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Research Technologist

Job Introduction

This role gives the opportunity for a Research Technologist in NNL Measurement and Analysis (NNL M&A).  This technical role will be responsible for development within the team which will develop into a technical lead role within the team.

The role will provide the opportunity to contribute working on several aspects to instrumentation development, specialising in wireless communications for decommissioning in the nuclear environment. This is an important role working closely with NNL Technical Leads and will require interaction with a range of internal and external customers. The successful candidate should have a PhD in the field of Instrumentation in the Nuclear environment and have extensive experience in prescribing suitable technologies from wireless applications to supporting experimental design and research for the nuclear and laboratory-based environments.

The position will primarily support Sellafield Ltd (SL) projects and 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, writing software on the windows and other platforms. Experience of writing/presenting technical papers and presenting at both local and international conferences.

Role Responsibility

•          Prescribing suitable technologies for wireless applications for the nuclear and laboratory-based environments.

•          Work alongside project/programme managers and customers to ensure that work is delivered to time, cost, quality and safety requirements.

•          Development of experimental work programmes and design of experimental rigs.

•          Collect, analyse, interpret experimental data, experimental write-up and data reporting.

•          The candidate must develop relationships through technical interactions with M&A customers to develop and grow the capability.

•          Interfacing with customers and troubleshooting problems for on-plant systems.

•          Technically mentoring experienced staff, graduates and apprentices to support their technical career development under the guidance of the Team Manger.

•          Ensures all relevant safety rules and procedures are applied

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Skills/Qualifications

• Post-graduate qualification (PhD) in relevant field i.e. Nuclear Instrumentation, including Wireless technologies.

• Highly experienced and Knowledge applicable to Instrumentation and software engineering.

• Good understanding of the SL and NNL projects including SNM stores. 

• Good communication skills (written and oral) in order to communicate with the wider technical team, SL equivalents and instrument suppliers and experts from other companies.

• Experience of Technical Working Groups, attending workshops, writing/presenting technical papers and presenting at both local and international conferences.

• Good troubleshooting skills 

Desirable Skills/Qualifications

• Experience in the management of research and innovation programmes. 

• Familiarity with techniques for software development. 

• Familiarity with control and instrumentation systems. 

• Membership 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.

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