Research Associate - Field Technician

We are looking for an enthusiastic and technically minded individual to join the Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects Science Area as a Research Associate - Field Technician, supporting our measurement programmes in the UK and abroad.

In this role you will be preparing, deploying and maintaining meteorological sensors and equipment for gas and aerosol measurements at local field sites and during short term (e.g. 6-week) intensive measurement campaigns, as well as in the laboratory. You will contribute to the development of new laboratory experiments, field site infrastructures (electrical supplies, towers, cabins) and the logistics of shipping or transporting instrumentation to overseas deployments.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on detachment in the UK, Europe and overseas (e.g. China, India and Africa), therefore a willingness to travel is essential.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

The main duties include assistance with field campaign planning and logistics (in the UK and overseas), maintenance of scientific instruments, fabrication of bespoke light electrical equipment (e.g. air-conditioned enclosure), and sundries tasks supporting the day-to-day activities of the research groups such as placing purchase orders and transporting equipment between sites. Some travelling, both domestic and overseas, might be expected.

Skills/ Knowledge Required

  • A good degree (2:1)in an appropriate subject or technical qualification
  • Willingness to work in the field under adverse conditions
  • Full driving licence
  • Aptitude for learning to develop data acquisition programs
  • Aptitude to operate and fix instrumentation
  • Scientifically numerate and with good mathematical skills
  • Able to work at height to carry out work on towers

Skills to be gained

  • Operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art scientific equipment (Aerodyne QCL, mass spectrometer, infrared gas analysers, dataloggers)
  • Electrical competency
  • Working at heights training course
  • First aid and lone working course
  • Off-road driving

The CEH Research Associates’ programme provides individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring - through a structured 3 year programme -specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers. 

How to apply:

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services; to apply please visit our job board at

Please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC247842.

Interviews will take place on 21 February 2019.

Closing Date: 

24 January 2019


£22,224 per annum