Analytical Skills Development Course

Objectives

The Technical Secretariat conducts analytical skills development courses, each for a duration of two weeks, in specialised institutions every year.

The course aims to:

  • Facilitate analysis of chemicals related to the national implementation the Convention,
  • Enhance national capacities in the Member States by offering training in analytical chemistry to personnel from the industry, academic institutions, and government laboratories,
  • Facilitate the adoption of good laboratory practices and broaden the pool of manpower from which National Authorities and the Secretariat can draw in the future.

Course Content

The first week of the course covers theoretical and practical training in gas chromatography GC, covering hardware, optimisation, system validation and trouble-shooting.

The second week provides introduction to extraction, clean-up and derivatisation procedures and hands-on training in the preparation of different sample matrices for GC and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) analyses with different detection modes. The course content may be modified or changed based upon review of past experience.

Support and Qualifications

The Technical Secretariat covers the costs of international course-related travel, accommodation, meals, course fees, and medical and travel insurance for selected participants from member states with developing economies.

Participants are expected to have a minimum of a first degree (B.Sc or equivalent) in chemistry or analytical chemistry from a recognised university or institution, with relevant practical and theoretical experience in analytical chemistry including GC and GC-MS, at least five years of work experience in a chemical laboratory or research institution in their own countries, and a strong command of both written and spoken English, as the course will be conducted in English.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the aims of this programme?

  • to facilitate analysis of chemicals related to the national implementation the Convention;
  • to enhance national capacities in the Member States by offering training in analytical chemistry to personnel from the industry, academic institutions, and government laboratories;
  • to facilitate the adoption of good laboratory practices; and
  • to broaden the pool of manpower from which National Authorities and the Secretariat can draw in the future

2. What support is given?

  • The support covers the costs of international course-related travel, accommodation, meals, course fees, and medical and travel insurance for all participants for the duration of course.

3. How do we know about the issuance of Secretariat notes related to a new Analytical Skills Development Course?

4. What are the requirements for application?

  • Minimum first degree (B.Sc or equivalent) in chemistry or analytical chemistry from a recognised university or institution, with relevant practical and theoretical experience in analytical chemistry including GC and GC-MS.
  • At least five years work experience in a chemical laboratory or research institution in the home country.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English, as the course will be conducted in English.
  • Selected candidates are required to sign terms and conditions for participation in the course, and a confidentiality agreement with the OPCW.

5. What is the application procedure?

  • complete the application form annexed to the note to be issued by the Secretariat by December each year;
  • attach a curriculum vitae accompanied by a one-page description of the candidate’s practical experience;
  • recommendation letter from the supervisor of the candidate regarding the candidate’s qualifications and attesting the relevance of the training to the work of the institution; and
  • submission of the application either through the National Authority, or through the Permanent Representation (Embassy) of the OPCW.

6. If an applicant is not selected this time, will a previous application be considered for the next one?

  • No. One should re-apply.

7. What is the duration of the course?

  • It is conducted annually about two weeks around June-July. Selected candidates will be informed of the exact dates, venue, and other details of the course.

8. What is the content of the course?

  • First week: Theoretical and practical training in gas chromatography - GC, covering hardware, optimisation, system validation and trouble-shooting.
  • Second week: Introduction to extraction, clean-up and derivatisation procedures and hands-on training in the preparation of different sample matrices for GC and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) analyses with different detection modes.

Note: Course content may be modified or changed based upon review of the past experience

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Contact information

Ms Rufaro Kambarami
International Cooperation Branch
International Cooperation and Assistance Division
Tel  +31 70 416 3272
Fax +31 70 416 3279
icb@opcw.org

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