View Vacancy -- Van Driver - PNAC - Biological Services Group - LMB 2076

Open Date
28/02/2023, 10:45
Close Date
14/03/2023, 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
£20,484 to £24,871 per annum (pro rata)
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full or Part Time options

Overall purpose: 

The purpose of this position is to support the on-going animal-based research located within MRC Laboratory animal facilities, which include the Ares Building on the Babraham Research Campus and the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Primarily providing transport between the facilities, whilst maintaining the welfare of animals in transit.

Main duties/ Key responsibilities:

•    Driving a van in order to transport animals, researchers, samples and other items, primarily between Cambridge based research facilities, whilst ensuring their smooth transition, safety and welfare, with due regard to the time sensitive nature of the work.
•    Communicating with technicians, researchers and other staff via e-mail, telephone and face to face.
•    Unloading and loading samples, animals and mail and delivering to the appropriate drop off points.
•    Accurate record keeping and management of the van diary.
•    Responsibility for maintaining general stocks within the LMB facilities. 
•    On occasions, you may be called upon to assist the animal technicians with non-specialized tasks such as maintaining the high standard of cleanliness within the LMB unit. 
•    Respond to problems as they arise, seeking advice where appropriate.
•    Ensure faulty/damaged equipment is reported urgently to effect rapid replacement/repair.
•    Ensure high standards of animal welfare are maintained.
•    Organise and prioritise your own workload effectively.
•    Any other appropriate duties as required.

Working relationships: 

You will be a member of a small team, under the overall management of the Facility Manager, based at the Ares building or the LMB.  

You will primarily work alongside Biological Services Group colleagues and scientific researchers as well as with external contacts e.g. other research institutes.

You will be required to work effectively in a team as well as independently, form good professional working relationships and follow instruction.

Additional information:

Basic training in the legal requirements associated with working with research animals, and animal handling will be provided.

Education / qualifications / training required: 

Essential: Full driving licence.

•    Minimum of 5 GCSE’s grades A-C or equivalent relevant experience.
•    Animal care qualifications.

Previous work experience required: 

•    Ability to conduct basic vehicle checks to ensure that oil levels, tyre pressures and fuel levels are acceptable.
•    The ability to drive carefully, responsibly, safely and in accordance to road traffic legislation.
•    Experience of working as part of a team.

•    Experience of driving a small van and making deliveries whilst adhering to strict timescales.
•    Knowledge of the local area.
•    Previous experience of caring for or working with animals.

Knowledge and experience: 

•    Must be able to plan and schedule jobs within specific timeframes
•    Ability to work independently, problem solve and prioritise daily work schedule.
•    Good verbal and written communication skills
•    Basic computer skills, especially email communication.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities: 

•    Ability to adhere to the legislation regarding transportation of research animals.
•    Excellent time management and good interpersonal skills.  
•    Be responsible, conscientious and hard-working.
•    Have empathy with animals.
•    Must be able to demonstrate a ‘can-do’ approach.
•    Be capable and flexible to work independently and as part of a team.  
•    Good organisational skills.
•    A reasonable level of fitness is required as manual handling of boxes containing mouse cages will form a daily part of the role.

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.  The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

This opportunity is closed to applications.