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Scientist - Animal Sports Screening

We are looking for a committed and proactive Scientist to work in our Animal Sports Testing Team, which is part of the Sport and Specialised Analytical Services (SSAS) department within the Standards division at our Fordham, Cambridgeshire site.

Job purpose:

As part of a team, you will provide a high quality analytical chemistry service to LGC’s animal sports customers.  All work will be performed under the ISO17025 quality standard.

Key responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct analytical work (sample extraction and analyte detection) using appropriate techniques and in accord with the requirements of ISO17025
  • Productive and flexible working
  • Provision of results in a timely manner following documented procedures
  • Interpretation of analytical data and presentation of results and conclusions
  • Responsive and able to perform additional analyses and investigations as required
  • Perform routine maintenance on a range of scientific equipment, including mass spectrometers

Person specification:

  • Effective time management; ensuring objectives and tasks are completed on time and to an acceptable standard
  • Enthusiastic with a positive attitude and willingness to get involved
  • Make a positive contribution and take responsibility for how actions affect the rest of the team
  • Good communicator, able to convey written and spoken information accurately and concisely
  • Team worker, able to work flexibly and with initiative to bring forward ideas
  • Sound scientific knowledge with experience of chromatography and related techniques
  • Knowledge and experience of mass spectrometry and particularly GC-MS and LC-MS techniques
  • Operationally aware and able to contribute to improvements in output and efficiency

Education, experience and technical skills

  • Educated to degree or equivalent level in a biological or chemical science

About our Animal Sports Team:

LGC’s Animal Sports business provides medication and doping control services to the animal sports sector, where the major customers include the BHA, IHRB, FEI, and GBGB.  Drug screening for these regulatory bodies is carried out to protect the integrity of the sports and the welfare of the animal competitors.  Prescribed methodologies based on both GC and LC-MS/MS (including high resolution Orbitrap technology) are used in the laboratory but these are routinely undergoing review and refinement.  The laboratory must respond to the latest threats identified by the regulators and so research, method development and validation underpin all drug screening activities.