Careers with Cairn

Our steady growth means that employment opportunities do arise here from time to time. Although we may advertise these, in general our preferred method is to find suitable people – or for them to find us – and to create suitable positions for them as and when we can. So, if you are interested in joining us at any time in the future, please feel free to get in touch for a general chat in the first instance, and we can take it from there.

Our farm location provides a pleasant and friendly working environment in the Kent countryside and with good road and rail links to the rest of the country. London is just over an hour away by train, but property in this area is still relatively affordable compared with much of the south east, so most of us don’t have to spend too much time commuting. This means a less stressed workforce for everyone, and more leisure time for you, so we can provide a much better quality of life if that sort of thing is important to you – and we certainly hope that it is!

Please email Dr Andy Allan us if you’d like to join the team!

Current vacancies

Job description

Cairn Research Ltd. is a Scientific Instrument Manufacturer based in Faversham, we are currently recruiting for a Machinist, with proven skills in both manual and CNC machining. We manufacture and design precision equipment for scientific research which will require an applicant who is comfortable working with high tolerances and machining intricate parts. Someone who can work well under pressure, able to prioritise and manage their own workload, yet be flexible enough to handle changes to the schedule or last-minute jobs.
This is a great opportunity to work for a friendly small company, that appreciates its workforce yet respects the requirements to produce high quality work and complete orders in a timely fashion. We are based just outside Faversham, surrounded by farmland, this could be a great placement for the right applicant.

Duties include:

  • Manufacturing of components using CNC and manual machinery. Producing small batch runs of company products, as well as prototypes and custom parts.
  • Ensuring machine shop consumables are ordered, and stock levels maintained.
  • Keeping the machine shop clean and maintaining the machines.
  • Liaising with internal departments and external machinists/suppliers.
  • Following health and safety legislation.

Key Skills:

  • Experience with CNC milling & turning machines. Conversational programming knowledge an advantage.
  • with the use of a manual Mill and Lathe is required.
  • Used to working at high tolerances, and able to produce small parts to a very high standard.
  • An understanding of CAD Software, with the ability to read drafts.
  • Able to work to tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing production and processes.
  • Have an eye for detail and thoroughness in work.
  • Familiar with ISO 9001:2015 procedures, preferred.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Setting up

Job Title

Chief Sales Officer


Senior Management Team


Office & Field Based – UK

Company Profile

Cairn Research Ltd. is a globally recognised scientific equipment manufacturer based in Faversham, Kent, UK. As an employee-owned company, we pride ourselves on both our independence, and our rural location in 70 acres of beautiful Kent farmland, with excellent transport links nearby.

We design, build, and integrate an extensive range of state-of-the-art optomechanical and electronic devices for use in fluorescence microscopy and advanced imaging research. Working at the forefront of science, our product range is constantly expanding and evolving.

Role Expectations

  • Full-time, 30 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays.
  • UK office based (Faversham, Kent).
  • Willing to travel through the working week, including overnight to customer sites where necessary.

What’s in it for you?

  • Join an employee-owned company and become a member of the employee-owned trust.
  • Salary expectations: Salary on application

Key Responsibilities and Roles         

  • Develop and deliver a clear, achievable, growth-led sales strategy including proactive prospecting.
  • Manage the existing sales and support team
  • Build on the existing team to grow the sales and ongoing support of core Cairn-manufactured components and instruments.
  • Liaise closely with Marketing to promote the Cairn Research brand globally.
  • Monitor sales metrics and manage the entire sales administration process.
  • Promoting the Cairn Research brand and attend scientific meetings.

What experience we are looking for?

  • Minimum BSc level within Life Sciences, Biophysics, Physics or Optics discipline.
  • Experience in a laboratory environment involving Light Microscopy and imaging techniques.
  • Extensive sales experience in the field of Light Microscopy and a track record of sales growth.
  • Experience managing a team of people.
  • Hands on, personable, with very good communication and time management skills.
  • Customer Service orientated with the ability to articulate ideas clearly.

School Farm - Cairn HQ

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