Sunday, 13 March 2011

Weekend Job Roll: 13th March

In a change from the standard medicinal/process chemistry fare, here are this weeks offerings:

Analyse rocks! The Mineralogy department of the Natural History Museum is looking for an analytical chemist to maintain and develop their analytical chemistry facilities and train/supervise users of the facility. Experience in ICP-based techniques essential, with knowledge of ion chromatography, CHN analysis, IR or MW digestion desirable. £27k, London.

Drive round the countryside! Someone with a lab background and experience with titration or chromatography equipment is sought for this field service engineer position covering SW England and S Wales. £22-28k + commission + car + other benefits.

Make paint! Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel is looking for an R&D graduate to work in their decorative paints division in Slough. The right applicant will join their 2-3 year graduate development scheme, working in at least two technical teams developing new and existing products. A 2:1 degree in chemistry is required, and the following desirable: degree in polymer chemistry, PhD, 2nd European language, relevant work experience. £25.5-27.5 for what sounds like a job with great career potential.

Write stuff! SelectScience have expanded upon the roles they were advertising a fortnight ago – to now include a staff writer, editor and TV editor. Common requirements include good attention to detail and a passion for new laboratory technologies and techniques. For the latter two positions, proven success in either an editor role or significant academic/industrial experience with contacts is required. More information about the company – established in 1998 and located between Bath and Bristol – can be found on their website.

Work Experience! If all this recent coverage of writing/editor jobs has gotten your creative juices flowing, the RSC are offering a science writer internship and summer placements in scientific publishing in Cambridge. The former is an 8-week position, providing an introduction to the whole editorial process from writing to publishing – and comes with a £1750 bursary. The latter is an 8-12 week placement working with journal teams and academics, correcting articles and publishing online - £8ph. Both positions are generally aimed at those studying for or recently completed their degree.


  1. Assuming a working week of 37.5 hours, that RSC Internship is paying below the minimum wage at £5.83 per hour!

  2. To respond - there are exemptions to paying National Minimum wage - cetratin work experience and volunteer work included. However our working week at the RSC is 35 hours and this rate then works out at £6.25 an hour. Any questions please feel free to contact me.

  3. Thanks for the info Katherine. Sounds like a great way to spend the summer getting some experience and a taste of the industry.


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