Laboratory Analyst – Phytoplankton Laboratory

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:

The Phytoplankton Laboratory Analyst will work as part of the Shellfish Safety Unit Team. This team is responsible for a wide range of monitoring and analytical services to clients including the Government, Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Shellfish Industry and the EU. The Shellfish Safety Unit is the National Reference Laboratory for Marine Biotoxins in Ireland. The unit is part of the Marine Environment & Food Safety Services, which operates a number of programmes, and has engaged in an active Laboratory Accreditation programme.

The Phytoplankton Laboratory Analyst will primarily be responsible for undertaking analysis of phytoplankton samples. The analysis involves using light microscopy for the identification and enumeration of the full community of species in marine water samples from shellfish production areas, as part of the National Monitoring of Biotoxin in shellfish Programme. The analysis of samples may also contribute to wider monitoring programmes and relevant research initiatives. The role involves a high degree of taxonomic skill and the candidate will be expected to demonstrate a good understanding and knowledge in this area. The candidate will also need to demonstrate a good understanding of ISO17025. All work will be done within the quality system operated within the Marine Institute.

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Castletownbere, Co. Cork with an initial 3-6month training period based at MI headquarters in Oranmore, Co. Galway.

Duration of Contract:

This temporary specific purpose contract of employment will be for a 4-year period up to the 14th April 2028. The successful candidate will be on probation for the first six months of this contract

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, H91 R673. All correspondence for this post should quote reference MEFS/LA/PHYTO/CTB/MAY24

Closing date for Applications:

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12 noon on Thursday 23rd May 2024. Unfortunately, late applications cannot be accepted.

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