Laboratory Analyst – Marine Chemistry

Vacancy Area

Laboratory Analyst

Organisation Description:

The Marine Institute is 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:

This role is for a half-time laboratory analyst, working 2.5 days consecutively per week. You will work primarily as part of the residues team (~7 people) within the busy Marine Chemistry section (~23 people), undertaking chemical analysis for residues of pharmacologically-active residues and other contaminants in fish and other matrices. These analyses support official surveillance and investigative monitoring under the National Residues and Contaminants Control Plans as required by various European legislation. Ultimately the data contributes to ensuring that foodstuffs produced in or imported into Ireland are safe to eat. Results indicating illegal use of substances in food production could lead to prosecution so sampling and confirmatory analysis must be legally defensible.

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Educational and Professional Requirements:

Essential / Important: 

  • A minimum of a Certificate (third level) in a relevant scientific area or an equivalent qualification.
  • Demonstrated relevant work experience undertaking chemical analysis using modern laboratory instrumentation
  • Excellent working knowledge of modern analytical instrumentation, such as chromatography and hyphenated mass spectrometry techniques.
  • A high degree of computer literacy and proficient 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, while maintaining attention to detail.

Duration of Contract:

The contract will be issued on a temporary specified purpose basis and will run for a duration of 2 years. There will be a 6-month probationary period.

How to Apply:

A C.V. and letter of application, summarising experience and skill set 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 MEFS/LA/HALFTIME/SEP22

Closing date for Applications:

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12 noon on Tuesday 4th of October 2022. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.


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