Operations and Technical Support Assistant

Job Reference: NNL/TP/16380/673
Number of Positions: 4
Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
Salary: Starting at £36,160
Working Hours: 39 Hours
Closing Date: 12/06/2020
Job Category: Fuel, Reactor and Reprocessing
Business Unit: Fuel, Reactor and Reprocessing
Location: Cumbria

Job Introduction

NNL is looking for PhD graduate chemists to join a growing team and deliver an exciting programme of work for our customers.

The Special Nuclear Materials and Separation Science team specialise in lab-scale, medium inventory experiments in reprocessing, isotopic separation and Pu Science.

Successful candidates will be trained to work in our unique laboratories and apply their knowledge to important projects.

Attributes:  Good communication skills, ability to work well in teams, self-motivated and pro-active in approach are required.

Main Responsibilities


  • Provision of specified services to internal/external customers 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 Skills 

  • A PhD in Chemistry or similar scientific subject (with ability to work towards chartered status) or a minimum of 5 years experience in a laboratory environment.
  • A proven aptitude for problem solving.
  • Good communication and team working skills.
  • The ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Good IT skills.

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of the nuclear industry.
  • Classified Person with DV security clearance.
  • Experience of handling nuclear and radioactive materials.
  • Experience in active fumehood and/or glovebox operations.

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.