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Instrument Technician (NMR and mass spectrometry)

Job title Instrument Technician (NMR and mass spectrometry)

Department Faculty of Science

Salary Starting from £28,929, rising to £35,308

Grade Grade 6

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 3111

Placed on Wednesday 17 May 2023

Closing date Wednesday 07 June 2023

Interview date Thursday 15 June 2023

Reference HC10619

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Instrument Technician, specialising in NMR Spectroscopy primarily along with Mass Spectrometry (MS), to work in the Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC2) at the University of Bath.

Supporting the Instrument Specialists, you will be responsible for

  • providing day-to-day support in the running of the NMR and MS services
  • training and assisting users
  • running samples, carrying out nitrogen fills, and general day-to-day equipment maintenance. 

You will also be involved in carrying out analytical work, particularly NMR, for external customers.

About You 

You will have a strong interest in practical NMR and/or MS and a desire to use and develop your skills in this area, working hard in a busy environment to help provide a first-class analytical service to approximately 400 researchers. You will also have a proven theoretical understanding of these techniques.

We are looking for a hardworking scientist who takes pride in their work, a good communicator who will enjoy liaising closely with our staff and students, and someone who enjoys working with state-of-the-art instrumentation to solve complex analytical problems. Our main userbase is predominantly drawn from within chemistry and life sciences, with occasional users from other departments, and a good degree or equivalent professional qualification in chemistry or related scientific discipline is essential. Further opportunities may be available to work in other analytical areas within MC2 if desired.

About the Department

MC2 is a cross-departmental facility which provides core underpinning analytical instrumentation and support to researchers across the University. It includes over 50 instruments encompassing NMR, MS, X-ray diffraction, thermal and surface analysis, electron microscopy and bio-imaging. Our friendly team of ~11 staff operate and maintain the instrument base, train and support users, arrange lectures and courses on all of our techniques, and provide a consultancy service to private companies and other universities requiring use of MC2 equipment. The NMR facilities consist of seven spectrometers (six Bruker and one Agilent) at 400 and 500 MHz, one of which is the centrepiece of the DReaM reaction monitoring facility, and one which will soon be upgraded to include solid state capabilities. The MS service currently consists of Agilent Walkup UHPLC-QTOF, UHPLC Bruker Maxis-QTOF, Agilent/Markes TD-GCMS, Bruker MALDI TOF-TOF (soon to be replaced) and Themo Dionex Ultimate 3000 UHPLC-UV spectrometers, as well as providing support for the DReaM facility spectrometers.

About the University

What we can offer you:

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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Update to our application process

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.