Biostratigraphy & Palaeontology Laboratory Technician

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
£19,404 to £21,091 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
03 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Biostratigraphy & Palaeontology Laboratory Technician


Keyworth, Nottingham

£19,404 to £21,091 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)


Permanent Appointment

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally.  It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts.

BGS had a broad portfolio in palaeontology, including projects on biostratigraphy, environmental geoscience, taphonomy, and conventional and unconventional energy.  The focus of this work is a small, vibrant team of research scientists and support staff based in our headquarters in Keyworth.  An exciting opportunity has arisen to join this team as a technician in our well-equipped biostratigraphy and palaeontology preparation laboratories.

About the role

Reporting directly to the Laboratory Manager, you will be responsible for preparing organic-walled and calcareous micropaleontological samples using a diverse range of acid and non-acid protocols and, when required, helping pick micropaleontological residues using a microscope.

As the Biostratigraphy & Palaeontology Laboratory Technician, you will ensure the consistent and high-quality preparation of samples and be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the facility, including the maintenance of strict health and safety standards and the ordering of consumables and equipment.

Aside from the underpinning key aspects of the Palaeontology Team’s portfolio, you will also help to train students and, when time allows, assist in the compilation of biostratigraphy datasets.

About you

You will have relevant practical experience of working in a laboratory using chemicals, preferably involving acid treatments and/or processing environmental samples.

A first degree in geoscience or a physical science is desirable, but not essential, as full training will be provided.

You must be able to demonstrate that you have a methodical approach to work and excellent attention to detail and you will also be expected to provide evidence of the ability to meet tight deadlines and work unsupervised.

What we offer

A generous benefits package is also offered, including a very competitive pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, free parking and access to flexi-time.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process.  A well thought through application addressing the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 30 April 2019.  Interviews will take place in late May 2019 in Nottingham, with a start date as soon as possible thereafter.