Scientific Technician (Mineralogy)


£17,000-£22,000 (Dependent on Qualifications and Experience


Riccarton, Edinburgh


The Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) is at the forefront of research to understand and mitigate a wide range of occupational and environmental health risks and application of that through our consultancy work. Our Core Purpose is to improve people’s health and safety at work, at home and in the environment through excellent independent science.

About the analytical lab at IOM

The IOM lab is a busy contract lab with most of our work relating to external customers.  We also support occupational hygiene surveys, environmental monitoring, contaminated land investigation and building surveys. We provide analysis for the IOM Occupational Hygiene, our regional offices and our Research Division.  We have UKAS accreditation for all the routine analysis that is undertaken and pride ourselves on providing a high standard, quality service delivery and a high degree of customer care.

The Scientific Technician Role
Here at IOM in Edinburgh we are looking for a Scientific Technician to join our laboratory team. 

The successful applicant will undertake and report analysis within the mineralogy section of the analytical lab and conform with the requirements of our UKAS accreditation.  They will liaise with customers and assist in business development, and, when required, undertake method development and validation.

The range of analyses within the section includes the analysis of asbestos in bulk materials and soils, asbestos fibre counting, the analysis of crystalline silica and other materials by X-ray diffraction and infra-red spectrophotometer and the analysis of asbestos and other materials by scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive X-ray analyser.

The successful applicant would be trained in these techniques as required.

Requirements for the Scientific Technician Role

  • You will ideally have an Honours Degree in earth sciences, geology, or a closely related subject, with an interest in mineralogy.
  • Having experience and holding the BOHS P401 and/or P403 qualification will also be at an advantage.


  • 34 days holidays including statutory bank holidays
  • contributory pension scheme
  • income protection and death in service
  • Flexible benefit platform
  • Employee assistance programme

If you feel you are suitable for our Scientific Technician position, please apply now.

  • Contact Us

If you would like to contact us, please use the attached form and we will get back to you. Alternatively, call or write to us at our Head Office in Edinburgh or one of our regional offices.

Our office hours are: 

Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.15pm

Our head office numbers is +44 (0)131 449 8000