Deputy Technical Lead - Materials Testing
The Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) team supports a number of large, long-term projects on behalf of several of NNL’s major customers. The team provides information on the performance of reactor materials supporting the ongoing operation of the UK Naval fleet, the UK’s AGR stations and a wider customer base. This role is primarily based at Windscale Laboratory, but may also include periods at Workington Laboratory or Central Laboratory.
The role requires the successful candidate to take responsibility for the analysis and reporting of measurements performed on irradiated nuclear fuel in support of reactor safety cases and improvement of reactor operating conditions. The role also requires participation in the development of new experimental techniques, and maintenance of existing techniques for the measurement of physical properties of irradiated fuel and materials. A key part of the role is to act as deputy technical lead, carrying out activities under the supervision of the technical lead to ensure that the technical quality of work is maintained.
- Technically supervise and participate in measurements on irradiated nuclear fuel samples and other materials, to the required standard.
- Assist technical lead in the development of new PIE measurement techniques; specifically, development of analysis methods and refinement of the experimental technique. Includes devising experimental programmes, assisting in the production of specifications, carrying out investigations, analysing and reporting results.
- Assist in the development of new measurement techniques including development of analysis methods and refinement of the experimental apparatus. Includes devising experimental programmes, carrying out investigations, analysing and reporting results.
- Take responsibility for assuring the quality of measurements made in the laboratory, under the supervision of the Technical Lead for the area.
- Analyse and troubleshoot equipment operability, technical queries and performance issues.
- Produce accurate records of work carried out in the form of technical reports.
- Present results in the open literature where appropriate.
- Comply with legislative, regulatory and company policy standards and procedures e.g. safety, quality, risk, security, etc. applicable to the role.
The Ideal Candidate
- Educated to degree level in an engineering/materials/science discipline or relevant level of experience.
- Relevant experience in PIE or related nuclear industry disciplines.
- Experience within a technical environment involving the characterisation and inspection of materials using various measurement techniques.
- Experience of technical report writing for external customers.
- Awareness of experimental design methods.
- A willingness to be ‘hands on’ with experimental rigs.
- Proven ability to conform to appropriate safe systems of work.
- Ability to work to a high security standard.
- SC Cleared (or ability to become so).
- This post is only open to UK nationals due to security restrictions.
- Aptitude for problem solving.
- Working towards chartered membership of relevant professional institution
- Previous experience of remote handling techniques would be an advantage.
- Radiation worker with active area working experience.
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