Interim Senior Laboratory Analyst - Marine Chemistry

Marine Institute

Marine Institute

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024

The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI). The Marine Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220-million-acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and scientific services; and safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring. The Institute works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and a network of other Government Departments, semi-state agencies, national and international marine partners.

Summary of the Role:

You will be working in the Marine Chemistry section, which is part of the wider Marine Environment and Food Safety Services Group of the Marine Institute. You will play a key role in ensuring that the section’s laboratory operations are carried out efficiently and effectively, to a high quality standard, and thus contribute to our work programmes and analytical services to clients. In this role you will: oversee and coordinate general day to day operations of the chemistry laboratories, in particular implement and coordinate the ISO 17025 quality system in the chemistry labs; ensure the 11 laboratories are appropriately equipped and maintained; ensure that the Marine Institute’s Health and Safety policy and best practices are fully implemented; and work with the management team to ensure that analytical services and results/data are delivered in a timely manner to customers. You will act as a Technical Manager to oversee the testing service delivered by the trace metals unit (using techniques such as ICPMS and Cold Vapour Atomic Fluorescence Spectroscopy) and additionally provide general laboratory support to the organics, biogeochemistry and residues units, working with technical managers in these units.

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Educational and Professional Requirements:

Essential / Important:

• A minimum of a relevant third level qualification in a relevant scientific area where chemistry is a strong component.
• A minimum of three years of post-qualification relevant work experience, to include demonstrated relevant experience in laboratory analysis preferably in environmental and/or food testing.
• Strong experience of implementing and maintaining a laboratory quality system such as ISO17025, preferably in a key role.
• Experience in supervising people and/or projects.
• Demonstrated excellent organisational skills and record keeping.
• A sound understanding and appreciation of Health and Safety best practices in a laboratory and understanding of risk assessment in a laboratory context.
• High level of proficiency in the use of standard Microsoft Office software packages.
• Working knowledge of modern analytical instrumentation.
• Effective numerical and proven scientific and technical report writing skills.
• Strong aptitude for troubleshooting/problem solving.

How to Apply:

A C.V. and letter of application, summarising experience and skill set applicable to the position should be emailed to or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway, H91 R673. All correspondence for this post should quote reference JD/MEFS/ SeniorLA/June24

Closing Date for Applications:

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12 noon on the 15th of July 2024. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

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Marine Institute is an equal opportunities employer