Environmental Scientist

Job Reference: NNL/TP/22463/903
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Starting at £36,160
Working Hours: 39
Closing Date: 03/12/2020
Job Category: Delivery Operations
Business Unit: Waste Management and Decommissioning
Location: Workington, Cumbria

Job Introduction

Job Description:

The proposed role is to provide technical support within the technical capability of Environmental Chemistry in the characterisation and treatment of nuclear waste and contaminated land. The available role is both office and site-based and will involve working closely with Technical Leads and will also require interaction with a range of internal and external customers.

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. 
•    Participate in the delivery of a range of projects supporting the characterisation and treatment of nuclear waste and contaminated land.
•    Undertake on-site characterisation operations including sampling and monitoring of diverse nuclear wastes, contaminated land and groundwater. 
•    Define and contribute to characterisation proposals and programmes.
•    Deliver research projects including supporting team members. 
•    Organise analytical requirements for operational campaigns within NNL and with external analysis suppliers. 
•    Carry out analysis of results from waste characterisation campaign, produce, deliver and present on technical reports.
•    Prepare safety paperwork and documentation and liaise with relevant stakeholders to ensure the safe delivery of work.
•    Develop and maintain own expertise.

The Ideal Candidate

Qualifications & Experience:

Essential skills / Qualifications;

  • Minimum graduate qualification (BSc) in relevant scientific subject, e.g. chemistry, geochemistry or environmental chemistry.
  • Proven ability to work in a contaminated site environment and/or in experimental labs. 
  • 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. 
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively. 
  • Full clean driver’s license and willing to travel.

Desirable skills / qualifications additional to profile;

  • MSc and/or PhD in relevant scientific subject. e.g. chemistry, geochemistry or environmental chemistry.
  • Familiarity with analytical techniques for radiological sample analysis. 
  • Member of a professional institute.

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.