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Lab Technician Job Details
Job title: Lab Technician
Category: Waste & Recycling
Term: Permanent
Location: Buckinghamshire
Ref: 895366
Job description:
Main Purposes

Performs skilled work in the quantitative chemical and biological analysis on water, process water, organic and inorganic solids and other processes. Manage and communicate test results to the Operations Manager for quality control and process control at the Recycling Plant. Assist in the preparation of technical and compliance reports.

Tests are performed to determine:

* compliance with contractual requirements

* compliance with regulatory requirements

* to provide process control data to allow optimal performance of the various processes on site


 Perform sample collection where required. Samples to be collected could include percolate, digestate and compost like output from the Organics Treatment process; boiler water, process water, condensate and ash from the Advanced Thermal Treatment system; solid waste and various output streams from the Mechanical Treatment system.

 Operate laboratory equipment and conduct all required testing. Perform chemical, bacteriological, and physical testing on a wide variety of samples. Maintain test result records, and prepare laboratory reports to management. Work involves generating laboratory data and reporting results for use by others, including logging results in an agreed format on the MKWRP shared drive and preparing standard reports as required.

 Develop and maintain a Quality Control Manual for the MKWRP laboratory in line with industry best practice.

 Perform laboratory quality control. Calibrate or procure the calibration of the laboratory equipment as appropriate; perform quality control checks; analyse performance evaluation samples; keep testing records as specified in the laboratory's Quality Control Manual

 Provide training on laboratory procedures and equipment to plant operators and maintain a training schedule or matrix to record the training of all appropriate staff in the use of the laboratory.

 Perform testing to provide data to optimize plant processes that use chemical additions or produce process outputs (e.g. use of process additives in and production of biogas from the anaerobic digester)

 Maintain laboratory consumables and order laboratory supplies. Maintain laboratory instruments and equipment in good working condition to provide precise data and testing in a timely manner

 Manage the analyses that are undertaken by external laboratories (e.g. assessments of ash hazard status) and review and maintain the database of external laboratory reports.

 Performs other duties of a comparable level/type as required

Professional Profile


 Degree in Chemistry or Microbiology or a closely related field


 Communication Skills

 Interpersonal skills

 Computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint

 Analytical Chemistry skills


 Experience in a laboratory analysing water or wastewater/solid samples or in a position equivalent laboratory technician in a processing environment

Personal Profile

Behavioural competencies

 Team player

 Self-motivated and Proactive

 Ability to work unsupervised

 Time-manage, set priorities and work to strict deadlines

 Attentive to detail and accuracy

Technical competencies

 Knowledge of the principles, practices, equipment and techniques of chemical and microbiological analysis pertaining to water, wastewater and solids materials

 Familiarity with typical laboratory equipment, including spectrophotometry, TOC analysis, titration, drying and ashing equipment

Please contact Joshua Jacob for more information.
Salary: 17.5 per annum
Start date: 10.10.17
Contact name: Ethan Jacob
Contact email address: ethan.jacob@hunterskill.com
Contact telephone number: 01473 216611
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