools to report and interpret insights and implement insight-driven changes on both back and front-end web development

Organize and maintain digital assets and files for ease of use and access using appropriate database management systems.

Consult and partner with the IT department and internal technology teams to offer or discuss solutions on servers, database technology, web accessibility and security matters and build strong relationships.

Lead regular web admin, bug fixes and maintenance, such as CMS core and plugin updates and reviews, servers and more.

Engage with and support team members and participate in meetings, critiques and reviews to help develop and improve VisLab services.

Lead and manage multiple projects, work independently or in a team as necessary and meet agreed deadlines.

Keep abreast of new developments in web technologies to ensure awareness of the evolving technological landscape and apply appropriate tools to optimize performance across all web platforms.

Advise and develop staff members and assist web editors with any web and analytics-related advice or training.

Working relationships: 

You will report to the Head of the VisLab and work closely with VisLab members. You will line manage members of the web team.

You will work with the IT department, the public engagement team, scientific operations and scientists across LMB to support their web projects and resolve any website and data capture issues.

You will liaise with external UI/UX designers, information architects or developers for any outsourced work.

Education / qualifications / training required: 

Bachelor’s Degree in a computer science, web design/development or related field, or equivalent experience.

Previous work experience required: 

Experience of leading and managing large and institution-wide web development projects with responsive design.

Experience of working on multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

Experience in a scientific or an academic environment

Knowledge and experience: 

Expertise and advanced knowledge in using open-source web CMS like WordPress on both back and front-end development.

Advanced knowledge and experience of coding new components, features and functionality, especially using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

Experience of using languages such as PHP, Python and Java for server-side and application development.

Experience with database languages such as SQL.

Experience with libraries and frameworks such as jQuery and Bootstrap.

Expertise in testing and debugging frontend and backend elements.

Experience with Linux-based web servers.

Expertise in reporting and interpreting web analytics using tools like Google Analytics, Hotjar, Open Web Analytics etc.

Experience creating mock-ups and prototypes using Sketch or the Adobe Creative Suite software and familiarity with web and UI/UX design.

Knowledge of version control systems like Git.

Knowledge of using support ticketing systems like osTicket.

Working knowledge of MS applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or LibreText.

Experience with popular frameworks like Rails and Angular.

Experience of using Swift or Kotlin for mobile app development.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities: 

•    Excellent written and verbal communication abilities.
•    Outstanding leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
•    Must be able to work and lead independently.
•    Critical thinking skills and a keen problem solver regularly coming up with solutions and workarounds.
•    Resilience to work under pressure, balance competing priorities and deadlines.
•    Passion for learning and a willingness to discover newer methods and tools for efficient workflows and development of web assets.
•    Be open to receiving feedback as well as giving constructive feedback to team members to help their development.
•    Adaptable and flexible with an openness to change including the adoption of future digital technologies.
•    Driven by customer satisfaction.

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.