Scientific Equipment Care (SEC) Service Engineer

In the Crick's Scientific Equipment Care Team.

Part of Crick Operations.

Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Job reference
£39,500 - £43,937 with benefits, subject to skills and experience
Applications closed
08 August 2022, 23:59 BST
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 27 January 2022

Reports to:

Scientific Equipment Care (SEC) Manager


Contact term:

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




Researchers at the Crick are operating over 15,000 pieces of scientific equipment. It is vital that equipment is well maintained and returned to service quickly following breakdown. The Scientific Equipment Care Service provides high quality, responsive, and cost effective, in-house service to maintain and repair scientific equipment, minimising disruption to scientific operations in the event of equipment failure.


The Scientific Equipment Care Service Engineer reports to the SEC Manager. SEC Service Engineers are multi-skilled and able to maintain and repair a diverse portfolio of scientific assets, within the laboratory and specialist science technology platforms. You will poses a high level of skills, knowledge and experience in electronic, electrical, mechanical, process control, fluids, pneumatics, refrigeration and hydraulics engineering fields. Being able to diagnose / fault find complex scientific apparatus and effect a repair. Working with end users to plan routine and reactive service visits identifying and advising users on lifecycle issues and economy of repair/replacement of scientific equipment/instruments. Support the development of prototype instruments and systems with science users.




Your duties will include:

  • Planning and conducting reactive maintenance tasks on scientific equipment / instruments
  • Planning and conducting planned maintenance activities on Scientific equipment/instruments
  • Maintain quality performance standards of systems through routine test and calibration
  • Managing the work of external service engineers
  • Advising and maintaining on critical spares inventory
  • Identifying, sourcing and procuring replacement parts for reactive tasks
  • Identifying specialist skills training for new technologies relevant to role
  • Ensuring all work is carried out in a safe manner and equipment worked on/with complies with statutory regulation such as COSHH, PUWER and IET electrical safety standards
  • Comply with Crick SHS processes and procedures
  • Maintain equipment / instrument maintenance history via the CAFM(Planon) system
  • Maintain progress updates and routine planning interfaces with end users
  • Support the development/maintenance of operating procedures and risk assessments/method statements
  • Provide an equipment / instrument development service to develop new novel / unique devices for science


This role involves significant levels of communication with scientific research and operational staff, as well as STPs and the Hard FM provider.




The Francis Crick Institute (the Crick) is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, University College London (UCL), Imperial College London and King’s College London. It is a registered charity whose purpose is to conduct biomedical research into all aspects of human health and disease.


The institute is a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation. It promotes connections between researchers and disciplines and between academic institutions, healthcare organizations and businesses. Dedicated to research excellence, the institute has the scale, vision and expertise to tackle the most challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease. It in world-class with a strong national roletraining scientists and developing ideas for public good. On 1 April 2015, staff from the London Research Institute (CRUK) and National Institute for Medical Research (MRC) transferred to the Crick to form a fully functional research institute on four sites. In 2016, the Crick moved to a single new, purpose-built research Centre in St. Pancras which houses some 1,500 staff.




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



  • ONC or City Guilds FTC in electrical / electronic engineering or relevant engineering discipline or equivalent.
  • Significant experience in equipment service engineering or related field
  • Demonstrable experience of electronic, electrical fault-finding and repair of a wide range of devices, down to component level
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to read and interpret circuit diagrams and schematics
  • Knowledgeable of relevant requirements, such as IET Electrical Equipment CoP, PUWER Risk assessment and COSHH
  • Ability to communicate well, and explain technical issues to non-technical personnel
  • Engage in continuous improvement of service delivery
  • Working to Risk Assessments Method Statement and OEM instructions
  • Self-Starter with a desire to continuously improve and develop their skills and knowledge
  • Positive attitude and work ethic
  • Attention to detail



  • Experience of working on scientific equipment
  • Experience of working with high containment and/or animal facilities
  • Experience of preparing SOPs, risk assessments and method statements
  • Experience and a qualification in Inspection and Testing of Electrical equipment (Portable Appliance Testing)
  • Qualifications and experience working with mechanical and refrigerant systems


Please note: all offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.