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Apprentice Laboratory Technician

Science and Technology Facilities Council - UKRI
Didcot, Oxfordshire
£14,518 per annum, rising to £16,608 at the end of the first year
Closing date
4 Dec 2022

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Salary: £14,518 per annum, rising to £16,608 at the end of the first year
Hours: Full time 
Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 years, 6 months) 
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Start date: December 2022/January 2023

Technology Access Centre Micro Nano Technology (I-TAC MNT) is part of the Business and Innovation Directorate (BID) within the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). BID’s mission is to provide start-up and early stage companies with access to laboratory space, the use of high specification analytical equipment and opportunity to connect with trained staff in specialist areas. This offering allows companies with limited funding to conduct research and development by providing affordable and flexible access to equipped laboratories, cleanrooms, groundbreaking technology and technical expertise. 

I-TAC MNT has been operational since April 2012 and is providing thriving commercial incubator laboratories to numerous full-time tenants and day-use customers in the energy, space and health sectors. 

With the site now home to 25+ laboratories/facilities, divided between cleanroom, biological and general science laboratories, we are seeking a Laboratory Technician apprentice to work closely with the tenants and existing facilities team staff. 

Are you looking to start a career within a laboratory environment?

With full training, this apprenticeship will provide assistance and support to the existing facilities team helping with the operations, monitoring, basic maintenance checks of specialist equipment, facilities and services, including clean rooms and a class I biological laboratory, plus day to day upkeep of specialist laboratories.

The apprentice will spend some of their time supporting the cleanroom. This houses specialist equipment for micro-nano fabrication and metrology. The equipment includes specialist tools for photolithography, metal deposition, oxide growth, dry etching and wafer cleaning. Some of the metrology equipment includes digital microscopes, thin film measuring equipment, scanning electron and atomic force microscopes. 

No prior knowledge of this equipment is required and the apprentice will only carry out simple checks after training. Micro-nano fabrication is a very important field and has made possible modern electronic devices such as iPads, laptops, smart phones, TVs, smart watches, computers etc. 

Key Duties and responsibilities

This is an exciting opportunity to complete a Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship through a combination of learning with the training provider ‘CSR’ and on-the-job experience within the Business and Innovation Directorate at STFC. 

In ITAC, we are a small team comprising of 8 members who are experts in their respective fields, micro-nano fabrication, materials testing, equipment maintenance, metrology and supporting cleanroom operations. Last year the team were awarded the ‘UKRI In Year Team Award’ for supporting our tenants during the COVID lockdown. 

Even though we are a close-knit team who interact daily, we support each other as much as possible. We also have regular meetings to discuss issues in an open and fair way and offer a flexible working pattern. This apprenticeship will be a valid member of our team and will be fully supported with us, but also supported by our dedicated Apprenticeship team. They will make sure you get the most our of this opportunity and help you achieve the goals you already have – and those you have yet to discover. 

More information on this apprenticeship can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships website here.

On a daily basis, this opportunity will involve:

  • Regular monitoring of cleanroom environment
  • Providing process support to MNT facilities team
  • Providing process, mechanical and electrical support to the I-TAC Team
  • Supporting with regular calibration of process equipment
  • Basic maintenance of laboratory services
  • Regular facility and equipment status checks
  • Working with electrical and mechanical engineers
  • Managing the disposal of waste chemicals safely, conforming to Health and Safety Executive policies
  • Assisting with the design and reconfiguration of laboratory set-ups

Overall, you will interact with and support tenants and users on a daily basis in providing basic facilities This also includes assisting existing scientists and engineers with the provision of suitable and safe facilities, equipment and laboratory environments to existing and future tenants and users.

In return, STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, an outstanding index linked pension scheme, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours. 

For more information on our full list benefits, please visit here

Shortlisting and interview criteria

To be eligible for this apprenticeship, we are looking for the following:


  • GCSE Maths and English (Grade A* – C) or equivalent compensatory experience
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office
  • Ability to work well with others


  • Experience with mechanical and/or electrical testing, assembly of components
  • Practical experience and knowledge of good laboratory practice
  • Experience of working in Laboratory and/or cleanroom environment

Part of our application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should address your suitability for the opportunity based on how you meet each essential criteria stated in this advert. 

You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close this vacancy once we have received sufficient applications.


As part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) supports research in astronomy, physics and space science, and operates world-class research facilities for the UK.

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01793 442000
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom
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