Analytical Chemist/Geochemist

About the role

Forming one division within the museum's Core Research Laboratories Department, the Imaging & Analysis Centre is a central resource for the Museum's Science group, contributing to the science strategy as well as public engagement.

The Imaging & Analysis Centre provides first-class imaging and analytical facilities, including LA-ICP-MS, ICP-MS, ICP-AES, Analytical SEM, Microprobe, VP SEM, 2x Field emission analytical SEM, 2x Micro-CT systems, an industry-funded ore deposits analysis laboratory, IR spectroscopy, and XRD instruments for sample characterization.

The museum seeks to recruit an experienced chemical or geochemical analyst to join a team of scientists in the Imaging & Analysis Centre. This is a temporary position and requires the individual to work across a number of applications, including ICP-OES/AES, organic elemental analysis, geological sample preparation and other chemical/geochemical techniques.

The postholder will be expected to interpret results, train new users and carry out first line maintenance on equipment, ensuring workplace health and safety protocols are adhered to. In addition, they will provide specialised technical support and supervision for a wide range of stakeholders, including staff, postgraduate students and external users in the development of projects and preparation of reports.

About you

The successful candidate will have proven practical experience in an analytical chemistry or geochemistry environment.

With a strong interest in the application of advanced analytical instrumentation and analysis in answering research questions within natural sciences, you will be en couraged to contribute to the scientific development and technical applications in the Imaging & Analysis Centre and be responsible for data output and analysis.

You will bring experience of analytical techniques for quantitative bulk elemental analysis and knowledge of sample preparation for bulk elemental analysis including homogenization and digestion. You will have strong organisational skills and a methodological approach to collecting analytical data.

Contract: 13 Months Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: 9am, Wednesday 3 March 2021
Interviews held week commencing 8 March 2021

How to apply

If that sounds like you please apply online on the Natural History Museum's careers portal, and provide:

* A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.
* A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidenc e of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the person specification.

To apply, please visit and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.

posted: 17 February 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.