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Gensler — Career Opportunities

Laboratory Designer

Careers Site Location: London, England, UK


Gensler is a leading architecture, design, and planning firm, with 5,000+ staff in 46 locations around the world.  Our work reflects an enduring commitment to sustainability and the belief that design is one of the most powerful strategic tools for securing lasting competitive advantage.

Gensler’s London Office is seeking a Laboratory Designer to join our team of design thinkers and doers who specialise in helping to tell stories and create experiences in the context of science and technical spaces.

Do you understand Science “from the inside” and believe that the planning and design of lab and other technical spaces can make a difference? Maybe you are a scientist or planner. Maybe you are an architect. But if you enjoy working with people, solving problems, and creating effective and well-designed environments, then you might want to join the Science practice of Gensler.

A self-motivated team player with a positive, communicative and collaborative approach, the Laboratory Designer will work in partnership with colleagues across Gensler’s practice areas, as well as with vendors and stakeholders at all levels.


As a Laboratory Designer, you will tap into your boundless creativity to design unique professional environments, providing design support for completion and execution of design projects, working on all project design stages and your responsibilities will include:

  • Demonstrates creativity, passion and interest in design and planning of research laboratories. / Strong interest in laboratory design and operations
  • Highly motivated, independent worker with complex problem-solving skills
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, enthusiastic and flexible. Ability to manage multiple priorities in a demanding environment
  • Well-rounded, strategic-thinker with an integrated approach to design, management and technical project resolution who can help shape a vision for the future
  • High Level of enthusiasm and ability to positively influencing people, situations and results.
  • Ability to face new challenges, create solutions and work outside your comfort zone.
  • We seek someone who will be energized to create something new every day and who will be eager to collaborate in a team environment.
  • You have a reputation as a collaborator, building strong relationships with clients, project stakeholders and project teams and navigating complexity with great effect.
  • Provides leadership in order to carry out the goals and objectives of the project and communicates with team members in a timely manner.
  • Anticipates and develops solutions to technical and design problems following established standards.
  • Ability to convey laboratory planning needs to designers and end users.
  • Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively with client’s and their senior management representatives, scientists, laboratory managers and technicians, facilities and project managers, and other project stakeholders in determining and documenting programmatic requirements, and in planning lab environments.
  • Capable of traveling to and from project sites for attending client, project and construction meetings. 

Must Have Experience

  • Experience to include working directly with clients: their senior management representatives, scientists, laboratory managers and technicians, facilities and project managers, and other project stakeholders in determining and documenting programmatic requirements
  • Assists the client in determining goals and objectives of the health care facility through a clear programming process.
  • Prepares alternate design solutions for consideration based on client’s long-range plan during the master planning and design phases.
  • Familiarity with laboratory equipment and utility requirements.
  • Possess the ability to facilitate large group meetings with lab users.
  • Develops and maintains excellent relationships with existing and potential clients.
  • Participates in user group meetings (heads of departments, specialists, etc.) to collect program needs for laboratory specifications in technical facilities.
  • Assists in the design development, modification and/or review of laboratory planning concepts and solutions.
  • Knowledge of laboratory planning, design, construction documents, construction administration and project construction cost control for lab facilities preferred.
  • Develop alternative design proposals based on user requirements.
  • Meet with user groups to determine technical requirements of proposed laboratory spaces.

Like to Have Experience

  • Industry leading knowledge of cGMP regulations and protocols for all sorts of manufacturing/clinical, pilot plant, bio containment, etc. projects including storage and warehousing.
  • You bring a track-record of success with complex, multi-phase projects in a healthcare environment.  
  • Knowledge of technical and regulatory requirements for laboratory design preferred.
  • Prepare written program documents as required for sign-off by user groups and owners.
  • Provide technical planning expertise and leadership for laboratory facilities in the areas of programming, design, fit-out planning & equipment planning.

This job description reflects the core activities of the role although there will be changes in the emphasis of duties as required from time to time.

Please submit your CV and brief portfolio for review.

Gensler is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

If you would like to be considered for employment opportunities with Gensler and need special assistance due to a disability, or accommodation for a disability, please provide details in your application.

Gensler offers a wide array of benefits, from healthcare and dental cover to pension scheme, bonus opportunities and more!