Hazardous Waste Technician – Operations Group – Domestic Services – LMB 2179

Medical Research Council

View Vacancy — Hazardous Waste Technician – Operations Group – Domestic Services – LMB 2179
Open Date
16/06/2023, 09:00
Close Date
16/07/2023, 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.

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found at www.ukri.org

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£20,484 – £24,871 per annum



Full Time

Overall purpose: 

To collect and treat (if required) ready for disposal different types of hazardous waste generated including, but not limited to, clinical, chemical, anatomical, and radioactive waste, produced by the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

You will play a vital role within the LMB. You will be relied upon to ensure that the labs are kept clear of hazardous waste and that all waste leaving the building is correctly collected, treated, sealed, and documented.

Main duties/ Key responsibilities:

•    Collection of waste chemicals prior to disposal.
•    Collection of radioactive waste prior to disposal.
•    Collection and autoclaving of bio-hazardous waste from the Containment Level 2 Facilities and Biological Services suite prior to disposal.
•    Collection of glass waste prior to disposal.
•    Keeping records for disposal of waste.

Working relationships:  

You will be working for the Domestic Services Manager and/or their Supervisor as part of the Operations group. 

Additional information:

As a Hazardous Waste Technician, you will commit to undertaking the following:
•    Working to the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. 
•    Attending training courses.
•    Identifying additional training, which will support you to develop your career.
•    Taking all measures necessary to ensure your own and other employees health & safety.
•    Undertaking an internal health screening.

Education / qualifications / training required: 

•    General standard of education.
•    Computer literate.

Undertaken a COSHH course.
•    Formal or informal training in chemical and bio-hazard safety.

Previous work experience required:  

Essential: Previous relevant hazardous waste collection experience. 

Desirable: Has worked in a laboratory or hospital environment.

Knowledge and experience: 

Essential: Detailed understanding of hazardous and chemical waste and its disposal.

Desirable: A good working knowledge of autoclaves.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities: 

Independent working

•    Proven skills in working independently with minimum supervision.
•    Ability to plan own workload. 
•    Ability to demonstrate good time management.

Verbal and written communication skills

•    Ability to listen and understand instructions.
•    Ability to document information accurately.
•    Good interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with and communicate effectively with staff at all levels. 

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.  The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

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