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Operations and Technical Support Assistant

Job Introduction

The role is within the NNL’s Sellafield-based Measurement and Analysis Team.  The team is responsible for developing and operating analytical methods in support of a wide range of projects.

In this role you will be working within a team of analysts who are tasked with the development and operation of analytical and radiochemical methods and equipment. You will be required to work in fumehoods and gloveboxes within an active area laboratory environment providing high quality analysis for a range of internal and external customers. As part of the role you will be expected to interface with a number of other NNL capabilities and travel to customer or supplier sites may be required.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities include:

  • Provision of analytical services to internal/external customers to agreed standards.
  • Provides direct support to the Business Manager or Technical Lead.
  • Interprets instructions and produces good quality output safely and to time.
  • Provides technical information, checking validity and records within appropriate guidelines.
  • Interface with a number of other NNL capabilities.
  • Analyse and troubleshoot equipment operability, technical queries and performance issues.
  • Keep abreast of developments in his/her field.
  • Participates in the preparation of technical reports and assessments within agreed timescales.
  • Where appropriate, develop the skills and abilities of others for the benefit of the company.
  • Works within budgetary limits.
  • Motivates and provides guidance to others.
  • Ensures detailed work records are maintained in accordance with laid down procedures.
  • Ensures all relevant safety rules and procedures are applied by all staff.
  • Complies with legislative, regulatory and company policy standards and procedures e.g. safety, quality, risk, security etc. applicable to the role

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Skills/Qualifications:

  • A Bachelors degree in Chemistry or science based discipline or an HND with typically at least 5 years experience.
  • Enhanced security clearance (at least SC) or a willingness to undertake further security clearance.
  • Experience of working within a laboratory environment.
  • An ability to develop inexperienced team members.
  • High technical standards for all deliverables and project outputs.

Desirable Skills/Qualifications:

  • A Chartered Scientist in a relevant discipline (e.g. CChem).
  • Understanding of the requirements of ISO17025 and operation of a UKAS-accredited quality system.
  • Experience of working with radioactive materials.


About the Company

We play a key role in the UK and global nuclear industry. That means reducing the cost of clean-up and decommissioning, maintaining critical skills and attracting talented new people to the industry. We're the only UK organisation with the skills, facilities and expertise to provide technical support to all aspects of the nuclear industry. What's more, we pride ourselves on offering quality, value and service to every one of our customers.


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