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5 Jan 2024

Full-Time Analytical Chemistry Technician

UKCEH – Posted by UKCEH Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Salary – £29,733 to £38,463 Depending on experience
Fully Site Based
Permanent and Full Time
Closing date for applications, Wed, 31st January 2024. We reserve the right to close this advert early if we find the right candidate, so we encourage you to apply early.



UKCEH is looking for an experienced Analytical Chemistry Technician to join our 650-strong team, contributing to scientific discovery and generating the data, insights and solutions that researchers, businesses and governments need to solve complex environmental challenges.

Working at UKCEH is rewarding. Our science makes a real difference, enabling people and the environment to prosper, and enriching society. We are the custodians of a wealth of environmental data, collected by UKCEH and its predecessors over the course of more than 60 years.

As a valued member of our team, you’ll get:

• 27 days annual leave, rising to 29 days after five years
• 10% pension contribution
• Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
• 24 hour, 365-day access to support with physical, mental, social, health or financial issues
• Flexible working opportunities
And much more…


We have an exciting opportunity to join our Analytical Chemistry Group.  UKCEH have world class laboratories with cutting edge instruments. We combine a high-quality standard of analyses (UKAS – accredited to ISO17025:2017) with innovation.


You will need experience in stable isotope analyses, in a wide range of environmental samples, to assist in the understanding of a multitude of environmental questions, and for a wide range of science areas. You will also support the organic and inorganic chemistry laboratories according to demand. Together with the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of a pool of analytical instruments, writing SOPs and validating new instruments and methods.


We can carry out analysis of 15N, 13C, 34S, 18O and 2H in ecological matrices – gases, water, plants, soils, among others!   A background in ecology would be advantageous, with an understanding of the C, N, S and water cycles in nature.


This is an entirely laboratory-based role, without a fieldwork component.


You’ll be joining a leading independent, not-for-profit research institute that’s committed to recruiting talented people like you, progressing your career and giving you the support you need to thrive at UKCEH.


Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Preparing materials, equipment and resources for laboratory analyses of stable isotopes
  • Sample management
  • Innovating and validating new methods and instruments, writing SOPs
  • Sample preparation (drying, weighing, grinding) and sample extraction
  • Operating, maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory instruments
  • Develop an understanding of high-quality data, contributing to the integrity of the science delivery of projects to funders
  • General laboratory housekeeping duties including:- safe storage of chemicals (COSHH), maintaining a safe and tidy laboratory environment, ensuring the supply of consumable items, stock rotation and waste disposal
  • Liaising with suppliers of laboratory equipment and chemicals
  • Working within the laboratory’s quality system and ISO17025


For the role of Analytical Chemistry Technician, we’re looking for somebody who has:

  • A degree in Environmental Chemistry or closely related area, or equivalent experience, with knowledge in ecology
  • Proven experience in operating stable isotope laboratory instruments
  • Experience gained in an accredited or similarly regulated busy, scientific research laboratory
  • Demonstrable experience in method validation
  • The ability to produce high quality and reproducible data
  • Good numeracy and mathematical skills, including experience of using Microsoft Excel to plot and calculate results
  • Proven skills of good health and safety best practice, within a laboratory environment, including familiarity with COSHH and Risk Assessment processes, chemical handling and safe storage
  • Good communication and organisation skills, able to work as part of a team, and work independently to manage own tasks effectively, seeking guidance where appropriate
  • A flexible and adaptable approach, able to adapt in a changing environment, with a constructive approach to problem-solving
  • Experience of working in a laboratory accredited to ISO 17025:2005 would be beneficial

If we’ve just described you, we’d love to meet. Apply now.

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Analytical Chemistry Technician, Lancaster-JR1064

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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