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Our benefits

Flexible working

Our core hours are 37.5 per week between the hours of 7.30 am – 6.00 pm.  Flexible working is a key element of our culture and we have a number of different arrangements, including flexible hours, part-time hours, and hybrid working to enable our staff to get the right balance between work and personal life.

Family-friendly policies

We offer enhanced maternity, paternity, and adoption leave so that you can spend more time with the people that matter the most. We are committed to making our policies family-friendly.

Holiday and leave

We offer 25 days of annual leave with the Bank Holidays on top and additional company holiday between Christmas and New Year.

Company sick pay

We recognise the importance of ensuring people are supported through any period of absence and their subsequent return to work.That’s why we have a generous company sick pay scheme in place

Pay and pensions

Our salaries are competitive, we benchmark to make sure that we are offering fair packages in line with other organisations in our sector with a focus  on rewarding excellent performance.

In addition to this, we offer a generous pension scheme with an employer contribution starting at 8% employer for  0% employee contributions,up to 18% for a 5% employee contribution.

Learning and developmental opportunities

As a new Institute we are growing and this provides excellent learning and development opportunities for our people.  Whether it be further education, professional qualifications or learning new skills on the job, we encourage all our people to be the best they can at what they do.

Through our many collaborations and partnerships, our people get the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects, making an amazing contribution to the world of science and work with esteemed professionals in their field.


We have a brand new hub building with world-class laboratory facilities with open plan social areas for people to come together. It really is an amazing place to work and collaborate.

We are located on the Harwell Science and Innovation campus which has an array of sports and recreation facilities open for all staff as well as a subsidised canteen and other food outlets. Which creates a great campus feel when working here and access to many additional networks, groups and events.

Our social committee hold regular social events and get togethers, and staff can access a range of networks and professional groups across the campus.


Our generous Perk Box offering not only gives excellent discounts on shopping, restaurants, entertainment, technology and gift cards.  All our people have a free coffee or treat voucher weekly and free cinema voucher monthly.

There is also support when needed through the on-line employee assistance, giving advice and support for a variety of life events and access to counselling should you need it.

Commute and parking

Free parking is available with charging points for electric vehicles, as well as bike storage facilities and showers for those who prefer to cycle. A bus pass discount scheme is also available.

Wellbeing at the Franklin

Keeping our people both physically and mentally well is important to us.  Lock down has been a challenging event for many people.  During this time we’ve reached out to our people to offer advice and support and this is being further enhanced through our occupational health offering.

Other benefits include Flu vaccinations, eyesight tests and contribution towards glasses.

Rosalind Franklin Institute