|Placed On:||10th December 2021|
|Closes:||8th February 2022|
Full time (37 hours)
Based at UKCEH Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP
Applications to be reviewed upon receipt
This is a fantastic opportunity for a chemist to join the Analytical Chemistry group. The laboratories have cutting edge instruments and combine analyses with innovation as well as maintain high quality standard (UKAS - accredited to ISO17025:2017).
The focus of the role is on conducting inorganic, organic and stable isotopes analyses in a wide range of environmental samples to assist in the understanding a wide range of environmental questions.
To address the new environmental questions we need novel methodologies and/or approaches. Proactive and innovative individuals will find this post especially rewarding.
Preparation and analysis of a wide variety of matrices including water to soils, biota, vegetation among others.
Initially the job will involve all aspects of the chemical analysis of environmental samples including of organic compounds using GCMS; GCMS/MS, LCMS/MS, such as old and new POPs, PLFAs, pesticides, PFCs, etc as well as nutrients measurements, determination of physical properties (such as pH, conductivity), moisture content and loss of ignition and the operation of automated techniques: e.g. alkalinity, ion chromatography, automated colorimetry, carbon and nitrogen analyser and an elemental analyser. However, depending on the science needs you are expected to perform other types of chemical measurement.
The post holder will also be expected to work within the laboratory’s quality system and ISO 17025.
Instruments troubleshooting and maintenance including direct liaison with instrument manufacturers
Ability to do method development and validate new instruments
General maintenance of equipment and instrumentation
Maintaining a good laboratory environment
Purchasing of general equipment and reagents
Knowledge & Qualifications
A degree (2:1) in Environmental Chemistry and/or at ideally 3 years’ experience in an accredited laboratory
Proven experience in environmental chemical analyses- namely the methods listed in the job description
A proven ability to successfully prepare samples
Demonstrates the ability to produce well regarded, high quality and reproducible data
Proficiency with LIMS, Excel and instrument specific software packages e.g. Mass Lynx
An aptitude for solving analytical problems, self-motivated and with enthusiasm for the subject
A flexible attitude and adaptable
Takes a methodical approach to work
Able to work independently and manages own time effectively.
Takes responsibility for tasks but knows when to seek advice
Excellent oral communication skills
Scientifically numerate and with good mathematical skills
Excellent written communication skills
Core Behaviours & Values
You will demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to UKCEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Teamwork.
Previous successful experience of working in a laboratory accredited to ISO 17025:2005
Proven troubleshooting skills
Experience of method development
Experience of MassHunter, Mass Lynx, Chromeleon, Xcalibur
Proficiency with LIMS.
What we offer
To find out the benefits of working with UKCEH, please follow the link for a summary. https://www.ceh.ac.uk/sites/default/files/UKCEH-Terms-and-Conditions-Summary.pdf
How to Apply
To apply for this position, click the Apply link. As well as a CV, please provide a covering letter detailing why you may be suitable for the role.
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