Analytical Chemist: FTIR specalist

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity's needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world's most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the plan et.

The Museum's 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of the natural world. Their science is contributing critical data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the major threats of climate change and biodiversity loss through to finding solutions such as the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world's leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced molecular spectroscopist to join a team of scientists in t he Imaging and Analysis Centre, and to run its FT-IR and UV-Vis instrumentation. As well as supporting the museum's research and curation programmes, and analytical consultancy work, there will also be the opportunity to engage in collaborative research.

You will compile and manage spectral libraries, interpret results, train new users and carry out first line maintenance on equipment and ensure workplace health and safety protocols are adhered to. You will be encouraged to contribute to the scientific development and technical applications in the Imaging & Analysis Centre, and contribute to data output and analysis.

You will also provide specialised technical support and supervision for a wide range of stakeholders, including museum staff, postgraduate students and external users (including visiting scientists) in the development of projects and preparation of reports.

About you

You will have experience in the analysis and identification of nat ural science specimens and/or plastics using infrared spectroscopy, however, other spectroscopic techniques (e.g. Raman) may be considered for someone with the right background. Experience in the identification of plastics in the environment or the identification of minerals by spectroscopic techniques would be an advantage.


Closing date 9am on Monday 30 March 2020

To apply, please visit https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/ and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.

posted: 10 March 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.