Our Operations team supports the Crick's researchers to do the best possible science.


We have opportunities to work in areas ranging from finance and HR to science administration and engineering.

Whether it's providing a modern and robust computing infrastructure, running an efficient procurement system or making sure that laboratory glassware is clean and well stocked, the Operations team works to ensure that those doing science can focus on research.

We have cross-cutting teams such as IT, finance, HR, communications, public engagement and executive support who run many of the Crick's institutional activities.

Keeping a complex building like the Crick's central London home running requires teams such as health and safety, facilities management, security, engineering, waste management and logistics.

Our researchers' day-to-day operational needs are met by dedicated teams on each floor of the Crick building who do everything from arranging travel and diaries, to ensuring that lab spaces have the right equipment and resources.

Also within operations are the people who run the facilities crucial to research. These are the teams responsible for aspects such as building maintenance, sterilising glassware, preparing reagents and culture media, or repairing scientific equipment.


Jean O'Leary

Jean O'Leary, Senior Science Operations Administrator

"I look after the smooth running of a floor’s administrative function, managing a team of administrators who support scientists.

I feel privileged that I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the Crick and to work in such an inspiring building alongside such a vibrant and diverse scientific community.

Working within such an open and friendly environment and supporting scientists from around the world means that every day is different and my role is continually developing and growing."  

Zolaine Patel

Zolaine Patel, HR Services Manager

"I manage a team of HR coordinators who are the first point of contact for HR-related queries.

One of my favourite things about working at the Crick is how involved you can get with different pieces of work that interest you, and the opportunities to work with people from outside your direct team. 

I was seconded to the Crick for a year from Cancer Research UK and then secured a permanent position here. I have felt supported throughout my career progression from Cancer Research UK to the Crick." 

Guy Hallifax

Guy Hallifax, Project Engineer

"My role is to provide engineering support to all occupants of the Crick. So, for example, I spend time talking to scientists and others to achieve optimal conditions in the laboratories and research units. 

I like the feeling that I play a role, no matter how small, in advancing scientific discovery. 

What gets me out of bed every morning is the variety. I never know what my next project will be, and I try to treat each one as an opportunity to learn something new."


Emily Lau

Emily Lau, Laboratory Operations Assistant

“The laboratory operations team supports the scientists so that they don’t have to sweat the small stuff.

We cover everything from making deliveries to general housekeeping and keeping the labs well-stocked.

I absolutely love being at work. My favourite thing about working at the Crick is definitely the people.”

Jude D'Souza

Jude D'Souza, IT&S Support Team Leader

“I ensure that the helpdesk provides excellent IT support and customer service to staff and visitors at the Crick.
We use the latest technology at the Crick so there’s always something new to learn. 
The friendly and open environment means that it’s easy to meet new people and get to know them. I look forward to coming to work each day.”

Tony Crane

Tony Crane, Laboratory Operations Assistant

“I look after a group of labs on the Crick’s second floor. I service all the labs, cold rooms and tissue cultures and help the scientists with anything that they might need. 
It’s a great place to work and you meet interesting people from all areas of the world with a huge range of scientific backgrounds.”


How to apply

If you're interested in joining our Operations team, take a look at our current vacancies.

Service partners

Our service partners are all part of the Crick community. They look after some of our operations functions, and all vacancies are managed directly by the employing companies.

Service partners

Ron quote

As front of house manager, I work with our reception team and security officers to make sure that our day-to-day building operations run smoothly.

I also coordinate security, logistics and waste services for events when required, and it’s great to see an event go from a brief to a well-executed end result.

I enjoy working with the team to welcome the clients, guests and employees that come through the Crick doors every day.

Ron Don
Ronald Don, Front of House Manager