Nanotechnologist | Selby College
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Nanotechnologists design and build devices and materials on a tiny scale.

Potential salary

£13,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • science skills
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of physics
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to day duties may include:

  • creating devices and materials on the nanoscale - 0.1 to 100nm in size
  • operating scientific instruments to separate and analyse your products
  • performing experiments to test the nanotechnology you have produced
  • maintaining production and experimental equipment
  • using computers to interpret data
  • preparing learning materials and planning lectures
  • giving lectures to students and leading workshops
  • planning research schedules and overseeing staff in a laboratory
  • writing reports and articles
  • ordering materials, chemicals and stock for your laboratory

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a laboratory.

With experience you could work your way up to a management role.

You could also move into a teaching or lecturing role.

You can find out more about careers in nanotechnology through Nanowerk.

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