The British Geological Survey is one of the world’s leading and forward thinking geological science institutes with a focus on both public good science for government and geoscientific research to understand earth and environmental processes. A vacancy has arisen for a motivated Isotope Support Scientist our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.

You will provide support in non-routine analysis of radiogenic isotopes, assisting with chemical purification, monitoring and maintaining ultra-low contamination levels, providing support in operating of thermal and plasma source mass spectrometers, and undertaking commercial analysis and other project work with minimal supervision.

You should be educated to BSc level in a science subject and will have experience in chemical procedures, analytical chemistry, autonomous and group working, and problem solving. Experience in isotope ratio mass spectrometry and operation of TIMS and ICPMS instrumentation would be an advantage. You must have a high level of attention to detail with respect to technically challenging extraction techniques and must be capable of manipulating small components and safely handling toxic reagents.

You will be part of a larger team, so must be able to work effectively with colleagues in a busy laboratory environment and possess good communication skills, both oral and written.

Depending on qualifications and experience, starting salary for the role will be £19,740 per annum to £23,390 per annum (pay award pending). This is advertised as an open ended appointment working 37 hours per week excluding lunch breaks. We will consider applications from those who require more flexible arrangements. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.

Applications are handled by the RCUK Shared Services Centre; to apply please go to this page and submit your up-to-date C.V. and covering letter, which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867003, please quote reference number IRC113414.

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 18 October 2013.

The Natural Environment Research Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.