Experimental Chemist

Job Reference: NNL/TP/22463/900
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Starting at £46,542
Working Hours: 39
Closing Date: 27/11/2020
Job Category: Waste Management and Decommissioning
Business Unit: Waste Management and Decommissioning
Location: Risley, Warrington or Preston, Lancashire

Job Introduction

Job Description:

The role is to provide technical support within the technical capability of Effluent and Environmental Chemistry in the provision of nuclear decommissioning and environmental clean up services with an emphasis on the design and planning of experimental programmes and the analysis, interpretation and reporting of experimental data.

Main Responsibilities

Principal Accountabilities:

•    Undertake duties as directed by the Capability Manager, Technical Lead and/or Lead Technologist. 
•    Interface with Customers to develop project work and maintain relationships.
•    Liaise with other stakeholders within the NNL to benefit the team e.g. research fellows, innovation team.
•    Define and contribute to proposals and R&D programmes.
•    Deliver research projects including supporting team members. 
•    Provide technical expertise and guidance on issues appropriate to their discipline.                                                 
•    Carry out the interpretation and presentation of results including contributions to Technical Memoranda and Reports. 
•    Work alongside project/programme managers and customers to ensure that work is delivered to time, cost, quality and safety requirements.
•    Keep abreast of developments in their own field and apply them to projects.
•    Provide support to develop the skills and abilities of others for the benefit of the company. 
•    Support team to meet objectives.

The Ideal Candidate

Qualifications & Experience:

Essential skills / Qualifications;
•    PhD in related chemistry, environmental chemistry, physical chemistry or radiochemistry. 
•    Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of personnel. 
•    An experienced practitioner with significant industrial or academic experience with regards to working in a laboratory environment, designing experiments and interpreting results.
•    Experience in radiochemistry
•    A proven track record in producing high quality technical reports and/or journal papers. 
•    Proven ability to analyse data and act upon findings.
•    Proven ability to present technical information to others in the technical community, customers and academia where necessary.
•    Good problem solving, analytical thinking and decision-making skills.
•    Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
•    Strong computer skills including proficiency in MS Office.

Desirable skills / qualifications additional to profile;
•    Experience in chemical speciation modelling e.g. PHREEQC, GWB, GEMS.
•    Pre-existing technical understanding of effluent management and waste characterization in relation to nuclear applications is desirable, especially in relation to ion exchange and chemical precipitation, otherwise alternative technical knowledge and experience that is complimentary and hence an indicator of the ability to quickly pick this up.
•    Membership of a Professional Institute.
•    Full clean driver’s license and willing to travel occasionally 

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.