Job Posting: Research Technician Swansea University

Research Technician

Job Number


Advertising Department


Contract Type

Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date



£22,017 – £24.771 per annum

This position will be based at the Singleton Campus

This is a fixed-term position until 31.12.2020

Main Purpose of the Post

The post holder will work within state-of-the-art laboratory facilities within the Department of Geography, College of Science. The post holder will provide technical support for research activities relating to the NERC-funded project “Fire and water: predicting and mitigating water pollution risk from wildfire ash.” The project examines production and movement of wildfire ash and any potential contaminants it may contain following severe wildfires in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. This knowledge will be used to produce a probabilistic model that allows end-users predicting ash delivery and associated water contamination risk to the hydrological network including drinking water reservoirs. This post will require laboratory analysis, data management and basic analysis, and supporting fieldwork, which may require UK, European and overseas travel (Australia, USA).

Main Duties
  1. Support for sample preparation of ash, sediment and soil samples which will involve sieving, Laser-particle size analysis, pH determination and other physical and chemical analyses as required.
  2. Support field instrumentation, monitoring and sampling of sediment traps in field sites located in the UK and potentially sites elsewhere in Europe, Australia and the USA.
  3. Support laboratory workflow systems for the preparation and storage of samples. Compliance with sample handling according DEFRA soil import license protocols will be required for overseas samples.
  4. Data recording, management and basic data analysis using Microsoft Excel.
  5. Preparation of material and samples for outreach activities.
  6. Transfer skills to other technical staff and others as required.
Person Specification

Essential Criteria:


  1. Minimum HNC/HND or equivalent advanced/higher certificate in geography, earth sciences, chemistry or a related field.


  1. Experience of laboratory methods for the physical and chemical analysis of soils, sediments or other environmental matrixes.
  2. Experience of working in challenging environments e.g. fieldwork.
  3. Experience of following instructions and using this new knowledge to establish methodological workflow for the analysis of soil, sediment samples or other environmental matrixes.
  4. Ability to acquire new skills and effectively transfer these to others.
  5. Experience of preparing samples and material for outreach activities.

Knowledge and Skills:

  1. Conversant with health and safety protocols (preparation of risk assessments, material data sheets and COSHH compliance)
  2. Good basic IT skills.
  3. Knowledge of chemical handling and formula, able to prepare chemical solutions.
  4. Full driving licence as role holder will be required to collect samples from offsite locations (where appropriate, adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010 will be considered).
Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

For informal enquiries, please contact:

Prof. Stefan Doerr

or Dr Cristina Santín

For more information, click here.