Job type


£15k - £60k

Typical salary

39 – 41

Hours per week

Nanotechnologists design and build devices and materials on a tiny scale.

More info

  • An exciting new field of science and technology, work on a tiny nanoscale
  • You'll be pushing the boundaries of science and technology, working in a wide range of possible industries or research settings
  • You can progress into senior management of senior academic roles

As a nanotechnologist, you could be working in electronics, energy production and storage, automotive and aerospace industries, biotechnology, medicine and pharmaceuticals, or food science and production.


  • Create devices and materials on the nanoscale (- 0.1 to 100nm in size)
  • Operate scientific instruments to separate and analyse your products
  • Perform experiments to test the nanotechnology you have produced
  • Maintain production and experimental equipment
  • Use computers to interpret data
  • Prepare learning materials and plan lectures
  • Give lectures to students and lead workshops
  • Plan research schedules
  • Oversee staff in a laboratory
  • Write reports and articles
  • Order materials, chemicals and stock for your laboratory


You could work in a laboratory, and you may need to wear protective clothing.

You'll need

To be a nanotechnologist, you'll need science, maths, engineering science and technology knowledge and skills; thoroughness and attention to detail, analytical thinking skills, persistence and determination, and the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning.

You'll then usually need a degree or a master's qualification in nanotechnology or a related course that includes nanotechnology such as nanoscience, physics, chemistry, electronics engineering, or materials science.

Some employers may also expect you to have a PhD, or be working towards one, as well as experience of working in a lab.

You might be able to move into nanotechnology if you're already working in research science or engineering, such as a chemist, physicist, or electronics engineer.


With experience you could work your way up to a management role. You could also move into a teaching or lecturing role.