OPCW Laboratory (LAB)

The OPCW Laboratory (LAB) is the OPCW’s centre of chemical analysis. Its work is key to ensuring correct implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It works to ensure excellent technical and scientific support to the inspectorate, calibrating and testing analytical equipment and ensuring that inspections are carried out in accordance with the convention. It maintains the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Central Analytical Database (OCAD).

Core functions of LAB:

  • Achieve and maintain the accreditation of OPCW Laboratory;
  • Organize and conduct the Official OPCW Proficiency Tests twice per calendar year; 
  • Ensure an excellent technical and scientific support, the calibration and testing of analytical inspection equipment, allowing execution of inspections in accordance with the Convention; 
  • Organisation, maintaining and distribution of OPCW Central Analytical Database and extraction data for on-site inspections; 
  • Provision of technical advice and support on analytical equipment-related issues and verification-related analytical issues; 
  • Support for the training of Analytical Chemist Inspectors. 

Internship assignments:

  • Sample preparation;
  • Analysis of samples using Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR);
  • (Micro)synthesis and computational chemistry;
  • Troubleshooting of analytical instruments;
  • Use of AMDIS and MS Search programmes for identification of chemicals;
  • Good laboratory practices;
  • Health and safety in the laboratory.

The intern will be tasked with several projects which have not yet been completed due to other priorities of the Laboratory’s full time staff. However, on this occasion, successful applicants can request for further information through internships@opcw.org  prior to the start of their internship. 

Internship requirements:

Academic

  • Applicants should have a completed or in progress an academic background, preferably in at least one (1) of the following fields:
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering Bachelor Degree;
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering Master Degree (preferred).

Experiences

  • Gas chromatography - mass spectrometry and related data analysis software i.e. AMDIS software;
  • Sample preparation;
  • Working safely in a chemical laboratory.

Skills and knowledge

  • Knowledge of chemical labelling and storage requirements;
  • Good Inter-personal skills; 
  • Ability to work harmoniously in a multicultural environment.

Language proficiency 

  • Fluency in English is essential.

Internship period:

Duration

The internship is offered on a full time basis, for a minimum of three (3) months and normally up to a maximum of six (6) months.

Working hours

The internship working hours shall not exceed forty (40) hours per week.