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Quadrant Laboratory Operations Manager

The Francis Crick Institute
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity available for a Quadrant Laboratory Operations Manager to join one of the world s leading research Institutes at a crucial time in its evolution, and play a definitive role in shaping it for the future. You will join us on a full-time, permanent basis, and in return, you will receive a competitive salary from GBP52,120 per annum with benefits, subject to skills and experience.

The Quadrant Laboratory Operations Manager role:

As our Quadrant Laboratory Operations Manager you will report directly to the Hub Lead to support and maintain laboratory operations in a quadrant and throughout the institute.

The role is an important link with Group Leaders, Laboratory Research Scientists (LRSs), Postdocs, Students, Health and Safety (H&S), HR, Procurement, Finance, Logistics and Facilities & Infrastructure (F&I) teams, as well as working closely with other Quadrant Managers.

Each floor has approximately 40 research laboratories and associated Science Technology Platforms (STPs), with up to 450 staff.

Responsibilities of our Quadrant Laboratory Operations Manager:

These include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the efficient day to day running of the research laboratories located on the quadrant, including STPs, providing assistance and advice to ensure that all activities within the laboratories comply with Crick policies.
  • Ensuring the operations and day-to-day management of the quadrant communal facilities (tissue culture, equipment and cold rooms), including but not limited to upkeep, servicing and repair of equipment, maintaining safety standards.
  • Contributing to lab space planning with the quadrant laboratories e.g. upgrades, refurbishments and repairs including overseeing commissioning of areas in a quadrant, working closely with the Facilities & Infrastructure Team.
  • Supporting the Technical Team Manager with the supervision and development of the Laboratory Operations Assistants/Technicians for the quadrant.
  • Supporting the Asset Management Team by providing local quadrant knowledge for service contract agreements and existing warranties for laboratory equipment, including managing surplus/obsolete equipment.
  • Liaising with the Procurement Team to negotiate best costs when purchasing equipment and consumables for the quadrant laboratories.
  • Advising and assist staff with unresolved ordering related issues, working closely with the Finance and Logistics Teams.
  • Ensuring Quadrant compliance with Crick s overall policies and standards for waste and recycling.

Skills and experience we are looking for in our Quadrant Laboratory Operations Manager:

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:

  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a science discipline or have extensive laboratory management experience.
  • Good knowledge of relevant Health and Safety issues including biological, radiological and chemical safety. Training will be provided as required. (i.e. NEBOSH, IOSH).
  • The post-holder must have a broad understanding and experience of scientific procedures and specialised equipment requirements within a research environment.
  • Wide laboratory experience preferably with some administrative responsibilities.
  • Experience of managing both equipment and consumable budgets.
  • Understands strategic management and operational issues within a research institute.
  • Able to establish good relationships with stakeholders and staff and builds wide and effective networks of contacts inside and outside the organization.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to deal confidently and diplomatically with a range of staff at all levels.
  • Advanced Microsoft office IT skills essential and database experience desirable.


  • The position requires a good general appreciation of the Crick s research activities.
  • Experience in dealing with representatives from scientific companies and contractors as well as negotiation with suppliers (desirable).

Closing date: 28/Jun/.59 GMT

If you feel you have the skills and experience to become our Quadrant Laboratory Operations Manager, please click apply today, we d love to hear from you!

All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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