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Senior Technician in Analytical Chemistry
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF41873

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 23/09/2022

Job live date: 11/08/2022

Salary: £25,627 to £30,499 per annum

Employment type: AAS-Technical

Department: School of Archaeology Geography & Environmental Science

Division: Archaeology

Hours per week: 36 hours p/w, 1.00FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, Fixed-term for up to 4 years

The Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, is seeking to appoint a Senior Technician to join its archaeological materials research group. The post offers excellent opportunities for working alongside industry-leading colleagues in archaeological science, data science, and heritage.  The successful applicant will provide lead technical support for the group’s MP-AES instrument, and will play a full part in a new high-profile research project on the chemical analysis of ancient copper-alloys (funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship). This work will create a new understanding of the Roman and Medieval metal economy, through substantial amounts of new chemical data, supported by the successful candidate.

Candidates should refer to the Essential Criteria listed in the Person Specification linked to this advert, when preparing their supporting statements.

The post holder will be responsible for:

  • The operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of an MP-AES and associated equipment. This will include the acid digestion of samples, preparation of calibration standards, and data quality assurance. This role also includes liaising with external engineers and manufacturers for services, IT hardware/software upgrades and repair visits.
  • Laboratory Coordinator duties associated with the Research Group, providing oversight for equipment bookings, monitoring and maintaining excellent standards of housekeeping, hazardous waste management, stock keeping and ordering consumables.
  • Assist in laboratory inductions and training in core laboratory safety equipment, to researchers and students.
  • Provide some training in standard methods used in the preparation, extraction and analysis of samples generated by staff and students, for MP—AES and associated equipment.
  • Assist researchers and students in method development for sample pre-treatments and analysis using MP-AES and associated equipment.
  • Prepare and review Risk Assessments, Standard Operating Procedures and training records for core laboratory safety equipment, MP-AES and associated equipment, for Health & Safety auditing purposes.

​​​​​​​You will have:

  • A science degree, HND, NVQ4 or equivalent, or basic professional qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g., Analytical Chemistry, Archaeological science) or related (e.g., Soil Science, Botany, Physical Geography, Bioscience).
  • Experience of ICP-OES, ICP-MS, or MP-AES analysis, (or a closely related technique).
  • Extensive technical work experience acquired in relevant roles and job-related training.

Interviews will be held week commencing 17 October 2022 (TBC)

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Project Lead Investigator

Contact role:

Associate Director, Technical Services

Contact name:

Dr. Peter Bray

Contact name:

Dr. Karen Wicks

Contact phone:


Contact phone:

+44 (0)118 378 7758

Contact email:

Contact email:

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​​​​​​​Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

​​​​​​​The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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