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GC Analyst

Bedford Laboratory
Position: GC Analyst
Location: Bedford
Type: Permanent, Full Time
Salary: £23,000 - £27,000

We are looking for an experienced GC-MS analyst, ideally with a background in the analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), to join our talented team of Analytical Chemists.

As an experienced GC Analyst, you'll be familiar with your typical responsibilities across the entire analytical process - from sample extraction to data analysis and reporting of results. You will be responsible for running a range of methods for the identification and quantification of environmental contaminants, primarily using GC-MS. You may also need to work in the Lab conducting the sample extraction, as required. Given the rapidly changing nature of the industry, there may also be a requirement to work with senior colleagues to develop methods for novel and/or emerging environmental contaminants in line with industry and commercial requirements.

Your acquired skills and experience will enable you to take the lead in the VOC work area and have direct input into method development and validation as well as maintaining documentation. You will be responsible for the preparation of samples, as well as the analysis and reporting of data in accordance with ISO17025.

It's a great time to join RPS. We're investing in our growth to meet the demands of the market and we need experienced people to help us deliver our goals. If you're looking for the next step in your career, get in touch today.

Key Responsibilities
- Follow established procedures to perform trace organic analysis on a wide range of samples/matrices.
- Operate primarily GC-MS instrumentation, including headspace GC-MS, together with other laboratory equipment, as required.
- Work with extraction staff within the laboratory to ensure samples are prepared for analysis according to customer requirements.
- Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of GC-MS instrumentation.
- Prepare samples, solutions and reagents following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.
- Process and interprets analytical results for entry onto LIMS.
- Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of analytical equipment.

About you
You'll have
- A strong background in the use of GC-MS for the analysis of VOCs.
- Experience working within a fast-paced, commercial analytical testing laboratory.
- Demonstrable experience with the routine maintenance and troubleshooting of GC-MS systems.
- Ability to manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment;
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively at different levels within an organisation.

Ideally you may have
- Experience working within an ISO17025 accredited, environmental-testing laboratory.
- Experience using Agilent Chemstation and Masshunter software.

The job involves the following possible hazards
- Manual handling
- Use of display screen equipment
- Use of chemicals

All job offers are subject to a basic criminal history check and health check relevant to the role being applied for.

What we offer you
We'll provide you with a flexible, friendly and creative environment to challenge and develop your skills. You?ll be working in our brand new, purpose-built laboratory facility which uses state of the art analytical equipment.
We support our people to innovate, collaborate and build meaningful careers while you work on a variety of interesting projects.

Our employees are rewarded with competitive salaries, opportunities to invest and many other benefits including: 24 days holiday (excluding bank holidays) with the option to purchase up to 5 extra days per year; access to our Company Pension Scheme, Private Healthcare, Group Disability Scheme, Share Incentive Scheme, Life Assurance, Cycle to Work Scheme, Health Screening, Employee Assistance Programme, Professional Memberships, and RPS Affinity Scheme.

About RPS:
RPS is a leading global professional services firm of 5,000+ people. We define, design and manage projects that create shared value in a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world. Connecting with our global expertise we make it easy for our clients to create winning solutions for their communities and their clients. By being confidently pragmatic we solve problems that matter. We make complex easy.

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.