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Research and Development Technician

Advanced Insulation specialises in the manufacture and supply of unique insulation and fire protection systems.  We are looking for a Research and Development Technician to join our R&D team, based in Gloucester, to support new product development projects and technical support activities. The role is incredibly varied and exciting with tasks changing from day-to-day. The role will involve supporting development chemists and engineers with the preparation of test samples. Test samples range from small-scale bench-sized pieces to large specimens that require large-scale, full production, manufacturing techniques so we are requiring candidates who are proactive self-starting problem-solvers who can work well in a team. Any training and development that may be necessary for the successful candidate to complete the role will be provided.

The Material Technician role include:

  • Ensuring that work is undertaken in accordance with Quality and Health and Safety procedures and maintaining a clean and tidy work area.
  • Manufacturing to exact standards samples for sales, in-house and external testing.
  • Undertaking in-house testing and validation of products.
  • Supporting with product, process and equipment development.
  • Undertaking application and commissioning trials.
  • Hand preparation and laminating of composite materials.
  • Manufacturing of wooden moulds.
  • Organising and managing storage of samples, materials and tools/equipment.

Skills and Experience / Qualifications:


  • Problem-solver. Self-starter.
  • Can assess risks and works with Health and Safety at the forefront of their mind.
  • Willingness and capability to learn.


  • Previous experience in a similar role.
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent qualification.
  • Experience with use of manufacturing and processing equipment (e.g. mixers, presses, pressure vessels etc.).
  • Familiar with machine shop and wood working tools.
  • Experience of working with composites.
  • Expertise in spraying (e.g. fire protection coatings, paints, fibre glass infused resins). Experience using Graco Mark V spray pump (or equivalent).
  • Holding a Forklift and/or Bendi Forklift licence.
  • Experience in the use of a furnace

How to apply

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