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Measurement Science Apprentice

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Measurement Science Apprentice

Full Time Salary £11,502 (increased annually)

Post Type Full time / Fixed term

Term 3 years

Ref No 10709

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

About the Role

Diamond is currently offering a Measurement Scientist Apprenticeship to commence in September 2022.

As part of Diamond’s apprenticeship programme, you will participate in multiple scientific projects and work with Scientists, Engineers and Technicians to develop a range of skills and knowledge of Precision Measurement (metrology).

Under the guidance of measurement specialists in the Precision Metrology Laboratory, you will be expertly trained to use computer controlled, scientific instruments to perform accurate length and angle measurements.

We are looking for an inquisitive and motivated individual with a strong interest in maths, physics, or computing and a willingness to learn new skills and ideas.

This 3-year apprenticeship will be in collaboration with the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards. The NPL is based in Teddington, South West London where you will be required to undertake six blocks of one week study per year, providing you with the opportunity to meet other metrology apprentices from other organisations.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Under the supervision of Metrology Specialists, help to test equipment using state-of-the-art scientific instruments in the Precision Metrology Laboratory (PML).
  • Contribute to the everyday operation and maintenance of the lab, including designing and building simple mechanical apparatus.
  • With suitable training, operate computer-controlled, scientific instruments.
  • Participate in scientific research projects.
  • Follow safe working practices in the lab.
  • Assist with basic analysis of scientific data.
  • Follow safe working practices in the lab. 

About You

Qualifications required:

Applicants must have achieved (or are expecting) 5 GCSE’s at grade 4/C and above, including English, Maths and at least one Science subject (or equivalent qualification).

Key Personal Attributes:

  • Basic computing skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Strong interest in maths, physics, and computing.
  • Be able to demonstrate a genuine desire for a career in science or engineering.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and ideas, and to explore ways of improving the quality of a measurement.

*Special requirement: you must be able to make your own travel arrangements to Diamond (in Harwell). Diamond will assist with travel provision to NPL for timetabled study


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

We take an active approach to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our activities at Diamond, with a dedicated commitment to ensuring we provide a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work, where all staff feel valued and recognised for their individual contribution.

To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role. 

The closing date for applications is 28th of February 2022.