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Job Ref:  204797374
Employer:  cv-library.co.uk
Job Type:  Permanent
Country:  United Kingdom
County/State:  London
City:  King's Cross
Salary:  £22000 - £22400/annum
15/10/2016 03:41
Laboratory Infrastructure (Fly Facility)
This is a full-time, permanent position on Crick terms and conditions.
Salary is from 22,400 per annum, subject to skills and experience


The Francis Crick Institute (the Crick) is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, University College London (UCL), Imperial College London and King's College London. It is a registered charity whose purpose is to conduct biomedical research into all aspects of human health and disease.

The institute will be a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation. It will promote connections between researchers and disciplines and between academic institutions, healthcare organisations and businesses. Dedicated to research excellence, the institute will have the scale, vision and expertise to tackle the most challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease. It will be world-class with a strong national role - training scientists and developing ideas for public good. On 1 April 2015, staff from the London Research Institute (CRUK) and National Institute for Medical Research (MRC) transferred to the Crick to form a fully functional research institute on four sites. In 2016, the Crick will move to a single new, purpose-built research centre in St. Pancras which will house some 1,500 staff.

Drosophila Melanogaster is used as a key research model in genetics, developmental biology, physiology and metabolism. The facility provides husbandry and manipulation services to five groups in the research community.


Reporting to the Fly Facility Manager, the role will involve working closely with other members of the Fly Facility team, as well as scientists and support services across the site.


As a Fly Facility Technician you will assist with the effective running of this specialist function. This will typically involve:

Supporting the Fly Facility in maintaining drosophila stocks
Carrying out microinjection procedures and genetic crosses
Ensuring that larva boxes and population cages are available for large-scale embryo collection
General cleaning and housekeeping of the facility and equipment
Occasional preparation of reagents
Ordering of supplies using the Crick ordering system
Any other reasonable duties as specified by the Fly Facility Manager or research Group Leader

Person Specification

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


Basic literacy and numeracy (eg GCSE Maths and English at grade A-C or equivalent)
Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing, with internal clients
Familiarity with Microsoft Office software


Experience of Drosophila husbandry and research
Experience of working in a scientific or healthcare environment
Handling chemicals safely and accurately
Accurate data recording

Personal qualities

Good organisational skills and an excellent eye for detail
Able to prioritise and manage own time
Contributes effectively to the work of a team
Able to follow agreed processes and protocols
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