Young Business Professionals Spend the Summer at Edinburgh Instruments

Young Business Professionals Spend the Summer at Edinburgh Instruments

Edinburgh Instruments prides itself on staying up-to-date with the latest demands and advances in technology. In order to maintain the level of innovation that we have always strived for, we need to ensure that we are developing the next generation of innovators. This is why we are committed to providing up-and-coming scientists, engineers, and young business professionals with the opportunity to learn, develop and acquire new skills that are essential to their development as they enter the working world. One way that we are doing this is by employing summer students from high schools and universities that have a keen interest in the scientific research, or engineering fields.

Rebecca McManus

The first of our students is 20-year-old Rebecca McManus. Rebecca has just completed her first year at Dundee University, and is working towards obtaining her BSc in Physics. Although video games and mountain biking are her favourite hobbies, Rebecca has enjoyed her time with our purchasing department. During her time with us she has been involved in the processing of purchase orders, liaised with suppliers, and has assisted with updating all purchasing records. Her favourite part about her time with Edinburgh Instruments, has been learning about the production and physics of spectrometers and lasers. Rebecca hopes to one day find a job where she is able to utilise her physics degree, while living in Japan.


Awi McDougall

Our production department has welcomed 17-year-old Awi McDougall, who is entering his last year at James Young High School, located right here in Livingston. During his time in production Awi has carried out various tasks from building parts of our instruments, to assisting with the writing of our Xenon Lamp. While he’s been able to learn a lot, his favourite part about the team at EI, has been breakfast rolls on a Friday morning. In his spare time Awi practices martial arts and hopes to one day become a professional MMA fighter.


Nathan Henderson

Future Mechanical Engineer, Nathan Henderson, is spending his time away from Aberdeen University this summer and has joined our team in the FS5 Clean Room. Working alongside Production Operators, Nathan has assisted with assembling and sub-assembling units that are used in the production of the FS5. His favourite part about joining the team at EI has been meeting people from all walks of life who have all had different experiences. When he’s not studying, Nathan enjoys playing lacrosse for his university’s team or spending time at the gym and with friends.


Daniella Gakamsky

Recent high school graduate, Daniella Gakamsky, has just finished at Balerno High School, and has decided to spend her last summer at Edinburgh Instruments before starting further studies at Edinburgh University. Working with the purchasing department, Daniella has been busy placing purchase orders, liaising with suppliers, updating records, and has even helped the marketing team. Daniella says that she has thoroughly enjoyed getting to do work that she’s never done before, but her favourite parts have been getting to know all the people and learning about the internal operations of a company. She will be studying Chemical Physics and hopes to one day collaborate with a range of people and make a meaningful contribution to the world.


Daniel Lynas

Last, but not least, is aspiring Photonics Engineer, Daniel Lynas. Daniel has just completed his second year at Heriot Watt University, where he is studying towards a degree in Engineering Physics. He has joined our development team, and over the course of the summer has been involved in the alignment of our Calibration lamp, stripping down parts, and carrying out market analysis. He has developed his knowledge and has gained first-hand insight into the industry  and its methodology. When he’s not studying, or thinking about science, Daniel enjoys board games, video games, and going to the cinema.

We are pleased to have been able to offer these young students a glimpse into everyday operations at Edinburgh Instruments, as well as an understanding of the professional world. We are delighted to have been able to offer them hands-on work experience and wish them the best of luck in their future careers.

Edinburgh Instruments continues its efforts in the development of future young professionals by offering apprenticeships in various departments. Past apprenticeships have included positions in Production and IT but are open to applications for other fields of interest as well. To express your interest in obtaining an apprenticeship with Edinburgh Instruments, please contact us at

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