Laboratory Analyst*** Closing date extended***

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 22 Aug 2018

Reference number



£17,697 - £20,177


Administrative Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time


42 (including lunch breaks)

Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description

An opportunity exists for a Laboratory Analyst in the Chemistry work area of the Radiological and Chemical Sciences (RACS) Group. The work area comprises a diverse group of scientists who provide high quality analytical support, data interpretation and scientific advice to a comprehensive portfolio of internal and external contracts for UK and international customers. The purpose of the role is to provide analytical and technical support for monitoring and research activities related to measurements of contaminants in the marine environment, as part of the vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse seas and oceans. Typical projects worked on include the analysis of marine mammals, fishes and sediments.


The main duties and responsibilities of this post include:
• Preparation and analysis of samples for organic contaminants in the marine environment
• Calibration of instruments and maintaining records
• Preparing reagents
• Delivery of quality assured data
• Working in accordance with formal quality systems (ISO/IEC17025)
• Updating databases

There will be opportunities to gain experience in other areas of marine science such as nutrient chemistry and sedimentology. There may also be opportunities for sea-going or fieldwork duties


Essential skills
• Practical experience of working in an analytical laboratory, instrument maintenance (GC and/or LC), experience in quality control and associated documentation.
• Customer focused and highly self-motivated.
• Sound problem-solving skills and will be methodical, organised and have an excellent attention to detail.
• Good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, be flexible and possess the ability to organise your own workload to meet deadlines.
• Experience of working in a team and the ability to work both independently using your own initiative and to follow Standard Operating Procedures.
• Able to work under pressure to tight deadlines.
• Good IT skills, including experience with standard Microsoft applications such as Excel and Word.
• Experience in quality control systems.

Desirable skills
• Knowledge of quality systems such as ISO/IEC17025.
• An interest in marine science and experience of using LIMS.

Person specification

Please demonstrate how your previous experience and skills will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description.


Academic qualifications required for direct entry into this PB3 post are 2 A levels or an equivalent qualification.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Changing and improving
  • Delivering at pace
  • Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevant Technical Expertise

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using the Civil Service Competency Framework. Guidance on writing competency examples is available: A brief guide to competencies
Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead competency Collaborating and Partnering, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed.

Candidates should be aware that they may be assessed their relevant skills and experience as well as the listed competencies.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT

Date to be confirmed.

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses.

Further information

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact

Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
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