Analytical Research Scientist – LC-MS

City of Edinburgh (GB)
01 Feb 2019
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Accreditation Requirements
Not specified

The Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI) is the research and technology organisation for the UK distilling industry and carries out an innovative programme of research from barley to bottle.  SWRI’s UKAS accredited laboratory is based at the Heriot Watt Research Park on the west side of Edinburgh.

About this job

A new position is available for an Analytical Research Scientist with hands on experience in LC-MS.  The successful candidate will be an experienced LC and LC-MS chemist with the ability to develop new methods to characterise the composition of Scotch Whisky and other spirit drinks at various stages in their production process.  Knowledge of other analytical techniques such as GC-MS and IC is desirable. The role will include project-based investigations that contribute to SWRI’s exciting and varied research programme.  The research programme covers all aspects of spirit production from raw materials & distillery processing through to maturation, flavour and product protection.  There is also an opportunity to undertake industry specific qualifications such as the Diploma in Distilling awarded by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.  

A competitive package, including a generous Group Personal Pension Plan and private healthcare, will be offered.

Main Duties

  • Develop new LC-MS methods for the analysis of Scotch Whisky and other spirits
  • Provide analytical chemistry expertise for method validation and troubleshooting
  • Provide technical expertise through the design, co-ordination and execution of experimental and analytical research projects
  • Prepare written reports and oral presentations of research results to internal and external customers
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge and familiarity with developments in analytical science and Scotch Whisky production processes

Essential requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related subject
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in an analytical science role
  • Hands-on experience in LC and LC-MS method development and troubleshooting
  • Proven interest in analytical chemistry

Desirable requirements

  • A dynamic individual with who can take initiative and work under their own supervision
  • Proven experience of planning, organising and managing time and activities effectively
  • A clear and positive communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • Effective team member with a flexible approach

To apply

Please e-mail your CV and covering letter addressed to Dr James Brosnan, Director of Research to the following address:

Closing Date: Friday 1st March

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