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Analyst - Microscopy

Campden BRI via SRG

Jobs E-bulletin issue no: 908/150818 Date job posted: 13 August 2018

Campden BRI provides scientific, technical, and legislative support to the food, drinks and allied industries worldwide. The practical application of technical excellence lies at the heart of all that we do and is supported by our industry-leading facilities, expertise and knowledge.

From analysis and testing and operational support to knowledge management, all our activities are built on an extensive programme of research and innovation steered by industry to ensure maximum commercial relevance.

We provide services to companies all along the supply chain, but offer discounts, access to expert advice and other benefits for those that come into membership. Many of our clients are major blue chip companies and household names.

The Campden BRI Group operates from two sites in the UK and a third in Hungary. The role as advertised will be based at the Chipping Campden site but could require from time to time travel to other Group sites.

The site in Chipping Campden employs 300 full or part-time staff. A further 50 staff are employed at the site at Nutfield, Surrey and 30 staff are employed at our site in Budapest, Hungary.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department is the largest Department at Campden BRI, with over 50 staff. The Department is grouped into Sections dealing with Food Composition, Biochemistry, Chromatography and Microscopy. The work of the Department encompasses nutritional composition analysis for food labelling and other purposes, authenticity and allergen testing, analysis for a wide range of potential chemical contaminants including pesticides and illegal dyes, problems with food packaging materials and the identification of foreign bodies reported from food.

The Microscopy Section is a small team of analysts carrying out a wide range of work with food structure, food packaging and foreign bodies reported from food. The largest area of work is foreign body identification, dealing with a wide range of foreign bodies reported from food products by consumers. A rapid turnaround service is offered to food manufacturers and retailers to enable them to respond quickly to consumer complaints. Other activities involve studies of food structure, troubleshooting problems with food packaging materials, and the identification of a wide range of samples, some of them non-food materials, for H.M. Revenue & Customs.

We are looking for an analyst to work within the Microscopy Section, principally on contract services dealing mainly with the identification of foreign bodies reported from food, but with some work in the other areas in which the Microscopy Section is involved. The post will involve the use of a wide range of microscopy and micro-analytical techniques including light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray microanalysis and FT-IR spectroscopy. The person appointed will be expected to work both on their own and as part of a team, taking responsibility for the identification of individual foreign body samples and preparing a report on each sample. The post-holder may also be expected to deputise when necessary for the Microscopy Section Administrative Assistant, involving booking-in of samples, sending off reports and preparation of invoices. The post, which is available immediately, would suit a candidate with an investigative frame of mind and an interest in the imaginative application of analytical techniques. Experience of microscopy techniques and a basic understanding of quality control procedures would be useful.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• To undertake microscopic investigations of glass fragments and other foreign bodies, food packaging and food structure and other materials using light and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray microanalysis and FT-IR analysis after appropriate training, and carry out other technical operations in accordance with the position as instructed.
• Interpret analytical data.
• Prepare technical reports on foreign body identification and other samples for food industry clients.
• If required, to book in samples and send out reports
• To work in a safe manner in accordance with departmental policies.
• To work in accordance with the Campden BRI Management system.
• To keep neat and orderly records of results and other relevant information.

Qualifications and Competencies
• Science degree and a broad scientific background
• Lab experience is desired but not essential.

Key Skills
• Good with scientific equipment in general
• Specific microscopy experience desirable, but not essential
• Investigative, problem-solving turn of mind.
• Ability to work on own or as part of a small team
• Ability to work well under pressure.
• Ability to write clear, concise reports for non-scientific clients
• Organised, methodical approach to work

Further information about the company visit our website

Type: Permanent
Basis: Full Time
Salary Details: £17,500 - £18,350 per annum. Grade:G2. Holidays: 24 days plus public holidays and a holiday exchange scheme.Pension scheme. Campden BRI is committed to ensure all staff receives appropriate training to support their job function and business needs.  Campden BRI operates a ‘permanent health scheme’ if you are unable to continue work for health reasons and a ‘death in service’ scheme. Other benefits include subsidised restaurant/vending machine and parking on site.
Method of application: Email CV and covering letter
Contact name for applications: Chris Gabbott

Closing Date: Not stated : To be withdrawn on 20 September 2018

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