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The Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell (MLC) https://www.har.mrc.ac.uk/ is located in an expanding science and innovation campus 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 number of research groups across the UK to accelerate our understanding of human diseases, such as cancer, developmental disorders and neurodegeneration.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a great place to work and progress your career. The MRC encourages the integration of clinical and discovery research to elucidate both disease processes and potential new therapies. The MLC provides vital scientific support for the UK biomedical community and 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.

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found atwww.ukri.org

Job description 

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has an ambitious programme to improve the environmental sustainability of their institutes and of the life science research sector as a whole. This role will support the ongoing work of the environmental sustainability team within MRC Harwell to improve the sustainability of the site and contribute to the MRC’s wider programme. The post-holder will be trained and will then work with the team and with other key individuals onsite to improve environmental sustainability.

This role represents an excellent opportunity for a mid-degree student to get a taste of real-world applications of environmental sustainability techniques and knowledge, as well as to make a meaningful impact to the sustainability of the site at which they will be hosted.

Main duties/key responsibilities

  • Working with the environmental sustainability team
  • Training will be provided to enable the post-holder to understand the MRC Harwell site
  • Reviewing the site’s supply chain and assessing its sustainability
  • Contacting suppliers and reviewing documents
  • Following processes and recording data
  • Compiling and helping to compile reports
  • Taking actions to improve environmental sustainability

Working relationships

The post-holder will work with a range of stakeholders inside and outside of the site:

  • MRC Harwell operational staff and decision makers
  • MRC Harwell’s Environmental Sustainability Officer
  • The Head Office Environmental Sustainability and Estates team
  • The Finance team
  • Supply chain and supplier contacts

Additional information

This 12-week internship role will focus primarily upon reviewing the environmental sustainability of MRC Harwell’s supply chain. The post-holder will work with key suppliers and purchasers to understand the environmental impact of their goods and/or services. This will involve requesting and chasing information directly from suppliers, curating the resulting information and drawing conclusions and actions from the data received.

Education/qualifications/training required


  • A fundamental understanding of environmental sustainability
  • Undertaking a degree in environmental sustainability or a related topic
  • Passionate about environmental sustainability, with a desire to undertake a career in the sector
  • Proactive and confident to talk to a range of stakeholders
  • An understanding of Scope 1, 2 & 3 carbon emissions and how they arise


  • Knowledge of how the supply chain contributes to environmental impact
  • Understanding of, and the ability to calculate, Scope 3 emissions

Personal skills/behaviours/qualities


  • Proactive and enthusiastic
  • Confident and persuasive