Ricardo: Senior Laboratory Technician - 12 month Fixed Term Contract

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Senior Laboratory Technician - 12 month Fixed Term Contract

  • Role type
  • Contract

  • Location
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell)

Job Description

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.

The Air Quality & Environment Practice team of over 100 consultants, scientists and engineers develop and apply state-of-the-art tools and techniques to deliver effective solutions to difficult air quality problems.  Our team includes knowledge leaders on air quality measurement, inventory development, modelling, exposure assessment, chemical modelling, public health impacts, information management and data visualisation. Our clients benefit from the full range of air quality services that result in solutions and strategies tailored to addressing challenges at local, city and national scales. We deliver hundreds of projects every year, to public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas, including flagship programmes such as the UK’s national air quality measurement network (AURN), the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) and the annual national scale air quality modelling assessment on behalf of UK Government.

With growing pressure on businesses and governments around the world to meet stringent standards and regulations, the ability to assess air quality is an essential requirement.  Ricardo Energy & Environment’s experts help industry and government comply with legislation, supporting organizations through our key services – such as monitoring and quantifying air quality in a wide variety of scenarios and equipment calibration (essential for demonstrating to regulatory authorities the validity of measurements). We have ambitious growth plans and are now seeking to strengthen our laboratory and technical support team at our Ludbridge Mill Laboratory.

Role Purpose / Key Accountabilities:

Within our laboratories, you will ensure that processes are carried out to a high standard following documented procedures and that data are accurately recorded and made available to project managers and clients in a timely manner. Duties in support of several air quality monitoring networks, will include preparation and calibration of sampling equipment, receipt and cataloguing of samples, maintaining laboratory records and data analysis. Some UK travel may be required.

Key competencies and experience:

  • Good numerical and computer literacy skills are essential;
  • Education to a minimum of National Diploma (or equivalent) in Physical Sciences or Engineering will be an advantage
  • Full, clean UK driving licence - ability to drive a Company vehicle
  • Although familiarity with laboratory equipment would be desirable, we recognise that the successful candidate will require suitable training in the operation of the apparatus and our procedures

Skills and behaviours:

  • IT literacy
  • Strong communication and team working skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Self-reliance and good problem solving skills
  • Awareness of laboratory safety issues

This is a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo Energy & Environment.

If you are keen to make a difference, then we welcome your application. In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive remuneration and benefits package and the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field.

Ricardo Energy & Environment is an equal opportunities employer.