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Scientific Officer

Scientific Officer


Northumbria University

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.


Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)

Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
17 July 2020

24 June 2020

Job description

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate as Scientific Officer for our newly established Stable and Clumped Isotope Laboratory at Northumbria University to provide technical support for academic staff and students in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences. Our lab will support multi-disciplinary research, focusing on geothermometry, palaeoecology, palaeoclimatology, and climate change research. The facility is equipped with two Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometers (IRMS; Thermo Delta V, and Nu Perspective) and a suite of connected peripherals.

As Scientific Officer you will be responsible for the safe operation, monitoring, and maintenance of our stable isotope facility. You will also develop new analytical techniques, together with Faculty academic staff, PhD students and/or postdoctoral researchers. You will assist in installation and operation of the available instruments and data reduction and handling, as well as training of staff, students, and external users of this facility. You will instruct staff, students, and external users in appropriate procedures for the safe operation of the equipment available in the laboratory, in accordance with the needs of academic programmes and research activity.

We are looking for a flexible, independent, detail-oriented individual with:

- Related research and/or practical experience

- Extensive knowledge of sample analyses by IRMS

- Understanding of general laboratory safety guidelines and principles

You will have personal and organizational skills to process and evaluate complex datasets, and work with staff, students and post-docs. Knowledge in software development, electrical engineering, and inorganic (geo-)chemistry is advantageous.

While supporting the above activities you will be required to introduce safe working practices and manage the operation and maintenance of advanced laboratory equipment, including the requirement to dismantle and undertake first line maintenance of specialist equipment and machinery.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr. Sebastian Breitenbach or Dr. Vasile Ersek

How to apply

To apply for this vacancy please click ‘Apply Now’ (on this page, and submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article.