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Toxins Chemist x 2

Job details
Posting date: 14 June 2024
Salary: £27,210 to £28,400 per year
Additional salary information: New entrants are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 04 July 2024
Location: Weymouth
Company: Government Recruitment Service
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 357765/1


In this role, you will work alongside world class scientists at our Weymouth laboratory to deliver the UK’s marine biotoxin statutory monitoring programmes. You will conduct biochemical analyses and associated laboratory activities that contribute to key work supporting public health protection and aquaculture sector sustainability.

You will help develop the team’s expertise and capacity through participation in associated R&D activities in analytical chemistry for food contaminants, particularly natural aquatic toxins.

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

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Your main duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Receipting and preparation of shellfish samples for testing, including shucking, box handling and dispatch.
  • Extraction and analysis of shellfish for natural marine toxins.
  • Shellfish extract clean-up using manual and automated solid phase extraction technologies.
  • Daily operation of instrumental chemical detection tools to include quantitative high performance liquid chromatography, with various detectors.
  • Major focus on the application of tandem mass spectrometry methods for lipophilic and hydrophilic marine toxins, plus cyanobacterial toxins.
  • Trouble shooting of instrumentation problems, quality control and quality assurance issues.
  • Assisting with investigations into performance issues and partaking in analytical research projects as requested.
  • Adherence to laboratory health, safety, and environment requirements.
  • Assistance with general laboratory maintenance activities (accreditation, general housekeeping, calibration of equipment, preparation of reagents) as required.
  • Flexible work, responding to needs of business unit, group and/or team as and when required.

In addition, Cefas reserves the right to ask staff to take on additional duties and responsibilities which are commensurate with their grade. Team Leaders and management will have a discussion with staff to explain the changes that are to be made. A new job description will be issued if required.