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View Vacancy -- Service Technician (Cage wash) - PNAC - Ares - LMB 536

Open Date
28/04/2017 09:05
Close Date
29/05/2017 23:55
UKRI 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 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 new laboratory 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
Ares, Babraham
£17,088 - £19,850
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time

Overall purpose:

The purpose of this full-time, permanent role is to work within a small team, within our cage wash area, to deliver essential support services to the MRC LMB Animal Facility located at the Ares building on the Babraham Research Campus.  

The Ares building animal facility has been designed to utilise the latest advancements in the field such as robotics, Individually Ventilated Cages (IVCs) and automated water supply systems to make the environment for mice as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

Main duties:

•    Delivery and collection of animal cages to specified areas throughout the building
•    Processing of dirty water bottles and delivery of clean water bottles for the animal rooms (semi automated)
•    Maintenance and routine cleaning of cage washing/processing equipment
•    Stores duties to include accepting deliveries, moving consumables (such as bedding, diet and enrichment), to the stores areas.  Using a jib-crane to load the bedding totes into the automated systems, decontaminating diet and enrichment before use
•    Laundry duties which include using industrial-sized washers and dryers for the scrubs, over garments and towels used within the Ares building
•    Cleaning of service support areas and other communal areas within the barrier, on a rota basis
•    Use of forklift truck, pallet trucks and other similar lifting equipment (for which training will be given, if required)

Key responsibilities:

•    Operation of automated and semi-automated machinery such as autoclaves which are located in the cage/bottle processing area
•    Respond to problems as they arise, seeking advice where appropriate from supervisor or line manager
•    Able to correct any minor faults with the robotic cage washing equipment (after training)
•    Ensure faulty/damaged equipment is reported urgently to effect rapid replacement/repair
•    Unload lorries and replenish diet, bedding dispensers and other stocked items

Working relationships:

You will be a member of a small team supervised by a Senior Service Technician under the overall management of the Senior Service Support Manager.  

You will work closely, on a daily basis, with Animal Technicians, maintenance staff and other members of the Biological Services Group. You will also interact with delivery drivers when required.

Additional information:

You will be based at the Ares Facility on the Babraham Research Campus.

Education / qualifications / training required:

Essential: Minimum 5 GCSEs grades A-C including Maths and English or equivalent.
Desirable: Holds a current forklift licence.

Previous work experience required:

•    Experience of working as part of a team and developing strong working relationships.
•    Experience of working independently.
•    Demonstrates understanding of maintaining high levels of hygiene to ensure a suitable environment.

•    Ideally have experience of barriered facilities including Individually Vented Caging systems (IVCs).
•    Experience of working in a cage wash facility and/or with automated and/or semi-automated machinery.
•    Experience in machine maintenance.

Knowledge and experience 

Creativity and initiative
Essential: Must be able to demonstrate a ‘can-do’ approach.

Independent working

•    Acts on own initiative, but able to judge when to seek advice.
•    Excellent time management managing tasks efficiently and on time.
•    Demonstrates an ability to follow instructions and carry them out with limited supervision.
•    Familiar with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and safe working practices.
•    Must understand and be able to explain the importance of wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Verbal and written communication skills

•    Good verbal and written communication skills.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills.
•    Ability to form good professional working relationships.
•    Willingness to receive instruction and work accordingly.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:

•    Demonstrates an aptitude for working carefully & safely.
•    A pro-active approach demonstrating commitment to animal welfare with a desire for constant improvement.
•    Needs to be responsible, conscientious and hard-working.
•    Understands the routine nature of this 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.

Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

This opportunity is closed to applications.