Laboratory Technician (ESA-ECSAT)

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), Serco Europe [9733]

Field(s) of expertise
Navigation Engineering
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About this job

Serco is a leading Space Services Provider with thousands of skilled resources that has supported over 50 space missions on behalf of more than 10 Space or Government agencies around the globe, including the ESA and NASA. Serco offers space capability across the full space lifecycle from satellite testing to Launch services, LEOP to spacecraft operations, space surveillance to data management, and supporting downstream application development. With over 55 years history in the space sector Serco is well placed to contribute to National strategies and New Space ventures who want to scale their businesses/organizations with skilled talent.

On behalf of our client, we are looking for a dynamic Laboratory Technician to join our team at the esteemed ESA-ECSAT site in Harwell, UK. Step into a remarkable role that grants you access to one of the globe’s highly coveted space agencies.

As a Laboratory Technician, you will be working within the ESA’s Sample Analogue Curation Facility (SACF). The SACF’s mission is to act as a European focal point for the curation and characterisation of analogue samples while realising its vision of achieving centre of excellence status by 2025. The overarching aim of the SACF is to provide expert support on analogue sample topics to research and technology development projects (focused on space exploration and planetary science applications) within ESA, its member states, and the rest of Europe.


  • Set up and calibrate analytical instruments and equipment.
  • Support the preparation and analysis of new and existing analogue samples, and the drafting of sample characterization plans and standardised results reports.
  • Prepare and process feedstock materials to maintain analogue sample stocks.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly environment and the general upkeep of the SACF e.g. overseeing repairs and maintenance, receiving deliveries, cleaning instruments, coordinating instrument/equipment usage etc.
  • Log visitors to the SACF and assist them with the use of analytical equipment, as well as ensure that safety guidelines are followed by all SACF users.
  • Maintain and file data outputs/records generated from sample preparation and analysis activities.
  • Liaise with suppliers for the procurement of additional instruments and equipment, consumables and supplies, service contracts etc.
  • Contribute to the preparation of health, safety and security and documentation.


  • Technical degree (Bachelor’s degree, Diploma, or equivalent) in geology, geochemistry, analytical chemistry, or other relevant subject.
  • 4 years of experience preferably working in a geology, geochemistry, or other relevant laboratory, with preference for demonstrable experience using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), and spectroscopic instruments (e.g. FTIR and Raman spectrometers).
  • A desired asset is a history of handling and analysing datasets produced by such instruments, including familiarity with associated software (e.g. ImageJ, MatLab, Origin etc.).
  • Outstanding structured and self-organising work attitude including attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are needed, together with a high degree organizational and communication abilities, and comfortable with working in a diverse and multinational team environment
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken.
  • Knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.



Within Serco we believe there is a place here for everyone. Diversity & Inclusion at Serco is based on a culture where every voice is heard, and every employee feels valued. Working together as one team, we can enhance the experience of our people and teams, improve the value of our solutions to better serve the missions of our customers, and make a difference in our world. We are enthusiastic and passionate about our work which is infectious. We allow our employees to take responsibility for their work and promote a positive working culture.


What we offer:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Comprehensive package of benefits offered by the company.
  • Assistance with relocation can be provided, details available upon request.
  • Engaging company events to foster team spirit.
  • Reimbursement of public transport expenses.
  • Access to a variety of sports and recreational activities at ECSAT Escape Recreation Centre.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.

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