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Molecular Biology Assistant

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Industry: Science and Technology
Description: The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world. It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet. We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.
Job Description

About the role

As part of forming one division within the museum’s Core Research Laboratories, the Molecular Biology Labs actively contribute to research in biological diversity.

You will support the development and diagnostic activities, including sequencing. You will also support laboratory staff to maintain lab space, equipment and resources for curators, researchers and students in their work.

About you

You will have a BSc degree in Biology or relevant field and/or equivalent experience, as well as demonstratable experience of applying molecular biology techniques.

In addition, you will have demonstrable time management, organisational skills and ability to work independently. Experience of maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in a laboratory or similar environment with full consideration to health and safety. As well as data analysis experience and strong attention to detail will be essential.

Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 16 February 2021

Interviews expected: 4 – 5 March 2021     

What we offer

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution up to 10%)
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across the country, such as the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Royal Academy and Tate
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including a free digital Tastecard, discounted cinema tickets and corporate membership of English Heritage sites (including Dover Castle and Stonehenge). For more details, visit
  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi
  • Staff discounts at a range of local businesses and services
  • Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loans
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Professional development opportunities - We are committed to the professional development of our staff and offer a range of courses to ensure they reach their potential.  We also sponsor professional qualifications and job-related professional membership fees.


How to apply


If that sounds like you please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal, and provide:

•       A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.

•       A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the person specification.


Salary: £26,208
Employment Type: Full Time
Contact Information
Name: Natural History Museum careers team