Technician

University of Stirling

Location: Stirling Campus

The Post

This post is funded to provide technical support for Nutrition Analytical Service. The Nutrition Analytical Service was created in 1998 as the commercial arm of the Lipid Nutrition Group at the Institute of Aquaculture. The Nutrition Analytical Service possesses a wide range of analytical skills that provide advice and analysis to the aquafeed, fish farming and processing, agricultural and food producing sectors.

The Nutrition Analytical Service (NAS) currently operates to the ISO 17025 standard for analytical laboratories. The NAS is committed to developing a quality assurance system that meets the requirements of BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2000 and to achieving accreditation for a defined scope from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

This post will involve working within the Nutrition laboratories at the Institute of Aquaculture on the Stirling Campus.

Suitable candidates will ideally have experience with general laboratory equipment and related protocols. The candidate will have good organisational and practical skills, together with an ability to collect data with care and attention to detail, and to communicate and work effectively with other team members. A flexible approach to job requirements in order to balance demands of the work is desirable.

Description of Duties

Reporting to the NAS technical manager, the successful candidate will:

Perform analyses of samples of fish and fish feed using a range of analytical procedures for commercial clients

Carry out biochemical assays on various sample types for a variety of analytical parameters

Record results of experiments/ sample testing and pass to senior colleagues for further analysis and reporting

Provide support to staff in ensuring the smooth running of laboratories in the relevant areas to include ensuring tidiness, cleaning of glassware, disposal of laboratory waste, booking in samples for analysis, archiving data and maintaining stocks of general consumables

Carry out routine monitoring, maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment as required

Perform other duties, consistent with the role, as designated by the Technical Manager or assigned person

For further information, including essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see www.stir.ac.uk/jobs

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