View Vacancy -- Biological Resources - MLC - 728

Open Date
05/12/2017, 23:55
Close Date
31/12/2017, 23:55
MRC Mary Lyon Centre
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We are a major international research centre at the forefront of studies in mouse genetics and functional genomics. We are investigating a wide variety of disease models in mice, in order to enhance our understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of disease.


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MRC - 6
Didcot, Oxfordshire
£17,338 pro rata
Fixed Term
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time
Six months

Overall purpose:


The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a world renowned, organisation dedicated to improving human health. An excellent opportunity has arisen to help facilitate the exchange of biological resources between the MRC-Harwell Institute and the wider scientific community. The post is located at the Mary Lyon Centre, which is an integral part of the MRC-Harwell Institute.


The MRC-Harwell Institute specialises in developing and characterising mouse models of human disease through its research programmes and as a leading partner in the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC; This landmark programme aims to generate a knockout mouse for each gene in the mouse genome (~20,000) and characterise the mice using a comprehensive phenotyping pipeline.


This role is required to underpin the uptake of mouse genetic resources. The post holder will support Harwell’s extensive network of UK collaborators and its international standing. The function of this role will be to help coordinate/liaise with investigators around the world who wish to obtain mouse resources from Harwell.


The ideal candidate will have an interest in biological systems, be a team player, be customer focused, possess excellent communication skills and have a keen attention to detail.




Main duties / key responsibilities:


Working with all groups at the Harwell, the post holder’s principle responsibility will be to underpin the exchange of mouse resources to/from the Harwell Institute.


This will involve:

a)     liaising with investigators within the MRC and other universities/institutes around the world to coordinate the uptake of Harwell’s mouse resources

b)     ensuring that the service and resources are disseminated Nationally and internationally

c)     maintain full and accurate strain details in laboratory information management system (Anonymus)

d)     ensuring that the quality and accuracy of our delivery services are maintained.



Develop and maintain good working relationships with scientific staff at all levels in order to optimise information flow and support an culture for the transfer of knowledge


Continuous Improvement

It is expected that the post holder will play an active role in continuing the implementation of new processes that improve the efficiency with which resources are exchanged between the Harwell Institute and the wider scientific community.



To help improve customer service functions and develop a client focussed team approach.


Working relationships:

The post holder will report to the client interface manager as a member of a team of 6 staff.


The post holder may also develop working relationships with:


  • Unit Scientists
  • Repository managers across Europe/North America and Asia
  • Investigating scientists around the world
  • External mouse facility manager
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Contemporary IT skills and experience of using databases
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to prioritise tasks in a busy environment
Able to work independently using own initiative
Commitment to providing a good customer service
Reliable and able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team within in a large organisation
Higher qualification
Experience of working on projects within a research organisation or university
A background in biological sciences
Previous experience of working within a team
To possess an innovative and proactive approach to problem solving
Good grounding in science
Previous experience of working in a customer-facing role
Experience of exchanging/selling goods
Ability to deal with a wide range of people from different disciplines and at various levels in an organisation
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.