Job Vacancy - Building Materials Analyst

Fri 28 Apr, 2017

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Post of Building Materials Analyst

Job Description

Objectives of the post

The overall objectives of the Building Materials Analyst post are:

  • To operate the building materials analysis service for the Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) clients within certain targets.

  • To operate and maintain the SLCT Aggregates database and to develop the Historic Mortars database.

  • To contribute generally to the policy and operations of the SLCT and, including other specific tasks as requested by the Director from time to time.

Primary Tasks

The Building Materials Analyst will be responsible to the Director for:

  • Organising and maintaining a safe efficient system for the handling of all laboratory samples including recording, storage and report findings.

  • Undertake analysis, qualification and evaluation of samples of natural stone, mortar, brick and slate in line with written procedures recommending appropriate matching materials when necessary, within stated targets to be agreed and reviewed at intervals.

  • Operate and maintain the SLCT Aggregates Database including, collection of samples, analysis of samples, input of data and appropriate archiving of original sand samples and sand profiles.

  • Operate and maintain the SLCT Historic mortars database including analysis of samples, input of data & archiving samples.

  • Operate the Aggregates Database enquiries service

  • Input to the training programmes offered by Charlestown Workshops in conjunction with the Director. This will include the training of small groups in mortar, stone and aggregate analysis.

  • Developing the services provided by the SLCT in house laboratory.

  • Undertaking specific research and developments projects, in relation to characteristics, production, use and behaviour of traditional materials.

  • Undertake other duties as directed by the Director or Trustees to support other activities of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust.

Who would suit this post?

  • Ideally graduate or post graduate in Earth Sciences with experience of conducting laboratory procedures in a methodical and consistent manner;

  • Experience of petrographic thin section analysis of natural stone;

  • An enthusiasm for the practical application of laboratory analysis techniques as they relate to the historic built environment;

  • Patience for ‘point counting’!

  • An enquiring mind!

About this post

  • The Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) is a small organisation dedicated to the conservation and repair of the historic built environment using the most appropriate materials and techniques;

  • This post is not all laboratory based, there are opportunities to visit historic buildings all over the UK with our building surveying team to take representative samples of building materials for analysis and matching;

  • Training will be given in the analysis of mortars, plasters, renders and traditional lime based paints sent to us from all over the world;

  • The SLCT hold the world’s largest mortars archive, housing samples from as far away as China, Armenia, Australia and the USA;

  • The SLCT’s professional staff include building surveyors and stonemasons, making for a very practical ‘hands-on’ resource for advising historic building owners, building professionals and building contractors alike;

  • Opportunities to attend our training and education programme for the conservation and repair of historic buildings.

Want to know more?

Please telephone the SLCT’s Director, Roz Artis for an informal chat about this post on 01383 872722 or email her at

££ Salary ££

This is a salaried full time position for 37.5 hours of hard graft and fun too!

Salary is commensurate with experience, but the more you can bring to the organisations’ aims and objectives, the more you can earn. The SLCT participate in the Workplace Pensions Scheme.

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Scottish Lime Centre Trust is a charity registered in Scotland No: SCO22692

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