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Geochemistry Research Technician


Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £28,982 to £35,609 per annum
Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 08 July 2016
Reference:  742816HN

Applications are invited from researchers to work as a research technician in the laboratories of the Geochemistry Group of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton.  Our group comprises of more than 30 researchers and postgraduate students applying cutting edge geochemical analysis and modelling to scientific questions of major societal, economic and environmental importance.  We have a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated clean laboratories and our instruments and techniques are applied to applications in a diverse range of fields from the geological to the medical. 

This post will involve supporting our lead researchers by performing cutting edge isotope and geochemical analyses, training postgraduate and undergraduate students and visitors, and developing new analytical techniques and methodologies to ensure the Geochemistry Group remains at the forefront of geochemical research in the UK.  The principal research areas will be in the fields of paleoclimate and oceanography but it is expected that the appointee will be involved in research across a broad range of disciplines. 

Applicants should have a relevant HND, degree or NVQ4 or equivalent qualifications and experience in chemistry, geochemistry, isotope geochemistry. A relevant PhD (or equivalent) is desirable.  You should also have some experience of sample preparation, clean lab methodologies, elemental purification using column chromatography, and analysis using (multi-collector) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.  Some experience with the following non-gaseous stable isotope systems would also be beneficial: Li, B, Mg and Fe.

Further information about the Geochemistry group can be found here ( 

For further enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Foster (

Ocean and Earth Science holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award demonstrating its commitment to providing equal opportunities and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. 

The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit in with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. We would, therefore, consider requests to undertake this role on a part-time or a flexible working basis.  Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Maxine Parker (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3784. Please quote reference 742816HN on all correspondence. 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Ocean and Earth Sciences

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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