Laboratory Technician

Job location:
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Created moment:
May 22, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 08223

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

Laboratory Technician

Job Summary

Role: Laboratory Technician

Salary: Up to £30K

Hours: 7.5 hours – Monday - Friday, flexible start time
Location: St Austell

Are you a self-motivated Laboratory Technician? Would you like to become one?

Come join our team at Berg Minerals UK Ltd; as a Laboratory Technician you will have the potential to develop towards scientist level within the paper and board Science & Technology team at our Par Moor Centre in St. Austell.

Initially the role will be a hands-on lab-based role, but over time could develop to include reporting responsibilities and ultimately project leadership.

The role: is broad in scope and diverse in terms of the day to day work element, these can include:

  • Preparation and characterisation of raw materials such as pigment slurries, coating compositions, or pulps.

  • Application studies replicating industrial processes such as pulp bleaching, paper filling, coating and printing.

  • Testing and analysis such as rheological measurements, barrier testing, characterisation of paper and board surface properties.

  • Compilation of test data in a user-friendly format (Google sheets or excel).

It is expected that the successful candidate will quickly become proficient in a broad range of practical skills while also developing an understanding of the purpose and significance of each test.

What’s in for you?

Berg Minerals UK Ltd is part of a new company that will be formed from the divestment of Imerys' paper and board business. This new company is a €400 M revenue global business with approximately 1000 employees with 24 industrial sites in Europe, Asia and the Americas which primarily serve the paper and board industry.

Berg Minerals UK is a small team (16 in total) which will mainly provide the technical support and development for the new company.

  • Company sick pay entitlement after 6 months service,

  • Life Assurance,

  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan,

  • 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays,

  • Income Protection for DC members,

  • Long Service awards,

  • Reward Hub & Local Discounts,

  • Flu Vouchers,

  • Health & Wellbeing Programme, Eye Care Vouchers,

  • Endeavour club (off site gym) to help you stay fit and healthy.

What we ask you in return:

  • A good level of education with a minimum of 5 GCSEs and preferably a higher-level physical science qualification such as A level physics or chemistry or a BSc degree.

  • Previous experience of working in a laboratory environment, especially a paper and board application laboratory, would be an advantage.

  • The ability to work to deadlines and produce results.

  • The ability to show initiative and work unsupervised.

  • A desire to undertake further study to improve knowledge.

To apply for this opportunity and to join Berg Minerals UK please follow the instructions below or contact; for more details.

Our people are important to us, our workplaces are diverse and inclusive and whilst maintaining the health, safety and environmental standards on site, for yourself and others around you, we’re an organisation with a wealth of career and development opportunities that allow you to tap into your full potential.

Position Type

Full time



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