Nanoco Group PLC

I really like the people I work with, my colleagues are friendly and we have a good atmosphere. It’s a great environment, although it is busy and fast-paced, everyone gets on with their work with a positive attitude and we have good working relationships.

Joe Broughton

Senior Analyst (Life Sciences)

How would you describe your role?

My job is very different from other analytical chemists at Nanoco. I work in the Life Sciences team, this is a small team and therefore we all have very diverse roles. Sometimes I am doing routine analysis, sometimes, for example, the water transfer of VIVODOTS™ material, or I might be diluting samples for customers or research partners. I also work on invention disclosures and patent applications. I get to do a lot of reading and research. We are all encouraged to put forward innovative ideas.

Putting in patent applications is unusual for someone in my role and I am fortunate that I am in a team where I can do this and have the support of my manager to look for new ideas.

How long have you been with Nanoco and what made you join?

I have been at Nanoco for just over seven years, I studied nanotechnology and drug delivery at university and I already had experience from a work placement in this area. I came across Nanoco towards the end of my studies and I was attracted to working with a world leader in this field. I wanted to work in pioneering technologies and do cutting edge research. I originally came to work for Nanoco as an intern.

How has your career progressed since you have been working here?

Whilst I was working as an intern in the coatings team, Nanoco were bringing their analytical team in house. A role came up to join this new team as a junior analyst. After 18 months I became an analyst and then two years later I moved to the Life Sciences team as an analytical chemist and I now work as a senior analytical chemist.

What is your favourite part of your job?

The thing I like best is that my ideas are heard and listened to. I feel that in every role I have been in at Nanoco I am taken seriously when I make a suggestion, even when I was working in more junior roles. It is great to see your team working on an idea which you came up with!

I love doing experiments which no one has ever done before, that is so exciting.

What is the biggest challenge you face in your role?

I multitask a lot and have a lot of moving parts to keep track of. I also need to keep abreast of new developments and adapt to change. We are a busy team!

Because I work in a small team I have to wear many hats, for example, I am the H&S representative for my team, and I might also be working on improvement projects alongside my regular duties. Again balancing everything can be challenging, but I enjoy being agile and working on a variety of different tasks.

What do you think are the biggest benefits of working at Nanoco?

I really like the people I work with, my colleagues are friendly and we have a good atmosphere. It’s a great environment, although it is busy and fast-paced, everyone gets on with their work with a positive attitude and we have good working relationships.

I like having the opportunity to move around the business and get different experiences. I have worked in several different teams and got to build experience in a range of areas and develop my skillset. There is a lot of workforce mobility.

An additional bonus is that the location and the building are really good. It is easy to get to our headquarter (where I work) on public transport.