Job offer available in Scotland Analytical Geochemistry & Geochronology Technician at University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

The post holder will support the world leading research in the Earth Systems Research Group in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences using their detailed knowledge of geochronology, geochemical and environmental sample processing and analysis of samples using geochemical techniques, including mass spectrometry.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To manage technical aspects, use and performance of the mineral separation, fission track and mass-spectrometry facilities and be responsible for planning and organising the laboratory activities to ensure efficient functioning in line with delivery objectives.
  2. In consultation with the PI, ensure compliance with legal, health and safety standards to ensure the safe functioning of the facilities listed above. This includes but is not limited to overseeing access, carrying out risk and COSHH assessments, conducting safety audits, dissemination and implementation of University and the Health and Safety Executive policies, procedures and best practice. Ensuring all necessary records are stored appropriately.
  3. To troubleshoot complex technical issues and to provide expert technical guidance to suggest, implement and evaluate improvements to standard operating protocols. Diagnose and rectify faults/problems with mass-spectrometry and mineral separation laboratory equipment, working to a safe, professional standard.
  4. To generate analytical data through preparation and analysis of sample materials and to interpret and document research results for inclusion in papers and reports.
  5. To keep comprehensive and accurate research records, project details and other essential management information using data bases.
  6. To continually update knowledge of advancements in relevant technology, analytical techniques and their applications to lead the ongoing support to the Earth Systems Research Group and be recognised as an expert in the specialist skills areas.
  7. To act as a central point of contact for Earth Systems Research staff, students and external consultants providing specialist advice and training on developing methodology, standard operating procedures on geological and environmental sample processing and analysis, including the use of instrument software (e.g. Iolite, QtQT and HeFTy) and in the development, design and application of equipment or systems.
  8. To communicate and liaise with the wider University body as well as users of the University’s services and/or external consultants/suppliers, where appropriate.
  9. To engage with training initiatives and supervise apprentices and/or work placements as required.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Technical & Specialist Grade, level 6, £28,660 – £32,236 per annum.

This post is offered on a full-time and open-ended basis.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme.

Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Vacancy reference: 023262.

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We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

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