Job type

Paper technologist

£18k - £35k

Typical salary

37 – 40

Hours per week

Paper technologists design and test the equipment and processes used in making paper, tissue and cardboard.

More info

  • Use scientific and technological techniques to design and test paper-making processes and equipment
  • You'll need a good understanding of materials science, technology and research processes
  • Progress to senior technical and research roles or production management


  • Coordinating trials of new products
  • Investigating the best way to combine raw materials, chemicals and additives for a particular product
  • Measuring how different factors affect the manufacturing process, like liquid temperatures and pressures
  • Analysing and interpreting laboratory and trial production test results
  • Monitoring quality control to make sure products meet customer requirements, like correct colour and finish


You'll work shifts covering 40 hours a week, which may include nights and weekends. In a senior role, you'll work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, although you'll still be on-call to attend any out-of-hours problems. Your working day will be split between the office, laboratory and production areas of the mill. Conditions in some parts of the mill may be hot, humid and noisy. You'll wear protective clothing.

You'll need

You’ll need IT skills, the ability to analyse and interpret test results and the ability to solve problems for this role.

You'll usually need a degree in chemistry or engineering or an HND in a subject like applied science (Chemistry).

You may have an advantage if you have some experience of manufacturing or laboratory work.

You could get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship.


With experience, you could become a production manager or specialist researcher.