View Vacancy -- Technical Assistant (Glass Washing) - Operations Group - Susan Hubbard - LMB 725

Open Date
30/11/2017, 14:30
Close Date
14/12/2017, 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 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 - 7
£16,619 to £18,333
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time
Overall purpose:

To support the Media Service Manager in ensuring a high quality media and glassware service is available at all times to Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) Scientists by providing media, consumables, clean glassware and other clean equipment for experiments.

Main duties:

•    To collect, clean and distribute glassware and other items within the LMB and make sure that stocks are adequate to facilitate the research carried out within the building.
•    To prepare aluminium foil and cocktail sticks and tubes for sterilising.
•    To operate the automatic glassware machines.
•    To dry/sterilise glassware and other items (ovens and autoclaves).

Key responsibilities:

•    The day-to-day running of the washing machines.
•    The general tidiness and cleanliness of the kitchen.
•    To ensure the quality of washed items.
•    To carry out tasks in a timely fashion, to ensure there is a continuous supply of, glassware and consumables for media preparation and scientific Laboratories.
•    To recognise problems, solving those within the bounds of the post and referring more complex problems to your Line Manager or other appropriate members of Staff.
•    To ensure that problems with equipment are brought to the attention of your Line Manager or appropriate LMB department and to check the problems are duly solved.
•    To operate according to health and safety procedures especially in relation to chemicals, media and manual lifting.
•    To act as holiday and sickness cover for other kitchens when required.

Working relationships:

You will report to the Media Services Manager. You will maintain good working relationships with other members of the media and glass washing team and liaise with Scientists and other LMB Staff where necessary.

Additional information:

The above lists are not exhaustive and you are required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post.  All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC.  

A good level of physical fitness is required because lifting and walking around a large building are required in order to carry out the duties of the role.

Education / qualifications / training required:

Essential: Good standard of education (basic numeracy and literacy skills).

•    5 x GCSE’s or equivalents.
•    Good computer skills.

Previous work experience required:

•    Previous experience of working in similar environment.
•    Familiar with the use of autoclave and automatic washing machines.

Knowledge and experience:

Independent working
•    Ability to work for long periods under light supervision.
•    To manage your own workload and prioritise when needs change.

Verbal and written communication skills
•    Ability to communicate effectively with others both in writing and verbally.
•    Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:

•    An attention to detail.
•    Good interpersonal skills.
•    Good organisational skills.
•    Good time keeping skills.
•    Ability to work effectively in a team.

From April 2018, MRC will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online .
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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.

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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.