Laboratory Technician (Fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Geography

Location: University Park
Salary: £22,494 to £26,829 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Applications are invited to support a NERC-funded project studying lakes in West Greenland entitled ‘Ecological effects of glaciofluvial dust deposition on Arctic lakes’. The post will be based in the School of Geography, reporting to the project investigator Professor Suzanne McGowan. The successful candidate will be expected to work alongside a larger project team including researchers from Loughborough University and the British Geological Survey, and to participate in field expeditions to West Greenland. The technician will liaise with a dynamic and friendly team of laboratory staff, and with a research active team of academics at Nottingham and four excellently-equipped laboratories. 

The successful candidate will participate in several field trips to West Greenland that will last for up to one month duration. In Greenland, the applicant will stay at a field station in Kangerlussuaq, and be responsible for assisting in lake sampling, construction of lake-based mesocosm experiments, assisting with set up and analysis of bioassay experiments, helping to maintain an on-site water analytical laboratory and conducting water chemistry and enzyme assays, and communicating the project activities by social media. Field work will involve long walks to remote sites. The technician will assist with logistics and planning of each field trip and will be responsible for processing and analysis of samples in the UK. UK-based procedures may include high-performance liquid chromatography, elemental analysis, microscopic plankton identification, data collation and simple calculations, risk assessment and similar analyses as required. Therefore, some experience of analytical techniques and instrumentation is essential and the applicant should be willing to receive training as appropriate. Because of the diverse demands of this role we are seeking a flexible applicant that is equally comfortable in the field and laboratory.

Candidates must have a minimum of HNC in Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Sciences or equivalent, a full drivers licence, familiarity with basic laboratory, COSHH and risk assessment procedures, an ability to make decisions and work under their own initiative as well as being a team member, IT skills (including the use of spreadsheets) and a flexible approach to working. It is desirable that the candidate has some experience of field work in challenging and varied conditions, water chemistry analysis, HPLC analysis, light microscopy and training in boat safety and first aid, but training will be provided as necessary.

The candidate will be required to drive to field sites, to collect samples. The candidate will usually be accompanied by another driver but because the field sites are in remote regions, we require two qualified drivers for health and safety reason in the event of incidents.

This post is offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 12 months. The hours are full-time (36.25 per week during weekdays, however some flexibility will be required during field expeditions).

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Suzanne McGowan, Email: suzanne.mcgowan@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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