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At Sercon we believe that great people make a great company

We’re always on the lookout for people to join the team who are enthusiastic about isotopes and IRMS instrumentation, and believe in the collaborative ethos of the company.

The vacancies currently open are:

Software engineer     Systems engineer  

Please see below for more information on these positions. If you think you have what it takes to be a member of the innovative, creative team at Sercon please send your CV to with a brief covering letter and we’ll be in touch.

Software engineer

Sercon are a innovative collaborative company who manufacture isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) instrumentation. We are constantly developing our product range to keep abreast of the latest technology, scientific developments, and most importantly, the requirements of our customers. We are seeking to recruit another software developer to create a new generation of Sercon software to control our instruments and process their data. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to be involved in the creation of a new piece of software, from the design to launch.

Experience of designing software to control real-time scientific instrumentation is important. Experience and knowledge of mass spectrometry is also desirable but not necessary, as training will be given.

The ability to work independently is crucial. You will be supported by the software, engineering and sales team in learning about the instruments we make and the scientific areas they are used in. You will then have the creative freedom to develop software based on these discussions and create something truly unique.

You will have the opportunity to learn about IRMS and a range of associated instruments, including elemental analysis, gas and liquid chromatography, trace gas analysis and water equilibration. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the huge range of scientific areas it is used in, including medical research, biogeochemistry, environmental sciences, food adulteration, forensics, life sciences, archaeology and many more.

The ideal candidate will have a degree or PhD in software engineering,  computer science, or other scientific or mathematical disciplines, and experience of real time software engineering suited to the role.

Knowledge of programming in C# and VB is essential as the software will be developed on the platform.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Relocation assistance is available for an experienced and well qualified candidate.


Systems engineer

Responsible for testing, installing and servicing stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS) instrumentation and associated inlets and sample preparation systems. Our ideal candidate will be customer oriented, have a good understanding of mass spec instrumentation, and be an advocate for Sercon in customer laboratories around the world.


  • Testing and validating IRMS systems in the factory, ensuring the systems are tested to a high standard in accordance with specifications.
  • Performing on-site installation, repair, maintenance and validation of IRMS systems in customer laboratories around the word.
  • Reviewing reports and documentation from customers, and inspecting instrumentation to determine the nature and scope of problems which may have occurred.
  • Analysing review and inspection findings in order to recommend repair, replacement, or other corrective action
  • Coordinating problem resolution with engineering, customer service, and other personnel to expedite repairs
  • Providing a communication link between the customer and the company to help ensure that effective customer service is provided
  • Developing and conducting training on customer sites on the operation of IRMS instrumentation.
  • Other duties may be assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Hands-on experience with analytical instrumentation, preferably in the mass spec industry
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to establish good customer rapport
  • Ability to produce clear and concise documentation
  • Must be available to travel overnight up to 60% as required
  • Ability to work independently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, chemistry, sciences or related field
  • Hands-on experience with gas or liquid chromatography systems
  • Hands-on experience with elemental analysis systems

Training will be provided as required.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Relocation assistance is available for an experienced and well qualified candidate.


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