Materials Chemistry Post Doctorate Scheme


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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Permanent - Full Time
Salary from £37,064
Working Hours:
Sellafield, Cumbria
Closing Date:
Business Area:
Fuel, Reactor and Reprocessing
Post / Zip Code:
CA20 1PG

Job Introduction

NNL Post Doctorate Scheme

NNL have launched a new Post Doctorate Early Careers Scheme which will commence in October 2021. The successful applicant to this role will become part of this new scheme. More details on the NNL Post Doctorate scheme can be found at Post Doctorate | National Nuclear Laboratory (

One of the key long-term missions at the Sellafield site is to ensure safe and secure storage of special nuclear materials (SNM) such as plutonium over extended time periods, likely to be in excess of 100 years. The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is seeking a post-doctoral level scientist from a materials science-related discipline to support studies on the behaviour and lifetime of SNM storage materials under various conditions and to advise on handling, storage and monitoring. The successful candidate will enrol on the NNL post doc scheme alongside working in the working in controlled areas within NNL’s Central Laboratory. The role will require the individual to learn how to operate experiments in gloveboxes and fumehoods under highly regulated processes and secure Developed Vetting (DV) status.


Main Responsibilities

The Main Responsibilities for the Materials Chemistry Post Doctorate Scheme:

  • Provision of specified services to internal/external customers (Sellafield Limited, BEIS, AWE) to agreed standards. 
  • Provide direct support to a manager or group of staff. 
  • Interpret instructions and produces good quality output safely and to time. 
  • Provide technical information, checking validity and records within appropriate guidelines. 
  • As appropriate, participates in the preparation of technical reports and assessments within agreed timescales. 
  • Where appropriate, develop the skills and abilities of others for the benefit of the company. 
  • Work within budgetary limits. 
  • Ensures detailed work records are maintained in accordance with laid down procedures. 
  • Ensures all relevant safety rules and procedures are applied by all staff.
  • Complies with legislative, regulatory and company policy standards and procedures e.g. safety, quality, risk, security etc. applicable to the role.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for the Materials Chemistry Post Doctorate Scheme: 

  • PhD in Materials/Chemistry.
  • A proven aptitude for problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • Knowledge of devising and delivering research and technical projects.
  • Proficient in using software to analyse data.
  • Demonstrable positive attitude to Health and Safety and working to instructions.
  • Ability to achieve DV clearance. 

Desirable Criteria for the Materials Chemistry Post Doctorate Scheme: 

  • Knowledge of the nuclear industry. 
  • Experience of handling nuclear and radioactive materials.
  • Experience in active fume hood and/or glovebox operations.
  • Experience in use of XRD, SEM, TGA.

About The Company

Grounded in robust science and decades of experience, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the authoritative voice in the UK and beyond for technological development within the nuclear power sector.

Our unparalleled understanding of the science, challenges and opportunities makes us an unrivalled authority and partner in the field, providing experts, technologies, and access to cutting-edge facilities to organisations around the world.

Harnessing potential technologies and translating them into to industry-ready solutions means our pioneering approach spearheads international improvement and technological progress.

We work on projects as small as drilling a hole to analyse underground wastes with our integrated micro drilling technology, or as large as developing state-of-the-art power systems for spacecraft, based on radioactive materials

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

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