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Environmental Chemistry Technician

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £23,715 to £34,308 pro rata
Closing Date:   Sunday 02 April 2023
Interview Date:   Tuesday 02 May 2023
Reference:  0225-23

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) for an enthusiastic Environmental Chemistry Technician to join our skilled team of Technical staff. The post is part time (2.5 days a week or hours equivalent to 0.5 FTE) for three years and is being offered as a career grade role, spanning grades 5 and 6 of the University pay scale. Applications are invited from those meeting the requirements for either grade. If appointed at grade 5 you are expected to undertake a program of development to enable you to progress and carry out the role at the higher grade.

Working closely with colleagues, you will have an enthusiastic approach to providing guidance and training in the safe and effective use of the laboratories and equipment related to the Environmental Chemistry research group. Whilst the role is primarily focused on supporting research activities, it will include the training and oversight of undergraduate and postgraduate students using specific analytical techniques in environmental organic chemistry and biochemistry. The successful candidate will have:

  • A proven ability to plan and prioritise tasks.
  • Excellent time management and attention to detail.
  • Experience of providing advice and training to others.
  • Practical experience of using HPLC and GC-FID instrumentation and associated techniques.
  • The ability to ensure compliance with appropriate legislation.

This three-year part-time post is available to start as soon as possible until 30th August 2025. 

Lancaster University is a signatory to the Technicians Commitment and is a research-intensive university, ranked in the top 1% of universities globally. It is located on a beautiful campus in the North-West of England close to the Lake District National Park. LEC is the largest department in the University. It holds an Athena Swan Bronze award and scored 86% for student satisfaction in the recent National Student Survey. We are ranked 5th in the UK for research power, with 96% of research rated “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. 

LEC’s staff, students and visitors come from around the globe, and as a department, LEC highly values diversity. It is dedicated to tackling all barriers and challenges to equal and fair participation in higher education and research. We are a collegiate department and are dedicated to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. 

What to include in each section of your application? 

Cover letter: Please cover each of the essential criteria requested in the Personal Specification that is listed as being scored via “Application Form”. Discuss why you are interested in this particular post, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will help you achieve those goals. Please also describe the skills you have developed that are relevant to this post and tell us about any skills you want to develop further.  

CV: Please include the following sections: Education history; Professional experience/Employment history; Areas of expertise/Skills; Career development (e.g., training courses or workshops). 

Supporting Statements: Please provide examples for each criterium in the Personal Specification document that is listed as being scored via “Supporting Statements”. This should include examples that provide evidence of your experience and expertise. 

Referees: Contact information for at least two referees. 

Please contact Dr Annette Ryan (, Head of LEC Technical Services, with any questions, or for an informal discussion about the role.

Further details:

Please note: unless specified otherwise in the advert, all advertised roles are UK based.

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