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Instrumentation Research Technologist

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Job Introduction

Job Description for Instrumentation Research Technologist:

This is where your skills play a critical role in keeping everyone safe. Working in Safety, Security & Safeguards gives you the chance to make your mark on some hugely interesting projects. NNL does work that nobody else in the sector is doing, and this means we need experts like you to make it possible, whilst keeping everyone safe. We’re committed to using nuclear science to benefit society for years to come. This means that you can build a long and successful career here whilst playing a meaningful role in delivering cleaner energy, reducing waste and keeping colleagues and the public out of harm’s way.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Technologist in NNL Measurement and Analysis (NNL M&A). This technical role will be responsible for technical delivery of laboratory and deployment work as well as to lead research and customer project work for the Instrumentation and In-situ Analysis (IIA) team. Training will include development to technical lead and task supervisor within the NNL facilities, as well as opportunities to attend plant for maintenance, commissioning, and deployment activities. 

The role will provide the ability to contribute to customer projects, working on several aspects to instrumentation development for the nuclear environment. The successful candidate should have a background in instrumentation (or similar) and have experience of working within a rig hall and/or laboratory-based environment. The position will primarily support projects and support plants to develop instruments to a deployable technical readiness level. Work will include identification of requirements, writing proposals for research and other customer work, experimental design, providing experimental data, data analysis, testing and underpinning evidence for instrumentation and processes, technical report writing, cross team communication, troubleshooting of instrumentation, and on-plant maintenance of bespoke instrumentation. 

In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on internally and externally funded research projects and have collaborations with academia. The position will provide opportunities to author high impact publications and to be actively involved in knowledge exchange with academia and the nuclear industry.

The location for this role is flexible and can be based at Sellafield or Workington.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Instrumentation Research Technologist:

  • The employee will be accountable for:
    • Preparation of proposals for research, development, and innovation for M&A-IIA projects.
    • Development of experimental work programmes. 
    • Experimental write-up and data reporting. 
    • The candidate must be able to work in cross capability teams, a small team or on their own on projects. 
    • Interfacing with academia, customers and attending technical workshops. 
    • Work alongside project/programme managers and customers to ensure that work is delivered to time, cost, quality, and safety requirements. 
    • Provide support to develop the skills and abilities of others for the benefit of the company. 
    • Ensures all relevant safety rules and procedures are applied.
    • Support on software applications which will require knowledge of programming.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Instrumentation Research Technologist:

  • Ideally suited for applicants with experience in the focused area of instrumentation and analysis.
  • Post Doctorate or Honors degree in relevant field of instrumentation.
  • Provide evidence of self-motivation with demonstrable levels of drive, energy, and resilience.
  • Must have the ability to communicate with all levels of personnel.
  • A track record of producing bid proposals to high quality technical reports.
  • Ability to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency).

Desirable Criteria for Instrumentation Research Technologist:

  • Membership of a Professional Institute.
  • Experience in the management of research programmes.
  • Will be familiar with the Nuclear Industry.

About the Company

NNL is an incredible place to work A place where people do things that have never been done before A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business, and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

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.

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