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Exciting job opportunity for Year 2 leavers!

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Year 2 students – are you looking to take your first steps into the working world after finishing your exams? The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology has an exciting career opportunity that could be perfect for you!
All the details you need can be found below and when you’re ready, click here to make an application.


Summary details
Unit name: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB)
Division/Section: Structural Studies
Job title Assistant Divisional Administrator
*Starting Salary: £20,484 – £21,571 per annum pro rata
*Band (Grade): MRC – Band 6a
*Contract type (e.g. Open/Fixed term): Open Ended
*Hours (e.g. full or part time): Full time (36 hours) / Part time (25 hours minimum)


Detailed job description

Overall purpose:

To support the Divisional Administrator and Heads of Division in carrying out their responsibilities within the Division of Structural Studies at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

To assist the Divisional Administrator with all aspects of administrative work within the Division, with the aim of providing efficient and effective administrative services to the Division.  This will include having responsibility for specific tasks and processes.

To work collaboratively with administrative teams in the wider LMB and MRC contexts to ensure efficient and effective support to the work of the LMB.

Main duties:

To provide administrative support across routine Human Resources (HR), finance and other processes for the Division, in liaison with other LMB and UK Shared Business Services (UKSBS) teams, specifically:


Human Resources and Finance

  • Administer the procedures for members of staff joining and leaving the Division.
  • Coordinate the completion of HR and financial documentation, such as probation and non-employee expense claim forms.
  • Assist the Divisional Administrator with preparing forms and documentation required for creating and updating HR records, e.g., contracts, extensions, managerial changes.



  • Provide support and assistance to senior scientific staff, in particular assisting them with travel including booking flights, trains, hotels, taxis and coordinating reimbursements for their expenses.
  • Be the first point of contact in the Structural Studies Office for members of the Division, providing them with guidance and information which is timely, appropriate and clearly communicated, including signposting them to other sources of help when applicable.
  • Maintaining and updating databases (Filemaker) to ensure records are up-to-date and accurate.  Organising files/data in line with GDPR and preparing files for archiving.
  • Arrange seminars: coordinating accommodation for speakers, circulating seminar information, assisting with speakers’ expense claims, arranging catering.
  • Manage the Divisional Seminar series.
  • Provide secretarial support to the Workshop Committee including minute taking.
  • Manage booking for Divisional Seminar Rooms.
  • Manage shared divisional resources, e.g., photocopier, laptops, display screen, memory sticks, laser pointer, and provide assistance to Structural Studies members using these, e.g., setting up presentations on audio-visual equipment; setting up Skype or Zoom for meetings.
  • Monitor levels of stationery items and order as appropriate.
  • Assist with arrangements for Divisional/LMB events and functions.
  • Ensure the smooth running of the Divisional Office in the absence of the Divisional Administrator.
  • Provide support to other LMB teams as required to ensure efficient and effective support to the work of the LMB.
  • Assist with and perform other administrative tasks as required appropriate to the band.


Key responsibilities:

You are expected to coordinate and be responsible for routine office administration within the Division.

You are expected to manage and prioritise your own time and workload with minimal supervision on delegated tasks with appropriate standards of quality and with an emphasis on accuracy, timeliness and attention to detail.

You are required to take decisions within routine procedures and following established guidelines and processes.


Working relationships:

Reports to the Structural Studies Divisional Administrator.

Interacts with all LMB Divisional Administrators and Assistant Divisional Administrators.

Advises and assists members of the Division and other divisions across the LMB, and interacts with external people as necessary.

Interacts extensively with other administrative staff in the LMB and with teams at UKSBS.

Additional information:

The post could be full time (36 hours) or part-time (minimum of 25 hours).

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.


Equality & Diversity
The MRC values the diverse skills and experience of its employees and is committed to achieving equality of treatment for all.  Our objectives are that all individuals shall have equal opportunities for employment and advancement on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities.  The MRC is committed to the engagement and retention of the best possible talent and to creating an environment that encourages excellence in scientific research through good equalities and diversity leadership and management.


Corporate/Local responsibilities & requirements
You must at all times carry out your responsibilities with due regard to the:

  • MRC Code of Conduct
  • MRC Equality and Diversity policy
  • UKRI Health and Safety policy
  • UKRI Data Protection policy

Job descriptions should be reviewed on a regular basis and at the annual appraisal.  Any changes should be made and agreed between you and your manager.

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, the MRC and UKRI.


Person requirements
Education / qualifications / training required:

Essential: 5 GCSEs (or equivalent), including minimum Grade C/4 in Mathematics and English.

Desirable: Educated to A level, BTEC, HND or equivalent.

Previous work experience required:


  • Administrative experience in a busy office environment.
  • Administrative experience working in a laboratory or clinical environment
Knowledge and experience:

Creativity and initiative


  • Ability to provide a high standard of administrative services including the use of office equipment and technological solutions.
  • Proficiency in standard office package including Word, Excel and email; online ordering systems with an emphasis on accuracy and attention to detail.


  • Formal Word/Excel training or IT qualification (i.e. ECDL, CLAIT).
  • Experience of using Microsoft Powerpoint, Adobe Creative Suite, databases.
  • Experience of sharing and developing new ideas to develop more efficient systems
  • Ability to take initiative within bounds of post


Independent working

Essential: Ability to solve problems within guidelines with the ability to recognise when to seek help.


Verbal and written communication skills


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an emphasis on accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to deal and communicate effectively with staff at all levels including where English is not their first language.

Desirable: Has experience of providing on-the-job training to others.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:


  • Ability to organise and prioritise your own workload efficiently.
  • Proactive, flexible and keen to take on responsibility.
  • High level of personal integrity with the ability to deal with others with tact and discretion.
  • Ability to interact with multiple teams in an organised and diligent manner.

Desirable: Ability to work efficiently in an organised way with minimal supervision.