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Role Description

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.

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Starting salary: £25,000-£35,000.
With experience: £30,000-£40,000.

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You'll typically work a 37-hour week, with overtime to meet deadlines.

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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.