Trainee Laboratory Technician, #Swindon

RSK Group – Swindon SN5

Waste Testing Laboratory

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Location: Swindon

Salary: £Commensurate with experience

Introduction to WRc

WRc is one of the UK’s most innovative and independent environmental and engineering consultancies. Founded 90 years ago, we have a unique heritage. We are trusted by Government, industry, regulators and the utilities to solve today’s most significant and urgent challenges in the fields of waste, water, gas and the natural environment.

Our Resource Recovery team supports clients that need to reduce the quantity or hazardousness of their wastes to drive down costs. Other clients wish to recover products or energy from their waste and/or decrease virgin material use in their processes.

The Role

This post would particularly suit someone looking to start their career in a laboratory environment, full training will be provided. For the right candidate, there may be an opportunity for day-release study of a recognised qualification (e.g. NVQ/SVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities) under an apprenticeship scheme.

Duties will include a varied range of tasks including sample registration, preparation and test procedures. As part of a team, reporting to the laboratory manager, you would be working with materials derived from a range of waste streams (e.g. ash from waste incinerators and residues from municipal household waste).

The role will be based at our Swindon laboratory, which operates to ISO9001 quality standards, and may include tests for which WRc has UKAS accreditation.

The main duties are likely to include:
Sample registration (input to a database).
Preparation and characterisation of samples (e.g. Weighing, oven drying, compositional sorting, milling, sieving, etc.). This will include some manual handling within Health & Safety guidelines, as well as operation of machinery in our sample preparation facilities wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
Undertaking laboratory analysis following standard procedures (e.g. titrations, pH measurement, dry weight and moisture analysis and loss of mass on ignition). Full training and support will be provided.
Transcription of experimental data into spreadsheet record forms.
Assisting with maintenance and housekeeping in the laboratories.
Assisting with checking calibration of instruments on a scheduled basis.

Ideal Candidate

You will be both practical and methodical in your approach to work and able to understand and follow standard procedures. The work requires careful and precise observation as well as accurate and consistent recording of laboratory data. Basic numeracy and literacy skills are required as well as familiarity with the use of Excel spreadsheets. Our laboratory operates to strict Health and Safety requirements, and you will be equipped and trained to work safely.

You must also be willing to work shift patterns when the demand for this arises and have access to your own transport.

The Team

Our Resource Efficiency team supports clients who recover value from unavoidable waste by generating energy and developing products. In an ever-evolving regulatory climate, improving a waste classification outcome or removing problem contaminants from a waste production or treatment processes presents technical challenges and often requires innovative approaches, so we welcome candidates who can think outside the box. Our services include resource recovery underpinned by waste characterisation, consultancy in resource efficiency to support the circular economy, environmental risk assessment, statistical analysis/survey design and waste testing in our in-house laboratories.

For more information on the type of work that we do please visit our ‘What we do’ page.

Culture & Benefits

In our welcoming and inclusive environment, at WRc we foster a culture where talented and motivated people are nurtured, encouraged and supported to succeed and develop their skills. We know that with the right people, we are able to build on our unrivalled reputation in the fields of innovation and technical excellence. We welcome team members who bring new ways of thinking and fresh approaches to problem solving as well as those who have a genuine passion for their specialist subject or area of research.

In return for your commitment, we offer a wide range of benefits including:

Full on-the-job training
Flexible working hours based on a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday
A contributory pension scheme
25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays
Free accident/life insurance
Cash Health Plan
Active Sports and Social Club
Subsidised on-site staff restaurant
Free Parking
Childcare voucher scheme
Cycle to work scheme
On-site gardening club & allotments
Office location with easy M4 access / excellent travel links

For more information, please contact Beth Sproston, Trainee HR Advisor, on

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area.

RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer


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