View Vacancy -- Graphic Designer - MLC 1988

Open Date
01/11/2022, 15:15
Close Date
27/11/2022, 23:55
MRC Mary Lyon Centre

The Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell (MLC) is located in an expanding science and innovation campus 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 research groups across the UK to accelerate our understanding of human diseases, such as cancer, developmental disorders and neurodegeneration.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a great place to work and progress your career.  The MRC encourages the integration of clinical and discovery research to elucidate both disease processes and potential new therapies. The MLC provides vital scientific support for the UK biomedical community and 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)
Administration & Management
Full Time

Overall Purpose:

We are seeking a Graphic Designer to join the scientific communications team of the Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell.   The communications team is responsible for a wide range of projects requiring fresh and innovative graphic designs. Examples of the kind of projects carried out by the Graphic Designer are:

  • Design of national and international websites such as and
  • Designing exhibition stands and marketing materials
  • The provision of bespoke graphics, figures and artworks for scientific publications and news stories
  • The branding of the MRC Harwell Campus following the latest UKRI guidelines to provide visitors with the best possible experience of the site

The post-holder will be responsible for determining the requirements for these projects, gathering materials, providing rough-concept layouts, communicating time estimates and implementing high quality final designs.

 The successful candidate will be highly creative, capable of taking ownership of projects, and be able to effectively communicate with staff in order to deliver upon their graphics design objectives. 

We require an excellent team player who is enthusiastic, motivated and willing to learn.

This is an exciting opportunity to expand your experience across a broad range of interesting domains using industry-standard software applications.

Main Duties/Key Responsibilities:

  • Creation of marketing materials
  • Creation of graphic assets for colleagues involved in the various national and international projects, following branding guidelines and providing professional advice on the best use of those assets
  • Creation of an on-brand MRC Harwell Campus experience for staff, tenants and visitors
  • Assistance with printing and print finishing for posters, business stationery, reports, manuals and general marketing materials
  • Maintainance of archives of images, photos and work products
  • Working with colleagues on web-design implementation and creation of bespoke design in house
  • Use of industry-standard graphics and multimedia software packages to:
    • Prepare high quality scientific publication graphics
    • Correct and improve poster artworks
  • Provision of corrections and improvements on scientists’ poster designs

Working Relationships:

 The post-holder will be expected to:

  • Collaborate closely with the Scientific Communications team to produce the relevant material for successful communication and outreach activities
  • Work closely with scientific, technical and administrative staff across site to provide all the required assets
  • Work with external professionals such as photographers, signage companies, etc. to complement the in-house activities

The Scientific Communications team includes the Head of Scientific Communications, who will be the post-holder’s line manager, a Communication Officer, a Web Developer, a Graphic Designer and a Science Editor.

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:


  • Graphic Design or related fine art degree


  • Previous studies at any level in life sciences would be advantageous

Previous Work Experience Required:


  • Experience of working within a graphics design environment, delivering high quality concepts to clients in a timely manner


  • Experience in a scientific setting would be advantageous

Knowledge and Experience:


  • Excellent IT skills, particularly within industry-standard graphics and multimedia software packages (Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXPress, PhotoShop)
  • Proven experience of determining client requirements
  • Proven experience of delivering design concepts to a high standard of quality
  • Demonstrable portfolio of work
  • Drupal knowledge


  • Experience of managing multiple projects in parallel
  • Experience of presenting their own work to clients

Personal skills/Behaviours/Qualities:


  • Enthusiasm for design with a creative flair
  • Accuracy and attention to detail when finalising designs
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A proactive, self-motivating attitude


  • Good organisation and time-management skills
  • Good presentation skills
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.