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The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a laboratory technician to implement and maintain new ways of working which will support the laboratories, field-work and office activities of the atmospheric group within Department of Chemistry.

The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories are the largest dedicated atmospheric chemistry facility in the UK. Home to more than 65 researchers with interests in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry WACL supports an exceptional research environment, providing access to state of the art facilities and a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise. WACL maintains continuous atmospheric monitoring; at York, across the UK and overseas; at fixed sites and using the WACL mobile research vehicle.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, placed in the top ten UK for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF). As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.


This role will be responsible for contributing to all aspects of WACL operations, with the primary objective being the daily running and organisation of the laboratories in-order to support the researchers with their activities. Initially this will involve implementation of new ways of working to enable WACL to function to an even higher standard.

Specific tasks include:

  • assisting with management of calibration gases, including creation of new in-house gas mixtures; assisting with organisation and packing for shipping of equipment
  • providing technical advice in relation to WACL and the techniques used in atmospheric chemistry, to staff and students
  • contribute to the housekeeping of WACL, including the routine maintenance, repair and operation of equipment including some installation and maintenance of field monitoring equipment on field site.
  • understand, promote and apply relevant COSHH/risk assessment and departmental health and safety protocols ensuring procedures are followed at all times

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A levels or appropriate experience; RSciTech / EngTech or willingness to work towards these or equivalent professional qualifications
  • Knowledge of relevant theoretical general science, safety regulations and awareness and understanding of the operation of a scientific laboratory
  • Ability to perform practical, technical tasks to a consistently high standard with attention to detail, providing solutions to problems and keeping accurate records
  • Ability to operate standard equipment
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team and work to deadlines
  • Good interpersonal, communication and IT skills
  • Flexibility in approach to both the role and ways of working

The post is full time and will be available from 1st April 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries to Dr Martyn Ward (

The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive. 

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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