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Laboratory Manager and Analyst

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Location: Bangor
Salary: £31,200
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 21st May 2021
Closes: 21st June 2021
Job Ref: JR333

Full time (37 hours per week)

Closing date: Monday 21st June 2021

Interview date: Thursday 15th July 2021

The purpose of this post is to manage the laboratory facilities and small team of staff to ensure Quality Assurance is maintained and all samples are analysed on time, and to conduct routine laboratory analysis of environmental samples including soil, water, vegetation and gases.

The post covers two main responsibilities:

  1. Management of the laboratory facilities and staff to ensure appropriate levels of QA are maintained and all samples are analysed to meet the deadlines of individual research projects.
  2. Routine laboratory analysis of environmental samples including soil, water, vegetation and gases, working with the scientists carrying out research, and with facilities staff to manage the laboratory infrastructure.

The primary roles of this post will be to:

  1. Manage the analytical laboratory facilities at Bangor, including some equipment maintenance and troubleshooting when required;
  2. Take responsibility for all aspects of laboratory QA to ensure all analytical results are compliant with Quality Assurance protocols and proficiency schemes (e.g. JCOP, LGC AquaCheck, WEPAL soils), and assist with and co-operate in laboratory audits.
  3. Carry out routine analysis of environmental samples (waters, soils, vegetation, gases).
  4. Manage two laboratory analysts and assist in the supervision and training of PhD students using the laboratory facilities;
  5. Work with scientific researchers on the development of new methods when required;
  6. Manage the local COSHH database of chemicals.

The post holder will be expected to have a degree and PhD in a relevant subject (chemistry or environmental science, biology, earth sciences but with a focus on chemistry), or equivalent experience, plus good technical skills for instrumentation. Knowledge and experience in using one or more of the following is desirable: gas chromatography and ion chromatography, acid-based titimetry, automated colorimetric methods (e.g. discrete analyser), elemental analysers (e.g. high temperature thermal oxidation for total carbon and nitrogen). Knowledge and experience of soil science or analysis would be extremely advantageous. A proven track record in laboratory analysis, laboratory management and quality assurance is essential. An aptitude for method development and trouble-shooting would be a distinct advantage. Experience of working in environmental research would be desirable, as is experience of using software such as R or Python to automate data processing.

The post holder will be expected to have experience of managing a small team, and must have good communication skills. You will be required to have the ability to work on your own and in collaboration with scientists and non-scientists, so will need a flexible attitude, the ability to meet deadlines and have sound team-working skills.

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