Estates and Engineering Opportunities - Mary Lyon Centre

The Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell (MLC)  is located in an expanding science innovation park in Oxfordshire and is an internationally renowned centre at the forefront of genetics research.  As the hub of the new National Mouse Genetics Network, the specialist facilities and capabilities of the MLC support a package of distinctive research clusters spread across the UK to accelerate our understanding of human disease.



The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or in the support functions. The MRC encourages the integration of clinical and discovery research to elucidate both disease processes and potential new therapies. The Mary Lyon Centre focuses on preclinical research using mouse models, which supports clinical research and therapy discovery. 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.

About our roles:

Here at the MRC we have a number of fantastic opportunities available, as we look to expand and grow our Estates and Engineering functions. This is an exciting time to join us as we work to increase our pool of expertise in this area

At the MRC, we require staff to observe, at all times, the Health and Safety at Work Regulations in order to maintain a safe working environment.


The roles we have available are:

Building Services Assistant – This role involves assisting in the carrying out of general repairs, maintenance and installation work in accordance with the relevant regulations and the MRC’s specifications and Codes of Practice.


You will carry out emergency repair works and ongoing general maintenance to all buildings (including minor decorating and carpentry work). You will also assist engineers in carrying out day-to-day maintenance work.

If you have a City & Guilds level 2 & 3 (or an NVQ accredited equivalent) and good knowledge of varied maintenance, as well as a passion for fixing things and problem solving, this is the perfect role for you.

Electrical Technician – This is a crucial position assisting with carrying out of electrical repairs and installation work in accordance with the IEE Regulations and the Medical Research Council's specifications and Codes of Practice.


You will work to undertake installation, operation, fault finding and maintenance of the MRC Estate’s wide range of electrical building services, including lighting and emergency lighting/general power 230–415V, fire alarms, door access, IT and communication systems.

You will also have an active role in site services condition surveys and where required, formal inspection testing and verification of electrical systems.

This role will suit anyone with a recognised electrical qualification (BS7671 Wiring Regulations or similar) or in the final year of a recognised apprenticeship scheme with  proven experience in a relevant engineering field.

Senior Mechanical Technician  The role is responsible for leading on the day-to-day management and execution of maintenance on mechanical site services (heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), domestic water systems (DWS), piped water distribution, hot and cold water systems, chilled water, steam, compressed air). Overseeing internal and external works, the Senior Mechanical Technician will be responsible for ensuring the mechanical plant is performing effectively and is managed and retained in a serviceable condition, undertaking routine maintenance, and scheduling works to adhere to industry and safety standards.


To succeed in this role you will be educated to City & Guilds level 3 (or an NVQ accredited equivalent) in a mechanical engineering discipline (HVAC/pipefitting/plumbing etc.). You will have proven experience in the building services industry and a working knowledge of mechanical piped systems and design.



Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UK Research and Innovation (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 a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of a world-class medical research organisation.

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 equality and diversity leadership and management.

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