The successful applicant will learn to perform basic laboratory maintenance across IG including stock control, cleaning/maintaining equipment and lab administration. The role will be required to support experienced members of the Inorganic Geochemistry team working to tight deadlines. The candidate should be prepared to learn new skills and work enthusiastically with research scientists.
Elemental analyses – the apprentice will work between two laboratories using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), which is a core activity for the Inorganic Geochemistry team undertaking scientific projects with universities and industry. The postholder will be trained to support scientists by preparing samples and standards ready for analyses and performing basic instrument/laboratory maintenance.
Sample Dissolution – Preparing (dissolve in acid) rocks, soils and vegetation is a key requirement in advance of ICP analysis. The apprentice will be trained in a variety of chemical techniques and provide her with much needed support.
- Perform basic laboratory maintenance across IG including stock control, cleaning equipment, basic lab administration all within a UKAS accredited environment.
- Prepare and maintain equipment in advance of field campaigns.
- Assistance may be required with fieldwork subject to project workflow.
Requirements and prospects
- Basic laboratory skills (advantageous but not essential).
- Basic MS Office or equivalent proficiency.
- Adapt to changing demands on workflows.
- Ability and desire to learn new skills.
- Capable of reading, writing and communicating on technical subjects.
- Must be capable of taking written or oral instructions and then working proactively.
- Current valid drivers licence (advantageous).
- Must be able to work effectively in a team.
- Attention to detail.
- Hard working, willingness to learn, reliable.
About the employer
British Geological Survey
The British Geological Survey is a world-leading geological survey. It focuses on public-good science for government, and research to understand earth and environmental processes and impartial advice in all areas of geoscience. It is the UK's premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, providing information and knowledge to help society use its natural resources responsibly, to manage environmental change and be resilient to environmental hazards.
The National Geological Repository (NGR) is a national science facility and an integral part of the British Geological Survey. It is the largest Core storage and examination facility in the UK and its unique collections of borehole cores, cuttings, samples, specimens, and related subsurface information from the UK landmass and continental shelf provides a unique resource for industry, academic research and development.