Magma Ceramics and Catalysts

Apprentice Laboratory Technician

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Magma laboratory, where we are looking to appoint enthusiastic and dedicated individuals with a passion for science. Magma is a leading global provider of innovative catalyst technology, specialist ceramic refractories and related services, a private equity firm that invest in companies.

Reference number: VAC1000260396


Two Science Students Performing Experiment in Science Laboratories
Wage – £6.40 per hour
Duration – 24 months
Start date – September 2024
Posted – 25/06/2024

Working Week:

39 Hours per week Monday to Thursday 07.30 to 16.30 with 30 minutes unpaid break Friday 07.30 to 12.30

Apprenticeship level




What you will do in your working day

  • Performs laboratory tests in order to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific investigations
  • Carry out routine tasks accurately and following strict methodologies to carry out analyses
  • Preparation of samples
  • Maintenance and operation of the laboratory equipment
  • Recording and sometimes interpreting results to present to senior colleagues
  • Use of computers and being able to perform mathematical calculations for the preparation of graphs and tables
  • Keep up to date with technical developments, especially those which can save time and improve reliability
  • Conduct searches on identified topics relevant to the research
  • Follows and ensures strict safety procedures and safety checks.
  • Performs other duties as requested by management

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard qualification.

1 day per week in college, at Kirklees College, Waterfront Centre in Huddersfield.

You will complete an End-Point Assessment this will involve the following:

  • Knowledge test
  • Observation with questioning
  • An interview

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Role of Laboratory Analyst.

Things to consider

Will be working with chemicals.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

• Experience of using a GC
• The ability to learn specific, practical techniques and apply this knowledge to solve technical problems
• The ability to use technical equipment with accuracy
• The ability to maintain and calibrate technical equipment
• Time management skills in order to work on several different tasks at the same time
• Flexibility in order to work with and provide support for a number of people
• Excellent oral communication skills in order to work effectively with colleagues from all parts of the organisation and to explain complex techniques to interested parties
• Experience in providing demonstrations and writing technical reports
• Teamwork skills and patience
• Attention to detail


Maths and English, grade 4 or above

About the employer

Magma Ceramics and Catalysts

Founded in 2010 Magma is a leading global provider of innovative catalyst technology, specialist ceramic refractories, and related services. Innovation is at the heart of Magma, who have developed and commercialized catalyst manufacturing and product technology over the last 5 years. The company has four UK manufacturing facilities and one Vietnamese manufacturing facility along with a fully equipped catalyst research and development facility in the UK. Growth of the Group has been significant with 4 acquisitions in 10 years. In March 2021 Magma was acquired by the Texas based Unicat Catalyst Technologies, a portfolio company of White Deer, a private equity firm that invests in companies involved in the supply chain supporting the energy, industrials and infrastructure sectors.

Closing date: 23 July 2024