Senior Scientist- Pesticides
Newcastle Upon Tyne
6d ago

Job Description

What you’ll be doing :

  • Prepare samples using appropriate methods for sample processing, extraction and clean-up.
  • Instrumental analyses using established methods and novel techniques.
  • Contribute to instrument maintenance and repair.
  • Be aware of and follow the appropriate quality assurance and safety procedures.
  • Write and work from Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) to defined quality standards.
  • Deliver training to internal staff and external delegates.
  • Support Team Manager with project management and business development.
  • Contribute to and / or write customer reports
  • Report results within deadlines to accreditation standards.
  • Contribute to the development of new methods
  • What we’re looking for :

  • Knowledge and experience of wet chemistry techniques for sample extraction and clean-up.
  • Demonstrable practical and theoretical experience of GC- & LC- MS and MS / MS analysis including method development, routine operation and data processing.
  • Knowledge of pesticides residues analyses.
  • Experience of implementing and operating within ISO 17025 standard
  • Good IT skills and the ability to use of bespoke software to a high level.
  • Ability to learn and implement new laboratory techniques and effectively troubleshoot.
  • Self-motivated with proven leadership skills with an ability to lead and develop good working relationships with colleagues in the team and across Fera.
  • A methodical approach to work and attention to detail.
  • Good organisational and time management skills and ability to work on multiple projects.
  • Experience writing scientific papers for publication in peer reviewed journals
  • About Fera

    At Fera, we're making the world a better, healthier and safer place. We're a joint venture partnership between Capita and Defra and we're working proactively to protect the world we live in and the food we eat.

    Fera is a national and international centre of excellence for interdisciplinary investigation and problem solving across plant and bee health, crop protection, sustainable agriculture, food and feed quality and chemical safety in the environment.

    Join us and contribute to delivering world-class science for the future.

    Fera are part of Capita Plc, a leading UK provider of technology enabled business services. We're supporting and improving the lives of millions of people every day and we can only do this with the right people in place, working towards a shared goal.

    We encourage an open, honest working environment where everyone can be true to themselves, and people are valued for their differences.

    We're always challenging each other to learn and improve, because we know when we work together, we can deliver better outcomes.

    We work across such a huge range of businesses and sectors, that you'll have the opportunity to grow and develop your career in any number of directions.

    What’s in it for you?

  • A competitive basic salary from £27k
  • 23 days' holiday (rising to 27) with the opportunity to buy extra leave
  • Company matched pension, life assurance, a cycle2work scheme, 15 weeks' fully paid maternity, adoption and shared parental leave, paternity pay of two weeks...and plenty more
  • Voluntary benefits designed to suit your lifestyle - from discounts on retail and socialising, to health & wellbeing, travel and technology
  • The opportunity to take a paid day out of the office, volunteering for our charity partners or a cause of your choice
  • Access to our Employee Network Groups, which represent every strand of diversity and allow colleagues to connect and learn from each other on an open, inclusive platform
  • This role is based at our world class site near York, UK with access to start-of the-art facilities, on site gym, free parking and discounted public transport
  • You'll be required on site full time, 37.5 hours per week, Monday - Friday. We offer flexi time anytime between 7am and 7pm
  • This is a career not just a job, which means there is potential to move onto senior scientist roles across our programmes in the future based on your ability, aspirations and passions.
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