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Level 3 Apprentice

Quantum Detectors is a spinout from the STFC and Diamond Light Source, based at Harwell Campus. Quantum Detectors develops technology and provides a route to market for instrumentation developed by the Detector Group at Diamond and other internationally renowned facilities. Our products are well respected and installed at synchrotrons and in STEMs around the world. The successful candidate will join a vibrant team who are passionate about distributing cutting edge technology to the world’s leading laboratories.

Vacancy location Harwell, Oxford
Working week 35 hours
Wage £13k - £15k + Benefits (increases on an annual basis)

The role is based at The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site. The ideal candidate will be a hands-on individual with the experience and talent to hand-build high value, high quality electro-mechanical products. Producing our detector technology involves a range of skills and disciplines including the ability to read and work from technical drawings, the safe handling of sensitive semiconductor components, the inspection and validation of electronic parts, the set up and configuration operating systems and PCs, the craftsmanship and patience involved with bespoke builds and the discipline to thoroughly test and appraise our systems. The candidate should excel in a fast paced environment and be comfortable keeping impeccable records. The position requires close interaction with a range of existing staff with different backgrounds so good communication skills are essential.


  • Assembly and testing of production, custom, and prototype detector systems
  • Inspection and validation of component parts
  • Asset management and stock control
  • Record keeping
  • Following and contributing to standard operating procedures and quality assurance processes
  • Contributing to continuous improvement of the production processes and environment
  • Goods out preparation, documentation, and dispatch

Required Experience, knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrable experience of detail oriented practical work
  • Knowledge and understanding of electro-mechanical assembly best practice, routines & techniques
  • Proficiency with hand tools, including calipers & torque drivers
  • Ability to read and work from technical drawings
  • PC literate, comfortable (or willing to learn) working at the command line and working with different operating systems
  • You must have achieved (or are expecting) 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above, including English, Maths and a Science subject (or equivalent qualification)

Desirable Experience & knowledge:

  • Experience assembling complex electro-mechanical products for the scientific sector
  • Awareness of ESD practices for the handling of sensitive electronic components
  • Scientific interest

Essential Attitudes and traits:

  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Self motivated and well organised
  • Critical thinking & resourcefulness
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Able to work calmly under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Someone who takes pride in their work
  • Someone who wants to be part of our team

Further Information

Must have the flexibility to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by working for a small company.

As part of a fast-growing company you will be expected to have an all hands on deck attitude to work, your role and responsibilities will be dictated by the business needs and will, at times, be outside of those detailed above.

The successful candidate will become part of a supportive team, and benefit from the excellent facilities at the world class Harwell Campus (sports facilities, cafes, social club, library, restaurant, etc). See for further details.

This permanent full-time position offers a flexible 35 hour working week, 30 days holiday and a generous pension contribution. You must be eligible to work in the UK.