Marine Institute

Temporary Laboratory Analyst WFD Environmental Contaminants

Vacancy Area: 
Laboratory Analyst

Location: Marine Institute, Oranmore, Co. Galway, Ireland

Organisation Description

The Marine Institute is a non-commercial semi-state body, which was formally established by statute (Marine Institute Act, 1991) in October 1992. We are the national agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI). The Marine Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220 million acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and scientific services; and safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring. The Institute works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and a network of other Government Departments, semi-state agencies, national and international marine partners.

Summary of the Role

The analyst will primarily be responsible for undertaking sampling, sample preparation and workup and contaminants analysis - in environmental matrices (e.g. in biota, sediments, saline and non-saline  water) utilising a range of the Marine Institute’s state of the art instrumentation, which includes; Inductively Coupled Plasma- Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Cold Vapour Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry (CV-AFS), Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS), Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LCMS). Data reporting, monitoring programme support and development will form a key aspect of this role which will contribute to overall monitoring programme activities and relevant research initiatives.

Among the duties and responsibilities include:

  • Completion of environmental contaminant analysis in marine samples (biota, sediment and/or saline and non-saline water).
  • Support the Marine Institutes extensive monitoring databases and to assist with data reporting, assessment and preparation of reports as required. 
  • Assist the Team Leader/sampling team in providing technical support for the WFD sampling and field measurement programme for physicochemical parameters.
  • Complete and support analytical method development, optimisations in relevant matrices where required.
  • Ensure best quality practices in laboratory and field work in accordance with ISO17025.
  • Contribute to all aspects of the Institute’s quality system as required, for example undertaking of internal audits.
  • Liaise with the EPA, and other relevant organisations as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate that may be required from time to time.

Duration of Contract

The contract will be issued on a temporary specified purpose basis up to December 2021 subject to continued funding. There will be a 6-month probationary period.


Remuneration is in accordance with the Public Sector, Department of Finance approved Salary Scale for Laboratory Analysts, with a salary scale of €32,660 – €55,283  per annum pro-rated with time worked. You will become a member of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme.

Educational and Professional Requirements

  • A minimum of a Certificate (third level) in a relevant Science subject or an equivalent qualification.
  • Demonstrated relevant post qualification work experience, ideally with familiarity in the analysis of contaminants in environmental samples, ideally in an ISO 17025 laboratory environment.
  • Excellent working knowledge of modern analytical instrumentation.
  • Willingness to complete both field-based and work at sea on board research vessels and be sufficiently fit to pass an ENG II/Seafarers medical and related training.
  • Proven scientific & technical report writing skills.
  • Experience in the use of standard Microsoft Office software packages.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • The ability to manage time effectively and work to deadlines.
  • A full driving licence.

Please review a full job description here

How To Apply

A detailed and recent C.V. together with a letter of application, summarising experience and skill sets applicable to the position should be emailed to recruitment [at] marine [dot] ie or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway. All correspondence for this post should quote reference WFD LA/Metals//Dec.2018.

Closing date for applications - All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12 noon on Monday 14th January 2019. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

Use of Data - all personal data and the information submitted for this application will be used solely for the purpose of this campaign, after which it will be deleted in line with our data and documents policy. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence and accessed only by those involved directly in the campaign.


The Marine Institute is an equal opportunities employer


Closing Date: 
Monday, 14 January, 2019