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Senior Instrument Technician

Functional Area: Operations
Salary Range: £27,000 – £35,000 per annum
Location: Cambridge UK – Onsite/office based
Reports to: Senior Engineer
Job Type: Full Time / Permanent

Who are we? Sphere Fluidics is an established Life Science company which provides instruments and specialist consumables for the global pharmaceutical and academic research community. Built upon our picodroplet microfluidic technology, we aim to ease the journey to discovery for single cell analysis and isolation.   

What’s our vision? To be the droplet microfluidic technology company for single cell analysis.  

What’s our mission? To find, analyze and isolate the most valuable cells with ease and speed.  

 What’s our culture? We prioritize a culture that fosters care, collaboration, and self-expression. We believe in continuous learning and improvement and hold ourselves accountable for maintaining integrity at all times. It is our priority to build an inclusive environment that supports growth and empowers our employees to achieve their full potential and role model our employee values:  

  • We value and care for our people  
  • We innovate to create our future  
  • We collaborate and win together as a team  


Role Purpose 

The company is growing quickly, and we are looking to take on an experienced Instrument Technician to support the Operations team. This role will be mostly laboratory based, with an emphasis on data management, report writing and maintaining a well organised workplace. The role will also provide support to the wider Operations team and other areas of the business on an ad-hoc basis. 

The Senior Instrument Technician will ensure our cutting-edge technology and instruments operate correctly and to designed specifications. Full training will be provided but it is expected that the right individual will bring with them a good knowledge of trouble shooting and repair procedures and have some experience working with electronic, electro-mechanical and/or laboratory instrumentation. The Senior Instrument Technician will report to the Senior Engineer and support the Quality team, as well as help with ad hoc tasks within the Operations group. 

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, keen to learn and develop new skills, as well as having a keen eye for detail. A structured approach to their work is important, as is excellent adherence to procedures, high quality standards and Health & Safety. Our culture is team orientated and we aspire to achieve operational excellence and the very highest standards of quality in everything we do.  

The role of the Senior Instrument Technical is varied and as part of a rapidly growing company there is scope for learning and progression within the business.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Test and calibration of a range of cutting edge, microfluidic based instrumentation. 
  • Performing standard QC tasks within the test lab, developing into a subject matter expert. 
  • Liasing with other departments to measure, record, correct and prevent technical issues.  
  • Recording results and keeping records including the QMS up to date.  
  • Collating results into customer facing reports. 
  • Working to high quality standards and follow SOPs. 
  • Keeping track of calibration logs, servicing records and other areas of lab maintenance 
  • Producing data analysis on variation between results and producing hypothesis. 
  • Identify and communicate bottlenecks and problematic processes. 
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate safety procedures in collaboration with the H&S department. 
  • Provide ad-hoc support to a variety of engineering and lab based teams as required. 


Knowledge, Skills & Experience 

  • Minimum A level education within an Engineering discipline. 
  • 2/3 years’ experience in a test or repair environment. 
  • Experience identifying faults and repairing electrical and electronic instrumentation would be an advantage. 
  • ISO9001 experience preferred, GLP/GMP also advantageous. 
  • Confident presenting KPIs and other updates at weekly team meetings. 
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are essential. 
  • Takes pride in keeping the working environment tidy and scrupulously clean. 


Personal Attributes 

  • Takes pride in their work and aspires to achieve world class standards. 
  • Applies a structured and methodical approach to tasks. 
  • Organised, diligent and passionate about attention to detail and customer service. 
  • Proactive, motivated and able to work on own initiative. 
  • Focused, organised and exemplary timekeeping. 
  • Great written and verbal communication skills and not afraid to speak up. 
  • Thrives when working in a team environment.  


The Benefits 

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays  
  • Employee Share Options (EMI Scheme)  
  • Company pension scheme with Aviva (employer contributes 8%)   
  • 4x Life Insurance & Critical Illness Cover  
  • Private Medical Insurance with Vitality   
  • Health Cash Plan  
  • Group Income Protection   
  • Employee Assistance Program  
  • Cycle to Work scheme   
  • Learning & Development opportunities for career growth  
  • Long Service Bonus – up to 5 extra days holiday  
  • Recruitment referral scheme (£1,000)  
  • Flexible working hours to support work-life balance  


What’s Next? We will review your application and whilst we would love to get back to every applicant, it is not always possible. If you haven’t heard from us within 4 weeks, please note that your application has not been successful on this occasion.    


Sphere Fluidics strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Our policy is to recruit a diverse workforce and follow the guidelines of the Equality Act. 


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