Research Associate in Analytical Science

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Posting date: 19 April 2021
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 19 May 2021
Location: Preston, Lancashire
Company: University of Central Lancashire
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: REQ005542

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We need a dynamic, enthusiastic scientist to lead the analysis of carcinogenic and other toxic products to which firefighters are routinely exposed. In addition to a sound knowledge of chromatographic techniques you will need an inquiring and challenging mind to work on one of the most exciting projects in analytical science today. Firefighters get cancer more often than the rest of us, and to understand why we need to identify the presence of carcinogenic metabolites in their blood and urine.

We are looking for an outstanding and enthusiastic Analytical Chemist who will support us in analysis of biological samples for medical screening of firefighters, in collaboration with the Royal Preston Hospital. We will identify the associations between exposure to fire toxicants and the increased occurrence of cancers, through the presence of key metabolites.

We are seeking an Analytical Chemist who has demonstratable experience in chromatographic systems. The main responsibilities of the successful candidate will be development, validation and evaluation, and implementation of analytical test methods in toxicity. The work will focus on identification and quantification various fire derived toxicants in biological samples using using a range of chromatography (LC and GC) and detection techniques (various MS and MS/MS).
We welcome applications from high flying individuals with expertise in at least one of the following areas: analytical chemistry, biochemistry or toxicology. The post is initially funded for 2 years, with the anticipation that Success will generate further funding.

The main functions of the post are:
• Developing methods to quantify carcinogenic metabolites in blood and urine
• Supervising analysis of LC-MS, GC-MS, GC-MS/MS biological samples.
• Providing support for instrumental analysis (LC-MS, GC-MS, GC-MS/MS) through method development and validation.
• Applying diverse analytical techniques to a wide range of biological samples in the fire toxicity field.
• Analytical problem solving; instrument and method troubleshooting.
• Associated data processing and report writing.
• Supporting existing research projects (PhD student supervision, management of laboratory facilities, training etc.).
You will have full access to the Centre’s dedicated clinical and analytical laboratories, and access to the University’s instrumental analytical suite, housing the full range of analytical capability. In addition, part of the work will involve liaising, processing and reporting data to clinicians at the Royal Preston Hospital. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Analytical Chemistry or a closely related discipline, and will have good communication, IT, organisation and communication skills.
Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Anna Stec For further information please visit our websites:

The Centre for Fire and Hazard Science’s world-shaping research has provided:
• A key expert witness to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry;
• Written and oral evidence to the House of Commons Environment Audit Committee;
• The Fire Brigades Union with crucial guidance on keeping firefighters safe;
• A database (or registry) for all UK firefighter cancers and other diseases;
• A study of burning façade materials to understand the Grenfell Tower fire
• A study showing high levels of carcinogens in the area surrounding Grenfell tower, after the fire.

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Anna Stec

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. This position is based in Preston.

Please apply online via; if you cannot apply online please contact Human Resources on 01772 892324 and quoting the reference number. CVs will not be considered unless accompanied by a completed application form.

School/Service: School of Natural Sciences
Grade: G (£30,942 - £35,845)
Hours: Full time (36.25 hours per week - 1.0 FTE)
Basis: Fixed term contract for 2 years
Closing Date: 19 May 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed

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