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Geochemistry Technician

British Geological Survey

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £25,702
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Closes: 6th October 2021
Job Ref: 210000YG

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts.

BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employs 650 people. It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Geochemistry Technician to work in the Stable Isotope Facility based at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.

Based within the BGS Environmental Change, Adaptation and Resilience Challenge, you will help with the preparation and analysis of samples for environmental science research.

Duties will include mass spectrometry, working with vacuum lines, preparation of environmental materials (including wet chemistry, filtering, sieving), picking, high precision weighing, and data c alculations ready for interpretation.

This role will also involve writing reports, updating procedures and undertaking experiments to improve analytical processes. You will fully comply with health & safety, risk assessments, and COSSH requirements for the laboratory. There will also be some laboratory administration including ordering and tracking consumables.

About you

Ideally, we are looking for a graduate with a good degree in environmental science, chemistry or a related science subject. We will also consider applicants without a degree but with equivalent relevant work experience.

You will also have A-levels in science subjects.

It is essential that you have experience with analytical equipment, proven organisational abilities and have worked both unsupervised and as part of a team.

Please also refer to the specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.

What we offer

A generous benefits package is also offered, including a very competitive pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, free parking and access to flexi-time.

We will offer excellent training and development opportunities to the right candidate tailored to their specific needs and career goals

We also offer the ‘Bike to Work’ scheme, free parking, health and wellbeing support, social clubs and on-site sports facilities.

How to apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process. A well thought through application addressing the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.

Interviews are expected to be held in late-October 2021 in Keyworth.

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