Robotics Systems Technologist

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Job Reference: NNL/TP/24943/921
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time
Salary: Salary from £41,046
Working Hours: 39
Closing Date: 13/04/2021
Business Area: Nuclear Operations
Business Unit: Laboratory Operations
Location: Risley, Cheshire

Job Introduction

Robotics Systems Technologists will work in the NNL’s growing Robotics capability area to support the delivery of the SL and NDA robotics strategy for accelerated decommissioning for which NNL manage.

This Robotic System Technologist will meet the SQEP requirements of RAI for Harsh Environments to lead work programmes from concept through to customer delivery.

This role can be based at our Risely (Warrington) or Workington (Cumbria) locations & has the flexibility to allow hybrid home / office working.

Main Responsibilities

The innovative use of advanced technologies and development of engineered solutions to a range of robotic and tele-operational challenges.

The innovative integration of technologies to satisfy end user requirements.

Delivery of a program of development trials on a range of tele-operable components and systems, which includes:

  • Preparation of safety paperwork associated with experimental programme
  • Undertaking small and large-scale trials, involving proprietary and bespoke robotics hardware and test rig equipment.
  • Complete series of experimental trials as outlined by Specialist
  • Collect, tabulate and interpret experimental data and presentation of results in formal document formats, papers and presentations
  • Development of prototype equipment and processes through to supply of end products
  • Preparation of product safety related documentation, e.g. risk assessments, method statements, operation & maintenance manuals
  • Comply with all legislative, regulatory and company policy standards and procedures e.g. safety, quality, risk, security etc. applicable to the role, including those required for CE marking
  • To provide mechanical engineering consultancy and support for remotely operable systems and equipment for the nuclear industry
  • Liaison with suppliers and manufacturers, initiation and progression of the procurement process including production of procurement specifications through to delivery and inspection
  • Provide technical advice and guidance on issues appropriate to their working area
  • Keep abreast of developments in their own field and applying them to designated work packages
  • Provision of technical supervision for technician and craft personnel
  • Travel to other sites in order to attend project and customer meetings

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Skills/Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent experience in robotics and software research and development
  • A working knowledge of the relevant safety legislation and quality and environmental standards
  • Hands on experience developing software control for industrial robots, research robots or bespoke manipulator systems within a laboratory or industrial environment
  • Experience in the use of simulation or software for the verification and validation of robotic control programs
  • Problem solving, questioning attitude and solution seeking skills
  • Proactive approach to maintaining high safety and quality standards.

Desirable Skills/Qualifications

  • Chartered or working towards Chartership status
  • Knowledge of nuclear industry and plant operations
  • Knowledge and experience of applying the legislative and regulatory requirements relating to engineering product development projects and CE marking
  • IOSH Working Safely and/or demonstration of safety in an industrial setting
  • Good presentation skills
  • Self-motivated, high energy contributor
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work and research independently
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplined team
  • Experience of teleoperation of robotic systems within a nuclear or other hazardous environment is an advantage but not essential

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.