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Laboratory Operations Assistant – Service Delivery

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Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Short summary

As a member of the Service Delivery team, the post-holder will provide support for the research and Science Technology Platform (STP) laboratories based at the Francis Crick Institute on Midland Road. Laboratory Operations Assistants (LOAs) are typically assigned to one quadrant, but are expected to work in other areas as required and therefore daily tasks may vary. This role allows the opportunity to develop into a more technical post where duties include supporting with stock management; scientific equipment maintenance, Health & Safety management & working with scientific groups to ensure the smooth running of the laboratories.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintaining the organisation and cleanliness of the laboratory areas including the removal of waste.
  • Handling hazardous materials safely and according to protocols, including preparing hazardous waste for safe disposal
  • Delivering consumables and other items to members of the research labs
  • Stock management of the quadrant’s supply store, including stock checking, updating the online/ electronic stock control book, receiving deliveries and restocking the store areas
  • Be proficient in filling Liquid Nitrogen vessels as required. Training will be given.
  • Care and cleaning of scientific equipment and organizing reagents and chemicals. Appropriate training will be provided
  • Any other duties as specified by the Quadrant Manager.  

Key experience and competencies


  • Minimum of Mathematics, science and English GCSE and/or experience gained in a relevant technical or service provision role
  • Basic computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Able to accurately follow work instructions, record information and carry out tasks in a diligent manner.
  • Excellent communication skills in order to interact with lab members and assist in co-ordinating lab activities 

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy. 

  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
  • The closing date for applications is 03.10.2023
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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