Senior Laboratory Research Scientist / Engineer – Making Lab

In the Crick's Stp |Making Stp.

Applies an in-depth knowledge of research, technical or other scientific practices, methods and procedures gained through either experience and/or formal academic qualifications and applies this knowledge to provide a range of specialist activities. Senior Laboratory Research Scientist is the level at which careers in this functional family typically stabilise.
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Key information

Job reference
From £36,500 subject to skills and experience
Applications closed
18 September 2022, 23:59 BST
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 26 August 2022

Senior Laboratory Research Scientist / Engineer – Making Lab

Reports to: Head of Making Lab Science Technology Platform (STP)

This is a full-time, permanent SLRS/Engineer position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.

Senior Laboratory Research Scientists (SLRS) are expected to lead several projects, including their own, and collaborate within the STP and externally. The ability to work in a team and for other groups, as well as to contribute to the day-to-day running of the laboratory is essential


The Making Lab is a Science Technology Platform (STP) working at the interface of engineering and biology with a multidisciplinary team of engineers and biologists. We combine approaches from engineering and biomedical research to develop innovative devices and help answer complex research questions. Working in collaboration with Crick’s groups across key areas of research in Cancer, Development, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, Structural Biology, our aim is to support the development of biomedical projects with a strong technological focus. Within the state-of-the-art Crick’s research facilities, the Making Lab provides access and training to cutting-edge technology and expertise in three main areas: Microfluidics and biomaterials, Electronics and Optics, Mechanics and Manufacturing.

The Making STP aims to be a creative and collaborative space, working closely with Crick groups, other STPs and partner universities to exchange skills, ideas, and techniques. As part of the global Making in Research culture, we believe it is fundamental to bring world class new and innovative prototyping and programming methods, as well as training scientists in DIY rapid prototyping, adapted to their specific needs.  Taken together, these bespoke and DIY routes of work enable biomedical discovery throughout the Crick and the wider research community.

Project Summary

We are seeking a highly collaborative and self-motivated senior laboratory scientist / engineer to develop collaborations and joint experimental designs for innovative in-vitro platforms focusing on microfluidics and biomaterials with a particular emphasis on multidisciplinary technological development. Practically, the selected candidate will collaborate with Crick groups to provide expertise to engineer innovative and robust tools for quantitative cell/tissue behaviour study in well-defined and controlled 3D environment. The proposed position will cover various engineering concepts such as microfluidics, micropatterning, biosensors, bioprinting, material characterisation, 3D cell culture and organoids and will collaborate with groups working in the areas of development and stem cells, cell biology, cancer cells behaviour, structural and chemical biology, infection and immunity, microfabrication and bioengineering. The successful applicant will have a strong background in microfluidics chip design and manufacturing, biomaterials and cell biology to oversee the design of the experiments, perform the tests with the collaborating laboratory, and interpret the corresponding results analysis for system optimisation.

The role is ideally suited for a creative individual with a strong interest in technology development, driving forward projects, from experimental design to manufacturing and support on the most effective ways the STP can contribute to research projects. The candidate will provide expertise and support to Crick’s groups for their research, lead projects for technological development, contribute to the STP projects on a collaborative basis and train users of the platform on DIY access. The candidate will work in close collaboration with multiple groups and STPs as well as the translation team within the Crick and have ample opportunities to develop their skills. The applicant will be expected to show great collaboration skills, passion to develop new approaches and willingness to challenge ideas and iterate quickly to deliver outstanding support to Crick groups and STPs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work within the Making Lab team, and collaborating groups at Francis Crick Institute and beyond
  • Lead projects, liaise and coordinate between all the project collaborators and the STP
  • Provide high quality service and support for the microfluidics and biomaterial activity in close collaboration with the Making Lab staff
  • Provide high quality service and support for the bioprinting activity in close collaboration with the Making Lab staff
  • Teaching and training on our variety of equipment and methods Crick’s researchers and member of the STP
  • Develop and implement approaches for high-quality and timely delivery of in-vitro systems defined by colleagues throughout the Crick, including the Making STP.
  • Identify unmet needs in biology related to the Making activity and design project to address them
  • Maintain equipment and STP inventory related to the activity
  • Attend and present results at lab meetings. Report on a regular basis to the head of Making Lab
  • Contribute to the dissemination of scientific results by means of writing papers for publication and presenting orally and in poster form at external meetings.
  • Contribute to the broader activity scope of the Making Lab

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, imaginative, open, dynamic and collegial, in addition to the following:

  • Engineering degree or PhD in live science, bioengineering OR equivalent level of experience interfacing in biology and engineering
  • Experience in microfluidic systems, chip design and fabrication to develop in vitro assays
  • Experience in bioprinting and biomaterials
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and commitment to teamwork
  • Ability to understand different user needs, and foster a well-functioning and creative community
  • Outstanding organisational skills, able to balance multiple activities in parallel ranging from procurement to teaching and training
  • The candidate must demonstrate an open-minded approach to new directions and developments in the life sciences with the ability to carry out goal driven technological development projects, whilst maintaining an excellent level of support to institute researchers.
  • Experience in communicating technical topics to the public is desirable
  • Knowledge in 3D CAD design, CAM and CNC manufacturing is desirable
  • Previous experience of multidisciplinary working is desirable

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We welcome applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, pregnancy, age, disability, or civil partnership, marital or family status. We particularly welcome applications from people who are Minority Ethnic as they are currently underrepresented in the Crick at this level.

Diversity is essential to excellence in scientific endeavour. It increases breadth and perspective, leading to more innovation and creativity. We want the Crick to be a place where everyone feels valued and where diversity is celebrated and seen as part of the foundation for our Institute’s success.

The Crick is committed to creating equality of opportunity and promoting diversity and inclusivity. We all share in the responsibility to actively promote dignity, respect, inclusivity and equal treatment and it is our aim to ensure that these principles are reflected and implemented in all strategies, policies and practices.

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