Senior Technologist

Job Reference: NNL/TP/16380/631
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Starting at £41,046
Working Hours: 39 Hours
Closing Date: 18/08/2020
Job Category: Waste Management and Decommissioning
Business Unit: Waste Management and Decommissioning
Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

Job Introduction

The Senior Technologist will be part of the WM&D Waste & Residues Processing Services business area with responsibility for the planning, supervision and execution of experimental campaigns performed on Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) rigs owned or operated by the team and any associated wasteform development projects.  They will own and oversee these and any related projects in support of our customer’s waste treatment missions and liaise directly with customers and others at all levels within NNL to ensure successful delivery of project work.  The Senior Technologist will work alongside Technical Leads and Junior Technologists working in the team’s project areas and will maintain a focus on the technical, safety and quality aspects therein.  It is anticipated that, whist the HIP and wasteform development area will be the successful candidate’s primary placement, there may be opportunity to work in other thermal treatment projects managed by the team.

The Senior Technologist will generate experimental programmes to customer specification, act as an authority on plant/experimental capabilities and identify additional work to the customer, which may be of benefit to their operations.

The Senior Technologist will prepare experimental documentation and progress projects through to completion.  Retaining gathered information, they will produce reports, present the information at customer meetings and make any recommendations necessary. 

The Senior Technologist will support the Technical Lead(s) to define requirements and develop new ideas through customer planning, project meetings, plant support and technical committee meetings paving the way to becoming a Subject Matter Expert in thermal treatment technology, particularly HIP technical and operations, ceramics and wasteform development.

The Senior Technologist may be required to directly supervise junior members of the team.

Main Responsibilities

  • Undertake duties as directed by the Capability Manager, Technical Leads and/or Lead Technologist.
  • To interface with customers to identify and develop project work.
  • To define and contribute to experimental campaign work proposals and experimental programmes.
  • To specify, execute and deliver research projects including supervision of supporting team members.
  • To gather and analyse experimental data, produce, deliver and present on technical reports.
  • To act as a point of contact on experimental matters and capability.
  • To assist Technical and Senior Technical Leads in the derivation of experiments aimed at investigating key research tasks.
  • To organise analytical requirements for operational campaigns and experimental work within NNL and with external analysis suppliers.
  • Act as liaison between the Operations and Laboratory Teams, ensuring that the aims and objectives of experiments are being successfully met.
  • To perform on-line analysis of plant and laboratory produced data.
  • To undertake safety and quality audits on plant and in laboratories.
  • Perform the investigation of experimental events occurring during rig operations and carry out quick-time analysis, making changes where necessary.
  • Carry out the collection of relevant data from plant software systems and ensure that QA aspects of data collection and retention from all projects are robust.
  • To support the Technical Lead to identify and recommend areas of future work for the business area.
  • To develop and maintain own expertise in rig operations and supporting experimental work.
  • To attend national and international conferences, presenting where appropriate, to publicise NNL’s capabilities and those of the business area.
  • To maintain relationships with current customers and to create and foster relationships with new customers and academia.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Skills \ Qualifications

  • Minimum undergraduate degree in a relevant scientific subject; Chemistry, Materials Science etc.
  • Relevant experience in a technical capacity, preferably in a lead or deputy lead role.
  • Relevant experience in the management of technical projects/programmes.
  • Proven ability in experimental design, management and reporting.
  • Ability to develop to deputise for Technical Lead(s) and Lead Technologist.
  • Demonstrable customer focus with the ability to interact at all levels.
  • Proven ability to analyse data and act upon findings.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and be a respected team member.
  • Demonstrable positive attitude towards achieving high levels of safety and quality.
  • Highly competent in Microsoft IT programmes.
  • Proven ability to interact with other departments and at a higher level in, and outside of, own team.
  • Proven ability to present technical information internally and externally to others in the technical community, customers and academia, where necessary.

Desirable Skills \ Qualification

  • Master’s degree in a relevant scientific subject; Chemistry, Physics etc.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience of HIP technical and operations, ceramics and wasteform development.
  • Ability to develop to act as a Person Organising Work, Lead SQEP, Task Supervisor and Deputy Technical Lead.
  • Member of a professional institute; Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics, etc.
  • Ability to manage the workload of junior team members to successful outcome in terms of delivery to safety, cost, quality etc.

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.