Job opportunity: Sensor manufacturing technician

Based in Southampton, UK

We have a fantastic opportunity for a skilled and motivated sensor manufacturing technician who wishes to join a small but dynamic team manufacturing and developing world-leading autonomous sensing technologies. 

About us:

ClearWater Sensors was founded in 2019, and develops and manufactures environmental sensors including Lab on Chip based microfluidic analysers for water chemistry analysis. Examples of applications for the sensing technologies include measurements of nutrients or pH on autonomous underwater vehicles. ClearWater Sensors licensed IP from the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre in 2020 and within 10 months had delivered first product to customers. The team has since seen further sales with strong growth and has benefitted from three research/innovation grants that have expanded our product range and enabled improvements. 

About you:

We seek a collaborative and adaptable professional sensor manufacturing technician who is also able to:

  1. Assemble sensors, which are complex electromechanical, fluidic and optical devices
  2. Learn and use quality assessment, management and control techniques to optimise quality while offering feedback on challenges
  3. Assist with manufacturing and general workshop tasks
  4. Repair, test, calibrate and service sensor systems. The candidate will get the best from the role if they are willing to work in collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team, including in areas outside of their current experience. 

You are a practically minded individual capable of following protocols.

Essential skills & experience:

  1. You should have a qualification in an engineering or technical discipline. We are willing to consider applications from a variety of educational backgrounds (degree, apprentice, BTEC, HNC/HND, or equivalent experience).
  2. You should have experience in technical and engineering tasks, for example: assembly of mixed electronic and mechanical systems, assembly and test of sensors, calibrations, workshop tasks and related manufacturing.
  3. Willing to work within a multidisciplinary sensor development team and to undertake assembly, test fault-finding and calibration of sensors and analytical systems.

Desirable skills and experience

It would be advantageous to have expertise in several of the following areas:

  • Soldering
  • Gluing  
  • Bonding
  • Drilling
  • Jig manufacture 
  • Polymer and metal manufacturing 
  • Wiring 
  • Sensing using: colorimetry, electrochemistry, titrations, fluorometry, luminescence, conductometric, spectrophotometry, spectroscopy, or gas transfer. 
  • Oceanographic and limnology best practice 


Guide salary £25k-£32k depending on experience, 8 public holidays + 25 days annual leave 


To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (addressed to Dr. Alex Beaton) to

The job description and person specification can be found here.

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