£30,955 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Full time


+44 (0)20 7323 8000

Scientist: Organic Technician

Scientist: Organic Technician
Scientific Research
£30,955 per annum
Application Deadline: 12pm (Midday) on Monday 27 September 2021

The main purpose of this role is to provide technical expertise, support and oversight of the organic analysis facilities in the Department of Scientific Research, including effective maintenance, troubleshooting, sample preparation, analysis and safe use of the mass spectrometry facility. The postholder will support the delivery of the Museum Operating Plan and relevant Museum strategies, especially the Research Strategy.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

•Oversee the effective and efficient day-to-day operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the Mass Spectrometry facility, including operating software, sample preparation facilities and associated on-line peripherals.
•Working with H&S role holders to maintain a safe working environment and ensure compliance at all times with policies and procedures in the Mass Spectrometry facility, including COSHH processes for Scientific Research, associated on-line peripherals and sample preparation facilities.
•Support the effective and efficient planning of laboratory activities and maintenance, in conjunction with departmental staff, staff in other areas (Collection Projects and Resources, Property and Facilities Management and so on) and service engineers.
•Contribute to the evaluation and implementation of new methods of sample preparation and analysis.
•Apply knowledge to solve routine problems and use initiative.
•Support analysis, including basic initial training to staff and students, ensuring delivery to appropriate quality standards and timescales.
•Support effective data management and archiving, working with appropriate staff to maintain scientific records.
•Maintain records of instrument documentation using appropriate IT software.
•Develop and maintain reference standards and materials for organic analysis.
•Stock control of chemicals, consumables and peripheral equipment relating to the mass spectrometry facility.
•Actively demonstrate a commitment to professional development by continuing to advance knowledge, understanding and competencies.
•Additional technical roles appropriate to skills and experience that are required from time to time to support Scientific Research.

Person Specification:

•Educated to postgraduate degree level in a science or science-related subject.
•Experience of: combined GC-MS and LC-MS, to include maintenance of instrumentation and electronic and mechanical skills for troubleshooting instrumentation problems, both for mass spectrometers and on-line peripherals; varied sample preparation techniques for GC-MS and LC-MS; working in a multiple user analytical science facility; health and safety in a laboratory environment, including completion of UK COSHH and risk assessments.
•Able to: express thoughts and ideas clearly and consistently, both orally and in writing; work accurately and methodically in order to maintain high standards whilst working under pressure to achieve work deadlines.
•Demonstrable organisation skills as well as IT skills for a wide range of applications.
•A good communicator, both verbally and written, who can work well as part of a team and collaborate with other alongside the ability to work on own accord.
•Aptitude and enthusiasm to train and work with researchers and postgraduate students as well as an ability to demonstrate initiative and solve problems.

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