Apprentice Laboratory Technician – Microelectronics, Mechanics and Radiation Detectors

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  • Hooke Building, Parks Road, Oxford View on Map
  • Post Date: June 9, 2019
  • Apply Before : July 8, 2019
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  • Proposed Salary 17,079 Annum
  • Career Level Staff
  • Experience Fresh
  • Gender Any
  • Industry Other
  • Qualifications Certificate

Job Description

This apprenticeship will train you as a technician to construct state-of-the-art silicon detector instrumentation at the Oxford Physics Microstructure Detector (OPMD) facility, an exciting new laboratory in the Oxford Physics Department that designs, builds, and tests digital ‘cameras’ sensitive to radiation. These silicon-based cameras are essential in Particle and Astro-Physics experiments, such as ATLAS at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope located in the Chilean Andes. You will learn the skills needed to take part in producing and testing these silicon-based cameras, as well as learning to support the operations of the laboratory. You will be working with our team of physicists, engineers, and technicians, providing a unique opportunity to learn directly from leading experts while working on high profile scientific projects. You will gain experience in a range of technical areas including electronics, microelectronics (integrated circuits), precision mechanics, robotic construction techniques, making scientific measurements, data analysis, working in a cleanroom environment, and operating and maintaining high precision instruments. The unusual technical problems we face in this work allow a great deal of creative freedom to solve problems and design new things, and we encourage this aspect of the work.

The apprenticeship includes study in the Oxford Advanced Skills (OAS) Apprentice Training program at Culham Science Centre, on a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, to gain both a National Diploma in Engineering and a Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance qualification.

You should have, or be expected to obtain, GCSE’s in English and Maths to grade C or equivalent and demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for science and engineering, electronics, mechanics and making things. We are looking for someone who is both creative and has outstanding attention to detail.

Becoming an Apprentice at the University of Oxford is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and training. For more information visit:

This role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored tier 2 visa under the points based immigration system, however applications are welcome from candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a visa via another route.

Please direct informal enquiries about this post to Richard Plackett: ([email protected])

Please upload a supporting statement as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 8 July 2019 will be considered.

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