Research Technologist

Job Reference: NNL/TP/8344/683
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
Salary: 39928
Working Hours: 39
Closing Date: 25/02/2020
Job Category: Waste Management and Decommissioning
Business Unit: Waste Management and Decommissioning
Location: Preston

Job Introduction

To provide technical capability as part of the Waste and Residues Processing team in order to offer and deliver value to the team’s existing and potential customers.

The Waste & Residues Processing team at Preston develops and implements bespoke processing routes for a wide variety of uranic residues from both UK and overseas customers.  The team also carries out fuel cycle R&D associated with existing and future uranium refining, conversion, enrichment, fuel manufacture and recycle facilities, along with associated spin-offs such as the potential to recover potentially medically useful radionuclides.

This role is strategically important to the succession planning for the Subject Matter Experts in the team.  The successful candidate will be expected to work alongside the team’s Technical Leads, with a focus on developing their understanding and operating experience to be able to take on increasing responsibility for leading technical work.  There will be a structured development plan in place to support this.

Main Responsibilities

  • Develop treatment methods for the clean-up of intractable wastes and residues primarily from the “front end” of the fuel cycle, through planning and carrying out experimental programmes
  • Interpret analytical data produced to characterise intractable wastes and residues and define potential treatment processes
  • Produce quality technical reports to document work done and make informed recommendations to customers
  • Provide technical support to laboratory technicians and plant operators.
  • Produce safety case documentation (e.g. risk and CoSHH assessments etc.) and liaison with other disciplines and business groups to ensure work is completed to customer requirements
  • Support technical leads to define technical programme requirements and develop new ideas to meet customer requirements

The Ideal Candidate

Qualifications and Experience


  • Minimum undergraduate degree in a relevant scientific subject; preferably Chemistry
  • Experience in a technical capacity, preferably with responsibility for leading projects
  • Willingness and aptitude to develop into a Technical Lead role
  • Demonstrable customer focus
  • Proven ability and experience in designing and planning experiments, carrying out practical work and interpreting and reporting results
  • Ability to provide technical guidance to others
  • Proven ability to process, analyse and present complex data
  • Demonstrable positive attitude towards achieving high levels of safety and quality
  • Highly competent in Microsoft IT programmes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels – within the team, the organisation and externally
  • Able to work in an active area



  • Masters or postgraduate degree in a relevant scientific subject; preferably Chemistry
  • Chartered Member of a professional institute or working towards Chartered status
  • Knowledge of nuclear and actinide chemistry
  • Ability to network and make connections to promote the team’s capability both internally and externally

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