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Analytical Technician

Biorenewables Development Centre
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Biorenewables Development Centre, Dunnington
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The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), part of the University of York, wishes to immediately recruit an Analytical Technician to the Process Development Unit (PDU) to support delivery of the ERDF-funded Bioeconomy Growth Programme and other applied research projects. 

The centre is an open access business-facing R&D scale-up facility. It works closely with the University of York and other academic research groups across the globe, as well as engaging with a wide range of commercial organisations.  


To provide analytical and technical support to applied projects within the bioeconomy.  You will work with other technical and non-technical BDC staff to ensure the smooth running of the analytical and technical facilities.

Ideally, you will be a dynamic character who is self-motivated and organised, with attention to detail and a willingness to learn about new techniques and research methods.

As well as contributing to a series of industry-facing biorenewables-based projects providing technical input into projects based upon the valorisation of plant, microbial and bio-based materials.

This is an outstanding opportunity to make a significant contribution to a forward looking, expanding research centre with a highly commercial outlook.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • Experience of operating analytical equipment, particularly HPLC, GC and MS-linked chromatography systems etc.
  • A good working knowledge of sample preparation, method transfer/development and results interpretation
  • Strong attention to detail with careful record keeping.
  • Highly organised ensuring work is delivered in most efficient manner.  Ability to manage laboratory consumable stock and equipment maintenance/servicing.
  • An interest in biorefining, pre-processing, downstream processing and/or scale-up would be an advantage.
  • Capacity for inter-disciplinary work and willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas
  • Willingness to learn, gain knowledge and acquire further relevant skills
  • For a more complete list of the skills, experience and qualifications needed, please refer to the Person Specification.

You will be mentored by the Lead Technologist, with on the job learning and development, and any suitable training can be discussed. It is also hoped that a new member of the team will contribute to work area and analytical service continuous improvements.

Interview date: 18 January 2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Mark Gronnow, Process Development Unit Lead on

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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