Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Lowestoft


An opportunity exists for a Radiochemistry Laboratory Analyst in the Radiological and Chemical Sciences (RACS) Group. The work area comprises a diverse group of scientists who provide high quality analytical support, data interpretation and scientific advice to a comprehensive portfolio of internal and external contracts for UK and international customers.

The purpose of the role is to undertake radiochemical analysis of environmental samples, delivering high quality analytical results to support a nationwide food and environment sampling and analysis programme around nuclear sites for radioactivity. Based at our Lowestoft site, you will utilise your expertise in analytical techniques to meet delivery and ensure that the labs operate to high quality standards including UKAS accreditation. Cefas provides high quality analytical services for the purpose of radiological protection of people and the environment.

Main duties and responsibilities

- Undertaking a variety of radiochemical analyses in environmental samples (for alpha and beta emitting radionuclides).
- Delivery of high-quality analytical results to project specifications and deadlines.
- Using a range of equipment, including liquid scintillation counters, sodium Iodide detectors and combustion furnaces.
- Responsibility for organising the collection and throughput of the sea water sample programme and associated maintenance of equipment.
- Using the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
- Maintaining QC/background data and being compliant with UKAS requirements.
- Ensuring compliance with relevant Health and Safety requirements and Quality Procedures, including rigorous adherence to relevant CoSHH, Risk Assessments and UKAS SOPs.
- Carrying out miscellaneous duties associated with working in a laboratory environment.

Full training in all radiochemical and radiometric procedures will be provided. There will be opportunities to gain wider experience of radioanalytical assay and also to contribute to other aspects of the work required to deliver our radiological monitoring programmes.


- A good understanding of chemistry or physics is required.
- Good IT skills are essential with experience of standard Microsoft applications such as Excel and Word.
- You must have good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, be flexible and possess the ability to organise your own workload to meet deadlines.


- Practical experience of working in an analytical laboratory (radiochemical or non-radiochemical) an understanding of Health and Safety requirements, experience in working with quality control and Standard Operating Procedures would be desirable but full training will be provided.
- You must have experience of working in a team and be able to work independently using your own initiative.
- Highly self-motivated, enthusiastic about the work, and a positive attitude to learn new radioanalytical skills. You must be methodical and organised, have sound problem-solving skills and excellent attention to detail.

Person specification

Please show how your previous experience and skills will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description.


Academic qualifications required for direct entry into this PB3 post are 2 A levels or an equivalent qualification.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Making Effective Decisions

Managing a Quality Service

Working Together



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.