Mechanical Workshop Technician - Structural Studies - Mechanical Workshop - LMB 1582

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Deadline: 23 Jun 2021

View Vacancy -- Mechanical Workshop Technician - Structural Studies - Mechanical Workshop - LMB 1582
Open Date
26/05/2021, 12:45
Close Date
23/06/2021, 23:55

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

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 - 5


£25,798 - £27,501 per annum


Technical & Scientific Professionals

Full Time

Overall purpose:

To maintain the X-ray generator (day to day running) and provide support for the associated hardware i.e. vacuum pumps, cooling systems, inert gas supplies and filament replacement.
To also provide similar backup for the electron microscope facility, paying particular attention to the cooled water supplies.
In addition you will carry out small batch work or manufacture of one offs using machine and hand tools. Some TIG welding of non-ferrous metals may also be required.
Main duties:

•    To manufacture simple scientific equipment from sketches, drawings and verbal instructions.
•    To service and maintain X-ray and EM vacuum equipment and chilled water supplies.
•    Order materials, tools and consumables.
Key responsibilities:
To carry out daily maintenance checks on the X-ray generator and daily checks on the EM water supply.

Provide rapid response to any emergency in the X-ray or EM facility.
Working relationships:
You will report to the Head of the Technical Instrumentation Workshop and liaise with other members of the workshop team, Group Leaders, research support staff, Scientists and students across the LMB, working closely with the Senior Crystallographer and Senior Microscopist.

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:
Essential: Qualification to HNC level or equivalent experience.
Desirable: Substantial engineering experience
Previous work experience required:
Essential: You will need to be able to operate a wide range of machine tools and demonstrate a high level of skill to produce parts or whole pieces of equipment to very high standards.
Desirable: The ability to weld stainless steel and aluminium using TIG welding would be useful.
Knowledge and experience:
Creativity and initiative
Essential: Experience in all fields to aid trouble shooting of any problems that may arise with the X-ray generators and Electron beam microscopes.
Desirable: Experience in a similar field. Knowledge of Vacuum pumps and Chilled water systems would be an advantage.
Independent working
Motivated with a strong desire for self and team development.
The ability to apply sound judgement, sometimes in difficult or time critical situations to ensure that science is not affected, short or long term.
You should have well-developed problem solving skills.
Good decision-making.
Desirable: Experience in vacuum systems and chilled water supplies.
Verbal and written communication skills
Essential: Good verbal and written communication skills needed for dealing with internal and external customers, management and suppliers.
Desirable: Some experience communicating on a technical level with customers and suppliers.
Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:
Essential: You should be able to demonstrate a creative and flexible approach to problem solving.

Additional information:
The Mechanical Workshop has a very good reputation built on its ability to produce excellent equipment and provide a first class service to the LMB. Sometimes going the extra mile is needed, and would be expected.

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.

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