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Senior Scientist- Method Development

Become a Senior Scientist with Fera Science and make your contribution to the UK's Biosecurity and Food Safety!

With a heritage stretching back over 100 years, we built our reputation on delivering science for the public good against threats including plant pests, diseases and chemicals that have a global impact on our food security and natural environment.

We respond to key challenges facing our society and the implications that this will have. Original thinking...applied. We're hiring innovative scientists across our Food Safety Programme.

As a Senior Scientist you will be an experienced analytical chemist with a demonstrable knowledge of modern sample extraction and clean-up techniques and mass spectrometric (LC & GC) techniques wanting to take the next step in your career. You will be reporting to the contaminants team manager and be responsible for the development, validation and improvement of accredited methods for the analysis of contaminants in food and environmental samples. What you'll be doing:

  • Undertaking sample extraction and clean-up techniques and mass spectrometric (LC & GC) techniques
  • You'll be responsible for the development, validation and improvement of accredited methods for the analysis of contaminants in food and environmental samples
  • You will also be interacting with various internal and external customers to support method refresh, research activities
  • Though leadership and assisting with the development of junior staff
  • Maintaining the highest standards of analytical measurement to provide a competitive, efficient and cost-effective contaminant screening service for Fera's growing business needs
  • Keeping up to date of the current global regulatory requirements relating to residue and contaminant analysis in food and environmental samples.

What we're looking for:

  • Ideally, BSc or PhD in Analytical chemistry or equivalent discipline
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Experience of working at a senior level in an analytical chemistry laboratory environment.
  • In depth knowledge and experience of chemical techniques used for the clean-up and extraction of residues and contaminations from complex sample matrices.
  • In depth practical experience of LC-MS & GC-MS including method development, routine operation, data processing and interpretation of results.
  • Experience writing of scientific article, papers for publication and technical customer reports.
  • Experience of operating within a quality assurance system such as ISO 17025 or GLP
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to design experiments, develop methods and troubleshoot.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills as well as meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong IT skills and knowledge of specialist data processing software platforms.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills and ability to work on multiple projects.

About Fera

At Fera, we're making the world a better, healthier and safer place. We're a joint venture partnership between Capita and Defra and we're working proactively to protect the world we live in and the food we eat. Fera is a national and international centre of excellence for interdisciplinary investigation and problem solving across plant and bee health, crop protection, sustainable agriculture, food and feed quality and chemical safety in the environment. Join us and contribute to delivering world-class science for the future.

Fera are part of Capita Plc, a leading UK provider of technology enabled business services. We're supporting and improving the lives of millions of people every day and we can only do this with the right people in place, working towards a shared goal. We encourage an open, honest working environment where everyone can be true to themselves, and people are valued for their differences. We're always challenging each other to learn and improve, because we know when we work together, we can deliver better outcomes. We work across such a huge range of businesses and sectors, that you'll have the opportunity to grow and develop your career in any number of directions.

What's in it for you?

  • A competitive basic salary from £27k
  • 23 days' holiday (rising to 27) with the opportunity to buy extra leave
  • Company matched pension, life assurance, a cycle2work scheme, 15 weeks' fully paid maternity, adoption and shared parental leave, paternity pay of two weeks...and plenty more
  • Voluntary benefits designed to suit your lifestyle - from discounts on retail and socialising, to health & wellbeing, travel and technology
  • The opportunity to take a paid day out of the office, volunteering for our charity partners or a cause of your choice
  • Access to our Employee Network Groups, which represent every strand of diversity and allow colleagues to connect and learn from each other on an open, inclusive platform
  • This role is based at our world class site near York, UK with access to start-of the-art facilities, on site gym, free parking and discounted public transport
  • You'll be required on site full time (some working from home/ hybrid), 37.5 hours per week, Monday - Friday. We offer flexi time anytime between 7am and 7pm

What we hope you'll do next:

Choose 'Apply now' to fill out our short application, so that we can find out more about you.

We're an equal opportunity and Disability Confident employer, which means we recruit and develop people based on their merit and passion. We're committed to providing an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment process and working environment for everyone. If you need the job description or application form in an alternative format (such as large print or audio), or if you'd like to discuss other changes or support you might need going forward, please email Iqbal at or call and we'll get back to you. For more information about equal opportunities and process adjustments, please visit the Capita Careers website.

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York, England, UK