21 days ago


Laboratory Technician - Washington

Ian Farmer Associates (1998) Ltd, a member of RSK Group plc, is a geotechnical ground investigation company. Due to recent expansion and increasing workload an exciting opportunity has become available for a Laboratory Technician to join the team in the Washington UKAS accredited geotechnical soil and materials laboratory.

Suitable candidates will need to be able to demonstrate previous laboratory experience or have an interest in a career working in a soil laboratory environment.

Key roles and responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Performing a variety of tests on soil, rock and aggregate samples to the highest level of safety and quality standards.
  • Develop an understanding of the test methods and why samples are tested.
  • Assisting in the calibration and maintenance of all technical equipment.
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly laboratory environment.
  • Ensuring the quality of work produced is to high standards and tested in a timely manner.

Required experience

  • 5+ GCSEs including English, Maths and Science.
  • Previous experience in a geotechnical or materials testing lab.
  • Good numeracy and literacy: able to write clearly and accurately
  • A good eye for detail, diligent in following procedures.
  • Good IT skills, especially the use of MS Excel.

There will be lots of manual handling involved in the role and will require moving heavy items on a frequent basis.

Person specification:

  • Organised with a methodical approach
  • Good team player
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy

Salary and benefits:

  • Salary – Commensurate with experience
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • The option to buy childcare vouchers
  • Regular training and career development

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter. For more information please contact Beth Sproston, Trainee HR Advisor, on

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 is an equal opportunities employer.