View Vacancy -- Stores Team Member x 2 - Operations Group - Dale Butler - LMB 884

Open Date
23/07/2018, 16:25
Close Date
13/08/2018, 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
£17,338 - £20,100
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time

Overall purpose:

To provide a service for the issue of Stores material to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) and to other external users when required.

To provide a service for the receipt of goods ordered on behalf of the LMB and to other external users.

To provide support for the LMB’s Laboratory Service Team with day-to-day duties.

Main duties / key responsibilities:

•    Replenishing Tissue Culture Plastics on a daily basis.
•    Serving members of staff and visiting workers at the Stores counter with a variety of goods including chemicals, enzymes, equipment and stationery (approximately 1000 stock materials at an average of 300 issued per day).  This requires a detailed knowledge of materials, material codes and locations.   
•    Responsibility for the accurate input of delivery details to book in parcels received as special purchases.  Also checking and booking of stock materials to ensure the correct products and quantities are received. Unpacking and placing recyclable packaging in the correct waste flow to ensure only the minimal amount enters the Laboratory.   
•    Processing all goods received and issued onto the on-line system.  
•    Using the on-line system for enquires on stock levels, prices, locations and due date of arrival of material and special orders.
•    Checking for email orders, making up the orders ready for delivery or collection.
•    Investigating overdue receipts, resolving or reassigning where possible.
•    Replacing gas cylinders when required, which will include delivery and collection.
•    Replenishing Tissue Culture Media and assistance with replenishing Liquid Nitrogen.
•    Assisting members of the LMB to move furniture, when required.
•    Assisting with any day-to-day activities required for the smooth and effective running of the Laboratory.
•    Covering areas during periods of absence.

Working relationships: 

You will report to the Stores Manager and will interact with other Stores Team Members, Operational Group Managers and their Teams, Postdoctoral Scientists and Research Support Staff across the LMB and with external suppliers and delivery drivers as 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.  

Education / Qualifications / Training required:

•    Good standard of education.
•    Computer literate.

•    Clean Driving Licence.
•    Forklift Licence.

Previous work experience required:

•    Previous experience of Stores / Goods-in.
•    Proven experience of customer relations in a similar position.

Desirable: Previous work experience in Stores, within a scientific/academic environment.
Knowledge and experience:

•    Ability to work as part of a team.
•    Good numerate skills.

Independent working
•    Proven skills in working independently with minimum supervision.
•    Ability to plan own workload.

Verbal and written communication skills
Essential: Good communication skills.

Personal skills/behaviours/qualities:

•    Motivated individual with a strong desire for self and team development.
•    Approachable and a helpful member of the team.
•    Excellent attention to detail.
•    Proven organisational skills and good time keeping.

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.