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Laboratory Analyst – Phytoplankton (Water Framework Directive)

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The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI). The Marine Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220-million-acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and scientific services; and safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring. The Institute works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and a network of other Government Departments, semi-state agencies, national and international marine partners.

Summary of the Role:

The Phytoplankton Laboratory Analyst will primarily be responsible for undertaking analysis of phytoplankton samples including the identification of total community and enumeration of species in these samples sampled as part of the Water Framework Directive requirements. The primary method employed will be via light microscopy methods. The analyst will also carry out chlorophyll analysis of water samples. They will be required to carry out calibration of equipment including chlorophyll sensors from time to time Please read a detailed job description here (right click to open JD in new window)

Educational and Professional Requirements:

• A minimum of a third level Certificate in a relevant scientific subject. • Demonstrated relevant work experience in a laboratory environment. • Knowledge of phytoplankton taxonomy and ecology, and chlorophyll analysis. • Knowledge of instrument calibration and instrument troubleshooting • A high level of computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet/Email). • Willingness and ability to work at sea on board research vessels and field sampling visits as required • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. • Proven scientific and technical report writing skills. • The ability to manage time effectively and work to deadlines. • Demonstrated understanding of the requirements of an ISO17025 accredited laboratory environment • A full driving license.

Duration of Contract:

This temporary specified purpose contract of employment, providing redeployment cover and will run up to 31st December 2027 subject to continued funding. The successful candidate will be on probation for the first six months of this contract.

How to Apply:

A C.V. and letter of application, summarising experience and skill set applicable to the position should be emailed to recruitment@marine.ie or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway. All correspondence for this post should quote reference MEFS/LA/PHYTO/Dec22 Closing date for Applications:

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12 noon Monday 26th of December 2022. Unfortunately, late applications cannot be accepted.

Use of data- all personal data and the information submitted for this application will be used solely for the purpose of this campaign, after which it will be deleted in line with our data and documents policy. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence and accessed only by those involved directly in the campaign. Marine Institute is an equal opportunities employer Closing Date Monday, December 26, 2022 - 12:00

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