Nanotechnologists push the boundaries of interdisciplinary science to create new materials, methods or procedures based on nano-scale particles and interactions. The work encompasses materials, drugs, equipment, and diagnostic tools.
Nanotechnology encompasses science, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and computer science. As a nanotechnologist you’ll manipulate matter on the nanoscale (one billionth of a metre), and could develop new materials, equipment, drugs or diagnostic tools.
Starting salary: £25,000-£35,000.
With experience: £30,000-£40,000.
You'll typically work a 37-hour week, with overtime to meet deadlines.
Some research can involve working with dangerous or toxic materials under strict safety protocols.
Skills Valued by Employers
- Technical and scientific skills
- Analytical skills and a logical approach to problem solving
- Capacity to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively
- Numerical skills
- Ability to write reports and papers for publication
- Communication and presentation skills
- The ability to use computer-controlled equipment
- Teamworking and project management skills
- Time management and budgeting skills
- attention to detail.