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Senior Technician in Analytical Chemistry (Teaching & Research)

University of Reading - Technical Services

Location: Reading
Salary: £25,627 to £30,499
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 18th November 2021
Closes: 28th November 2021
Job Ref: SRF37754
 

Technical Services is seeking to appoint a Senior Technician to join a small team of technical support staff based in the School of Agriculture, Policy & Development (SAPD). The post offers excellent opportunities for working alongside world-leading experts in Sustainable Land Management and Crops Research. He/she/they will provide lead technical support for ICP-OES and GC instruments housed in adjoining laboratories, used for teaching and research purposes.

Candidates should refer to the Essential Criteria listed in the Person Specification linked to this advert, when preparing their supporting statements.

The post-holder will be responsible for:

  • The operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of a GC, an ICP-OES and associated equipment used for sample pre-treatment in the laboratory. This will include liaising with external engineers and manufacturers for services, IT hardware/software upgrades and repair visits.
  • Laboratory Coordinator duties for the SAPD analytical chemistry suite, providing oversight for equipment bookings, monitoring and maintaining excellent standards of housekeeping, hazardous waste management, stock keeping and ordering consumables.
  • Provide laboratory inductions and training in core laboratory safety equipment, to researchers and students.
  • Provide training in standard methods used in the preparation, extraction and analysis of samples generated by staff and students, for GC, ICP-OES and associated equipment.
  • Assist researchers and students in method development for sample pre-treatments and analysis using GC, ICP-OES and associated equipment.
  • Prepare and review Risk Assessments, Standard Operating Procedures and training records for core laboratory safety equipment, GC, ICP-OES and associated equipment, for Health & Safety auditing purposes.

You will have:

  • A science degree, HND, NVQ4 or equivalent, or basic professional qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g., Analytical Chemistry, Agricultural Science) or related (e.g., Soil Science, Botany, Physical Geography, Bioscience).

Interviews w/c 6th December 2021

Informal Contact Details

Contact role: Associate Director, Technical Services
Contact name: Dr Karen Wicks
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 7758
Contact email: k.wicks@reading.ac.uk

Alternative Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Technical Manager
Contact name:  Dr George Gibbings
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 6155
Contact email: j.g.gibbings@reading.ac.uk

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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