SLSIP 2019 - Assistant Laboratory Technician Intern
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Devro Ltd. are suppliers of collagen casings for foods, used in the production of a wide variety of sausages and other food products. The Analytical Services Laboratory within our Moodiesburn plant, near Glasgow requires a laboratory technician to develop a HPLC method to separate preservatives.
The successful candidate will develop a robust method as described above and:
- Must be able to work independently and safely within the H&S guidelines of the company
- Carry out all necessary COSHH and Risk Assessments before commencing the task
- Be able to work independently with minimum supervision although full guidance and instruction will be available at all times
The project will involve developing a HPLC method to primarily separate Sorbate and Benzoate within the one matrix. Potassium Sorbate/Sorbic Acid and Sodium Benzoate/Benzoic Acid are preservatives used in the food industry. In some countries either or both are not permitted therefore we have to ensure that we are aware of the preservatives present or absent in our raw materials. Currently, the methodology in use can detect the presence of preservatives but we are unable to separate, therefore identify the individual parameters.
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This programme is for 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students studying a Life Science degree in Scotland. Please click here to see if your course is eligible. You can only apply for a maximum of 3 placements, so please research the roles thoroughly before submitting your CV.
Skills / Experience
- Good communication skills
- The ability to work independently but also be able to function as part of the team
- Familiar with HPLC operation and techniques
- Competent in Microsoft Word and Excel
Full training on the use of the HPLC and software and any other relevant training required to fulfil this task
Other perks include early finish and dress down Friday and a subsidised canteen.
Devro is a global organisation with manufacturing facilities in 5 countries and a sales and distribution network that covers the globe. Our Scottish operation employs over 400 people with roles in manufacturing, research and development, engineering, quality, finance, sales and customer support. Collagen is the main ingredient in our casings which are used in the production of a wide variety of sausages and other meat products. We continually strive to build our knowledge of this protein through research and development work and see this as key to our future success.
As well as gaining experience of working within a laboratory environment in a large manufacturing organisation this placement will allow the student to liaise with other departments to gain some understanding of other departmental functions of the business.
The placement will also provide the student with exposure to the day to day operation of a busy laboratory within the food manufacturing industry.
Company website: www.devro.com