Ice Chemistry Laboratory Manager

Ice Chemistry Laboratory Manager

BAS - British Antarctic Survey

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Description

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Ice Chemistry Laboratory Manager to work in the in the Research Development and Support (ReDS) team.This role involves managing the ice chemistry laboratories, including ensuring health and safety standards, operation and maintenance of instrumentation, and co-ordinating requirements for laboratory facilities and technical support.

The successful post holder would provide analytical chemistry technical support to measure discrete chemistry from Antarctic ice cores using ion chromatography (IC) in our class-100 clean room. They would also be responsible for the analysis of ice and snow samples on the ICs (following specific training on the job).

This role requires an enthusiastic and motivated lab manager with strong team work skills and experience in working in an analytical chemistry laboratory.

Purpose

To manage the ice chemistry laboratories, including ensuring health and safety standards, operation and maintenance of instrumentation, and co-ordinating requirements for laboratory facilities and technical support. They will work closely with the ice core technician in the clean room, wet chemistry laboratories and the -20 cold laboratory as required.

To provide analytical chemistry technical support to measure discrete chemistry from Antarctic ice cores using ion chromatography (IC) in our class-100 clean room. Responsible for the analysis of ice and snow samples on the ICs (following specific training on the job).They will work with the existing team to analyse samples on our continuous flow analysis method as required.

To assist other members of the cross-disciplinary BAS Laboratory support team as required.

Qualification

Degree in Chemistry or environmental science (or similar analytical degree).

Duties

  • To manage demand for use of ice chemistry laboratories and technical support.
  • Responsibility for ensuring Health and Safety standards of laboratory practice, including laboratory induction and training.
  • Responsible for safe storage and handling of chemicals and scientific samples, with particular reference to ice cores.
  • Responsible for operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of laboratory equipment and analytical instruments.
  • Responsible for quality control and analysis of ice and snow samples using ion chromatography.
  • Work with the technician and analytical chemist in the collection of chemistry data using continuous flow analysis.
  • Cut and process ice core samples in the -20 cold laboratory.
  • Operate the ICs in a class-100 cleanroom.
  • Prepare standards and samples in the wet chemistry laboratory.
  • Assist in the preparation for field campaigns.

Any other tasks, within the remit of the role, as advised by the Director.

Skills specification

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential

Computer/IT skills

  • Knowledge of excel and ability to learn instrument software. - Essential
  • Knowledge of instrument software. - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work under pressure and assign priorities. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Ability to manage own time and manage the needs of other lab users. - Essential
  • Laboratory management experience. - Desirable [1]

Numerical ability

  • Good numerical and arithmetic skills. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Experience of working in a clean laboratory and/or a cold laboratory. - Desirable [1]

Qualifications

  • Degree in Chemistry or environmental science (or similar analytical degree). - Essential
  • PhD in Chemistry or environmental science (or similar analytical degree). - Desirable [1]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to work flexibly and effectively. - Essential

Skills/Experience

  • Experience of working in an analytical chemistry laboratory. - Essential
  • Experience in safe use of hazardous chemicals and risk assessment. - Essential
  • Experience using ion chromatography (or similar) - Desirable [1]
  • Experience with analytical techniques. - Desirable [1]

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