Analytical Chemist

Posted 9 April by Capita

Job Title: Analytical Chemist

Location: York

Salary: £22,000 - £27,000

About the role

CCSS has extensive experience in assessing the exposure and effects of a range of chemicals on the environment both for government and the private sector. This expertise is used in purpose-designed studies to address specific issues in a range of applications from novel solutions for incorporation in risk assessments to assessing the impact of risk management practices on the safety of chemicals to the environment.

The assessment and minimization of the impact of chemicals in the environment and science-based solutions for their sustainable use underpinned by high-quality research and first-class facilities are key. The main aspects of this area of work are its scope of expertise; insight and interpretation and multi-disciplinary interactions in:

  • Ecotoxicology: research on the effects of toxic chemicals on wildlife in the environment
  • Environmental Fate: research on the life cycle of a chemical after its release in the environment
  • Analytical Chemistry: identification and quantification of chemicals in food and the environment
  • Human Exposure: research into the exposure of humans to agricultural chemicals and the potentials risks from exposure

About Capita | Fera

Capita entered a Joint Venture with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and Fera Science Ltd provides scientific services to government and commercial customers, such as food retailers and manufacturers of crop protection products, in the UK and overseas.

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.

We create and deliver integrated, innovative and expert research services and products for our partners in crop protection, chemical and animal health companies, as well as food producers and growers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. We also support and work closely with governments, academia and leading research organisations.

What you will do:

  • Application of a wide range of chemistry based techniques to enable the successful validation of sample analysis methods.
  • Conduct work to Good Laboratory Practice system in compliance with standard operating procedure.
  • Conduct sample extraction and clean-up of samples using a variety of wet chemistry techniques.
  • Be responsible for laboratory facilities (which include daily equipment checks, instrument maintenance and general laboratory housekeeping).
  • Perform laboratory procedures using standard laboratory equipment.
  • Assist others in all aspects of laboratory and field studies in compliance with the relevant study plans.
  • Operate analytical instrumentation such as HPLC, GC and mass spectrometry.
  • Maintain accurate written and computer records and ensure data integrity within digital and paper based systems.
  • Calculate and reporting results to external and internal clients.

Your experience will include:

  • Experience in the determination of chemical contaminants (e.g. migrants from food contact materials) in food, food simulants and food contact materials using state of the art instrumental techniques, e.g. GC-MS(/MS), GC-TOF-MS, LC-MS/MS, LC-HR-MS.
  • Experience in method development and validation.
  • Experience with mass spectrometry software packages for operating instruments and analysing data.
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work with attention to detail.
  • Experience of operating within a quality system (e.g. UKAS).
  • Experience of preparation of scientific publications.
  • Experience of presenting results at conferences and to customers.
  • Experience in writing project proposals for government and commercial customers.

What's in it for you?

At Capita, training and development aren't optional extras: they're how we do our job. We will motivate you to perform at your peak, recognising your achievements and rewarding them appropriately. As well as a competitive basic salary we also give you23 day's holiday, company pension scheme and access to voluntary benefit options including; child care vouchers, share save scheme, life assurance, holiday buy and many more designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional but fun environment.

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