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Research Technologist

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Job Introduction

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a technically focused individual to join the Instrumentation and In-situ Analysis team as a Research Technologist. Based in NNL’s Central Laboratory on the Sellafield Site, the team currently consist of several technically focused scientists and engineers who have a strong focus on measurement and instrumentation. Working within NNL’s ISO9001 Instrument Development framework, you will be responsible for the delivery of measurement instrumentation related projects on behalf of external and internal NNL customers. The team develops, maintains and delivers measurement systems and solutions through the production of both hardware and software. In addition, the team also undertakes desk top studies looking at optioneering and development requirements for future measurement industry needs. The role therefore requires both hands on and desk based work requiring the individual to work as part of a wider team.

Role Responsibility


  • Production of documentation to support the delivery of instrumentation related project work.
  • Hands on work developing and using data acquisition systems and associated measurement systems.
  • Contribute to brainstorming workshops and desk top studies looking at R&D requirements for future measurement challenges.
  • Compliance with respect to all relevant Safety, Work Permissioning, EHSS&Q and other relevant NNL procedures and processes. 

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Skills/Qualifications:

  • A strong interest and relevant experience with the development and/or delivery of measurement instruments, ideally through post graduate studies or previous industrial experience
  • An ability to work in a multi discipline team
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Degree (or equivalent relevant experience) in a relevant scientific or engineering subject area.
  • A proven track record in terms of delivery of instrumentation and/or measurement related projects.

Desirable Skills/Qualifications:

  • Experience with C# (or similar) programming is strongly desirable for the role.
  • Experience with ISO9001 documentation or equivalent in terms of special instrument development.
  • Experience with image processing and associated techniques is alo desirable.
  • Experience of laboratory compliance at a nuclear licenced site is desirable but not essential.

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.

National Nuclear Laboratory

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