Marine Institute

Temporary Laboratory Attendant - WFD Support

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 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 attendant will primarily be responsible for carrying out a range of duties in support of the Water Framework (WFD) monitoring programme team which includes preparations of samples (e.g. biota, sediment and water) for analysis. This will contribute to monitoring programmes and relevant research initiatives. Support for new method development, optimisation and validation will form an important aspect of the role.

Among the duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide support for chemical analysis carried out in the laboratory through preparation of glassware and samples
  • Support sampling and field monitoring by preparing and checking equipment, preparing sampling kits, cleaning vessels etc. as required
  • Carry out duties in support of the Marine Institute’s ISO17025 compliant quality system, such as equipment calibration, verification etc.
  • Maintain stocks of materials in the laboratories and to carry out general laboratory housekeeping and maintenance of sample storage facilities
  • Keep paper and electronic records of laboratory activities as appropriate in line with MI quality system
  • Conduct laboratory analysis as required

Please read a detailed job description here


Educational and Professional Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Relevant work experience providing general support ideally in an environmental laboratory
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office package
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Strong communication skills


Remuneration is in accordance with the Public Sector, Department of Finance approved salary scale for Laboratory Attendants, with a salary scale of €22,121-€31,768 per annum pro-rated with time worked. You will become a member of the Single Public Service pension scheme.

Duration of Contract

The contract will be issued on a temporary specified purpose basis for a time period up to 31st December 2021 subject to continued WFD Funding.

How to Apply

An up-to-date C.V. and letter of application summarising experience and skillset applicable to the position should be emailed to or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway. All correspondence for this post should quote reference WFD/Lab.Attend/Dec2018.

Closing date for Applications

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12:00 noon on Monday 14th January 2019. Late applications will not be accepted

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Marine Institute is an equal opportunities employer

Closing Date: 
Monday, 14 January, 2019