PSL Rheotek, Burnham-on-Crouch - Laboratory Technician Apprentice (Level 3)

PSL Rheotek


Working for PSL Rheotek
Poulten Selfe & Lee Limited is a UK based manufacturer of high-quality glass capillary viscometers and a range of automatic viscometer systems sold under the brand name of PSL Rheotek.

The brand is well established in the worldwide market of viscosity measurement. The facilities are in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex where the following functions are accommodated: Electronics Assembly, R&D, service, glassblowing, and laboratory departments. The glass viscometer tubes are produced with high precision and the instruments are individually calibrated in the UKAS ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. The laboratory also calibrates thermometers and reference oils that are used as viscosity standards.

We are very excited to offer the apprenticeship opportunity because the apprenticeship will provide the structural workplace and technical training, bringing together the work ethic and scientific understanding necessary on a day-to-day basis in our workplace. We also believe this is a great opportunity for a young people to develop a career in a very niche scientific industrial environment.
What it's like being a Level 3 Laboratory Technician

During the normal daily work, the apprentice will be part of the calibration laboratory team. The training will include calibration of the various types and sizes of viscometers, oil blending, oil calibration, thermometer calibration and bath stability tests.

The apprentice will be part of a small friendly team, comprising of two senior calibrators and two apprentices, who are at an advanced stage of their apprenticeship. The team is led by the laboratory manager, who also takes part in the day-to-day work and is responsible for the workplace part of the training.



• The ability to show an interest in science, or laboratory testing.


• Ideally English, Maths and Science GCSE A-C grade or equivalent (however lower grades will be considered, so don’t be put off)

Skills and characteristics

• Computer literate (Microsoft Office)
• Good hand to eye co-ordination
• Attention to detail
• Good communication skills
• Punctual
• Responsible
• Organised and structured
• Interest in science

So how does the apprenticeship work?

At Tiro we’re obsessed with changing lives through science and technology apprenticeships so we can’t wait to have you on board.

Over 21 months, you’ll devote 20% of your 40 hours of working time towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro as well as an experienced mentor at PSL Rheotek who together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career. The best part? You’ll be earning while you learn.

Being an apprentice is hands-on, so you’ll get the chance to learn things you might otherwise not have experienced in a university or college environment.

Not ready to apply yet?

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Role overview

Wage: £10,400 per year

Hours per week: 40

Length: 21 months

Required: The ability to show an interest in science, or laboratory testing