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Laboratory Analyst

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Location: Bangor
Salary: £28,125 Annual Salary (prorated for part-year working)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd February 2023
Expires: 23rd April 2023
Job Ref: JR883

6 Month Fixed Term Appointment and Full Time (37 hours per week)

Ideally starting Mon, 24th April 2023 - Mon, 23rd October 2023

Location: Bangor, North Wales and Fully Site Based

You are encouraged to apply early for this opportunity, we'll be shortlisting as we go! We reserve the right to close the vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Interviews to be held on an ad hoc basis.

We are an independent, not-for-profit research institute. Home to 600 scientists, supported by our experienced professional service teams, we provide the data and insights that researchers, governments, and businesses need to tackle some of the major environmental challenges we face today.   
 
We want you to love what you do whilst looking after yourself, so we support you with excellent benefits such as:   

  • 27 days annual leave, rising to 29 days after 5 years   
  • Above standard pension contributions   
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave 
  • A flexible approach to work, enabling you to maintain a healthy work/life balance   
  • 24 hour, 365-day access to support with physical, mental, social, health or financial issues   

Plus loads more - https://www.ceh.ac.uk/employee-benefits  

A bit about you... 

Are you an enthusiastic, competent and committed laboratory analyst?

Would you like to play a part in processing soil samples from two soil national surveys?

You'll be joining the Catchment to Coast group, part of the Soils and Land Use Science Area. The focus of the role is to deliver laboratory analysis in support of research projects. This includes supporting the day-to-day operations of laboratory facilities.

Main Responsibilities

  • Handling, preparation and processing of field-survey samples, primarily soils
  • Analytical determinations of soil including measurements of moisture content, bulk density, pH, electrical conductivity and organic matter content
  • Routine quality assurance and quality control implementation and instrument checks
  • Data input to Excel spreadsheets, including basic statistical analysis and data management
  • Contribute to the production of reports and scientific papers

Appropriate on-going training will be provided where required to deliver these and other tasks.

Here are some essential skills we are looking for: 

  • A degree in Environmental Science or similar subject
  • A working knowledge of basic laboratory analytical techniques and quality assurance is essential
  • Ability to handle and grind soils which requires standing for long periods and repetitive lifting (14 kg, 7 times an hour for half a day at a time)
  • Ability to manage time effectively to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team

We would be delighted if you also had the following skills/experience: 

  • Advanced knowledge of handling large data sets and databases
  • Knowledge of soils is desirable

If you are excited about joining us, see our careers page to apply!

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