Artisan scientific equipment maker: assembly technician (part time)

Hours/Salary: 21hr/week, £13/hr (approx. £27k pro rata)

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Start Date: January 2022 (flexible)

  • Looking for a job that allows to you to use your attention to detail and steady hand?
  • Do you get satisfaction from carefully making things?
  • Do you want a part-time job you are able to fit around child-care or a creative side-hustle?

Razorbill Instruments Ltd are looking for skilled craftsperson to build our beautiful scientific equipment. The role includes end-to-end production of small batches of products including:

  • Mechanical and electrical assembly of intricate parts using a stereomicroscope.
  • Checking parts on delivery and tracking part stock levels.
  • Testing and calibration using various test equipment and custom-built jigs.
  • Completing QA documentation.
  • Following predefined written procedures and helping to develop and improve them.

This is a part time position of 21 hours per week, with flexible working times. Holiday allowance is 6 weeks per year, and it will also be possible to build up time off in lieu of hours worked. No qualifications are needed, and full training will be provided.

Razorbill Instruments is a small company founded 7 years ago to build scientific instruments. Our products are used by universities and national research labs around the world for fundamental physics research. The research our products enable may lead to new materials which will revolutionize fields as diverse as renewable energy and quantum computing. We are a small and friendly team, working from a combined office/lab environment which is clean, quiet, and non-industrial. Car parking and bike storage are available on site.

We are looking for candidates with:

  • Good attention to detail.
  • Good fine motor control (i.e. a steady hand).
  • The ability to follow a complex procedure accurately and repeatably, to obtain neat, consistent results.
  • A desire to work in a small company environment.
  • The legal right to live and work in the UK.

Additional desirable but non-essential skills include:

  • Familiarity with using stereomicroscopes and small hand tools
  • Familiarity with small power tools such as dremels and sanders
  • Experience soldering small components, including surface mount
  • Experience in or interest in learning basic Programming (e.g. python) or CAD (e.g. solidworks).

The position would suit someone with prior experience in building small objects, either through work or a hobby. Relevant experience could include work as a dental technician, clock or watch repair, electronics manufacture or repair/rework, jewellery making, fine detail painting, embroidery, model making and similar. If you can provide photographs of things you have made, please include them along with descriptions as to why it demonstrates you would be suitable for the job in a cover letter.

If you would like to apply for this role, please send your CV, cover letter, and any supporting documents or photos to

The closing date for applications is 16th January 2022.

Any questions about the position can be sent to the same address as above.