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Research Scientist – Analytical Chemistry / Toxicology

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Buxton, Derbyshire (with occasional travel)
Up to £36,625 per annum
Closing date
14 Jun 2024

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Research Scientist – Analytical Chemistry / Toxicology

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire (with occasional travel for site visits and meetings across the UK, including overnight stays, and potential overseas travel)

About Us

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We’re dedicated to protecting people and places, ensuring everyone can lead safer and healthier lives at work.

We are now looking for a Research Scientist to join our Exposure Measurement Portfolio, working within the Biological Monitoring Team on a permanent, full-time basis.

The Benefits

- Salary of up to £36,625 per annum
- 25 days’ annual leave, increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave
- Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 28.97%
- Flexible working options
- Family-friendly policies and working hours
- Competitive parental leave benefits
- Learning and development tailored to your role

If you have practical laboratory experience or research experience in analytical toxicology or analytical chemistry and technical expertise in gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography analysers this is an incredible opportunity to join our critical organisation.

Joining us at our internationally-renowned Science & Research Centre, you'll be at the forefront of cutting-edge research and innovation in health and safety.

Not only this, but you’ll have the chance to develop your scientific skills by attending conferences and participating in workshops and we will support with membership of national and international expert groups!

So, if you want to help us make workplaces healthier and safer places to be, read on and apply today.

The Role

As a Research Scientist, you will undertake a range of analytical laboratory work to prevent death, injury and ill-health in the workplace.

Specifically, you’ll analyse human biological samples for biomarkers of chemical exposure, including urine, blood, breath and other matrices. You will focus on metabolites of organic chemical exposures, using relevant analytical techniques including gas and liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry.

You’ll also undertake sample preparation, analysis and results reporting and routine maintenance and method development, as well as contributing to research projects for both HSE and commercial customers.

Additionally, you will:

- Identify where improvements in efficiency and quality could be made to standardised analytical services
- Implement instrument maintenance and method improvements
- Keep up to date with developments in the scientific community

About You

To be considered as a Research Scientist, you will need:

- Relevant practical experience of laboratory-based analysis and/or research in the field of analytical toxicology or analytical chemistry
- Relevant technical expertise in using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography analysers (preferably mass spectrometry), including experience of method development or improvement
- Experience of developing projects from initial idea to final delivery
- Experience of collating, managing, analysing and interpreting data
- The ability to troubleshoot instrument and method issues
- The ability to present research findings and data to a wide and varied audience

The closing date for this role is Midday on Friday 14th June 2024

Other organisations may call this role Scientific Researcher, Health and Safety Researcher, Risk Management Researcher, Research and Development Scientist, Laboratory Analyst, or Laboratory Scientist.

Webrecruit and Health and Safety Executive are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

So, if you want to develop your career in this challenging yet varied and rewarding role as a Research Scientist, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.



At the Health and Safety Executive, we believe everyone has the right to come home safe and well from their job.  That’s why our mission is to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health.

We are proud of the support we provide to businesses – through free guidance and advice. By giving employers the confidence to manage risks correctly, we boost productivity, support the economy and contribute to a fairer society.

HSE helps workers understand how they can stay safe and well.

With roots stretching back to 1833 the modern HSE is an independent regulator with over forty years’ experience helping Great Britain work well. Using world leading science we have helped protect millions of people from devastating injury and suffering.

HSE leads the way, but doesn’t act alone. Everyone has a part to play - employers, unions, trade associations, professional bodies, academics and others.

Working in partnership is one of our strengths. It’s at the heart of how we protect workers and the public.         

We concentrate on the most serious risks. We target industries with the greatest hazards, and sectors with the worst risk management record.

We are firm and fair when using our legal powers. Inspection helps us check that serious risks are managed sensibly. When things go wrong, investigation helps us get to the truth and learn lessons.

We hold employers to account for their failures and get answers for victims and make workplaces safer.             

The world of work is always changing. We use science to understand these changes. And that understanding helps us all prepare for the workplaces of Great Britain continues to be one of the safest and best places to work and do business.      

We are the Health and Safety Executive.

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