Sandwich Year: Laboratory Technician

At Thatchers, we have been making cider with care and expertise since 1904. We are a family owned business in its fourth generation and you will often see Martin and John Thatcher going about their daily work here on Myrtle Farm in Somerset. Each generation has brought their own positive change to Thatchers, whether it was Stan’s commitment to making old-fashioned draught farmhouse cider, or Martin and John’s innovations with single variety ciders. Each generation has passed on their secrets, from how to encourage bees to pollinate apple blossom and looking after the 150-year-old oak vats where the cider matures, to the art of cider making itself. Our cidermakers love to marry traditional techniques with state of the art technology to create ciders that are smooth, fresh and full of flavour.

This is an opportunity to work within our technical team responsible for setting standards, monitoring compliance, innovation and product/packaging development. Our technical team use leading edge technology to quality assure, test and evaluate mechanisms crucial to the production of our business.

Placement Opportunity

Your placement will be divided into 3 stages.


You will join our team of laboratory technicians and support the summer harvest season, your primary responsibility will be performing analysis using analytical instrumentation, supporting manufacturing and the laboratory.


You will have the opportunity to work within our technical team and carry out an exciting work-related project relevant to your degree.


You will be set a study topic to research, given the opportunity to carry out analytical and scientific studies then report back your findings to the technical manager. Example projects include:

-Feasibility study of anaerobic digestion

-Extraction of value added products from apples and blackcurrant pomace.

You will also complete a full apple to cider induction programme, brand training day and relevant training throughout the year.


To be successful here, you need to be a remarkable person who gets stuff done and will share the same enthusiasm and passion for our cider and business as we do. You will be pro-active, have a passion to learn and relish operating in a fast paced, demanding and high-tech environment.

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