Laboratory Analyst

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 22 May 2019

Reference number



£18,334 - £20,480


Administrative Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description

An opportunity exists for a Radiochemistry Laboratory Analyst in 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 undertake radiochemical analysis of environmental samples, delivering high quality analytical results to support a nationwide food and environment sampling and analysis programme around nuclear sites for radioactivity. Based at our Lowestoft site, you will utilise your expertise in analytical techniques to meet delivery and ensure that the labs operate to high quality standards including UKAS accreditation. Cefas provides high quality analytical services for the purpose of radiological protection of people and the environment.

Main duties and responsibilities

• Undertaking a variety of radiochemical analyses in environmental samples (for alpha and beta emitting radionuclides).

• Delivery of high-quality analytical results to project specifications and deadlines.

• Using a range of equipment, including liquid scintillation counters, sodium Iodide detectors and combustion furnaces.

• Responsibility for organising the collection and throughput of the sea water sample programme and associated maintenance of equipment.

• Using the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

• Maintaining QC/background data and being compliant with UKAS requirements.

• Ensuring compliance with relevant Health and Safety requirements and Quality Procedures, including rigorous adherence to relevant CoSHH, Risk Assessments and UKAS SOPs.

• Carrying out miscellaneous duties associated with working in a laboratory environment.

Full training in all radiochemical and radiometric procedures will be provided. There will be opportunities to gain wider experience of radioanalytical assay and also to contribute to other aspects of the work required to deliver our radiological monitoring programmes.


• A good understanding of chemistry or physics is required.

• Good IT skills are essential with experience of standard Microsoft applications such as Excel and Word.

• You must have good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, be flexible and possess the ability to organise your own workload to meet deadlines.


• Practical experience of working in an analytical laboratory (radiochemical or non-radiochemical) an understanding of Health and Safety requirements, experience in working with quality control and Standard Operating Procedures would be desirable but full training will be provided.

• You must have experience of working in a team and be able to work independently using your own initiative.

• Highly self-motivated, enthusiastic about the work, and a positive attitude to learn new radioanalytical skills. You must be methodical and organised, have sound problem-solving skills and excellent attention to detail.

Person specification

Please show 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 behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together



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 Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift date to be confirmed.

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

Interview date to be confirmed.

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses however, we can offer an initial interview via Skype for candidates who are unable to travel to Lowestoft

Further information

Reasonable adjustment

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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.

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