Sample Preparation Technician

Contract type
Working Pattern
Full time
Location based
Hours per week
40 hours per week
Dates that interviews will take place
Via MS Teams
Summary of vacancy

Derwentside Environmental Testing Services (DETS) specialise in carrying out analytical services in sectors such as environmental, construction, waste, fuel and engineering industries.

DETS pride in providing high quality services to an accredited environment (UKAS 17025 standards) and over the years they have seen significant year on year growth and market penetration in the above sectors.

About the role

Purpose of role

To organise the preparation and delivery of client consumable requests, ensuring that requests are actioned within a timely manner, and providing follow up-care with clients, to ensure that requests have been delivered.  To register incoming samples whilst maintaining standard operating procedures ensuring that procedures are followed and notify other relevant employees when this has not been complied with. 

What will I be doing?

  • Check receipt and collection from couriers.
  • Cross reference samples with schedules and labelling.
  • Prepare containers for clients.
  • Describing and weighing of samples.
  • Listing samples without schedules.
  • Maintain good housekeeping.
  • Other reasonable requests for Section Head or Senior Managers.
  • Book schedules onto company IT systems (LIMS).
  • Assist crushing of dried samples.
  • Prepare leachates.
  • Prepare subsamples for subcontracting laboratories.

What are the requirements?

Experience required to do this role:

  • Previous experience in a high throughput production environment would be highly beneficial.
  • Previous data entry or administrative experience would be beneficial.

Who we are

DETS is a private limited company set up in 1999 and is part of the SUEZ Group since April 2016. Steady expansion has allowed the company to gain a larger market share, and to increase the scope of analyses offered in order to service a wide variety of industry requirements.

Over 100 staff are now employed in our laboratories, and many are well respected within the industry, actively serving on committees and groups such as EIC, AGS, MCERTS, Landfill Regulation, and the Standing Committee of Analysts (see the Management Team section for further details).

DETS are accredited to ISO 17025 and MCERTS for an extensive range of analyses, and are also accredited for sampling.  Samples can be accepted from outside the UK, as a DEFRA import license is also available.


Closing Date
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