Careers - Senior Analytical Chemist

Job Description:

Senior Analytical Chemist

£25,000 – £30,000 a year



Additional Requirements & Information:

Education: Batchelors

Experience: Analytical chemistry: 2 years 

Schedule: Monday to Friday

Location: Commute or relocate to Bicester before taking role

Language: Fluent English

Work Authorisation: Right to work in the UK

Covid: Covid policies are in place to ensure a safe working environment

Do you like the idea of  joining a small, friendly laboratory that is on on a path of growth and development? Are you interested in becoming part of a ground-breaking Study Team?

Oxford Analytical Services Limited is an analytical chemistry testing facility working under GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) Regulations.

Our core business includes analytical method development and validation, storage stability trials, 5 batch analysis and physical chemical testing for biocides and other agrochemicals.

And we are currently looking for a fun loving, hard working Senior Analytical Chemist to join our Bicester family.

What the role involves:

This is a role for someone keen to learn who already has a strong grounding knowledge of analytical chemistry in a practical environment.
You will be working with the support of the Management team alongside a team of analysts and Study Directors. You will need to be comfortable hitting the ground running and working independently on many tasks whilst undergoing GLP training and laboratory training in unfamiliar techniques. The main functions will include:

  • To carry out various laboratory tasks in compliance with GLP, to include method development and determination of active content using various analytical equipment, wet chemistry techniques and physical testing
  • To support with, or lead on, the maintenance and calibration of equipment as required
  • To interact with Sponsors in sending results and answering queries as needed
  • To develop skills and understanding of GLP and the regulations governing the work our Sponsors require i.e., CRD requirements, SANCO, plant protection and biocidal products guidelines
  • To support with the preparation of technical reports and excel calculation sheets
  • To ensure you maintain and up to date training record and undertake training activities as required
  • To always work in a safe manner and proactively support health and safety initiatives
  • To support managing stock levels, chemical waste handling, storage, and disposal
  • To carry out COSHH assessments and writing of analytical methods
  • To support junior staff with more complex procedures applying your equipment and chemistry knowledge to troubleshoot problems
  • To either currently practise as an equipment expert in a particular field or be willing to self-develop into one with support from the team
  • To support the company through a digitisation process sharing your experiences of both good and bad opportunities you have experienced

What we are looking for:

  • Strong technical skills and qualifications in analytical chemistry – essential
  • Experience of using a range of techniques such as IC, GC-FID, GC-MS and/or LC/MS-MS – essential
  • Strong background with wet chemistry techniques and physical/chemical testing – preferred
  • Good understanding of the OECD principles of GLP – preferred
  • Experience working within a regulated laboratory environment – essential
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Word for technical, well-presented report writing – preferred
  • Excellent analytical skills using excel or chromatography software for generating calculations and setting up calibrations – essential
  • Understanding of physical testing/storage stability requirements – preferred
  • Method development experience in analytical chemistry with a range of formulations ideally with knowledge of SANCO/3030/99 Rev 5 – essential
  • Ability to work independently, multitask and maintain high standards of work – essential
  • Ambition to grow and develop into a GLP Study Director – essential
  • Ability to work well independently and with others on different projects – essential
  • Ability to manage own workload in line with given timelines – essential
  • Experience using any of OpenLab, MagicNet, Masshunter, Asana or Sevron – preferred
  • Someone who has read this full brief and is not put off by hard but rewarding work – essential

What we offer:

A friendly and welcoming working environment.Hours are Monday to Friday – 7.5 working hours per day. Flexi starts between 8.30 and 9am. Finish between 4.45 and 5.30pm. Lunch generally 30-45 mins.

  • Salary: 25 to 30k, reviewed after probation, annually or with a change in responsibility or promotion
  • Holiday: 23 basic days plus bank holidays, plus 2 days extra at Christmas for company closure, increasing on length of service
  • Company Pension Scheme & sick pay based on length of service
  • Opportunities for training and development both personal and professional – company funded training opportunities and an internal digital learning library full of resources for personal and professional development
  • The opportunity to learn from some insanely qualified and amazing people in various areas with no limitations on how many ways you want to develop
  • Payment of professional memberships to support development i.e., RSC, CIPD, IOSH
  • Pizza/fun days, Christmas meals, and birthday celebrations as standard


  • Additional leave
  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay
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