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Senior Laboratory Technician

Job Introduction

Job Description for Senior Laboratory Technician: 

NNL is where you’ll experiment to help solve global challenges. As part of our Waste Management & Decommissioning capability, your work will impact the lives of generations. By finding new ways to avoid, reduce, store and treat nuclear waste, and drive down the cost of decommissioning, you’ll help to deliver cleaner energy and influence our nation’s energy future. You’ll face new challenges every day, working in unique locations on ground-breaking projects. Whichever area you specialise in this is a place to do great science for a good cause.


This role will provide technical support to NNL’s Waste & Residue Processing team based at the Preston Laboratory.  This is an opportunity to join and contribute to a growing capability, delivering on a variety of different workstreams, for a range of customers.  The team have an established capability in developing and implementing bespoke processing solutions for a wide variety of uranic residues from both UK and overseas customers.  In addition we are developing a capability into our new Focus Area of Health and Nuclear Medicine, as well as supporting other fuel cycle development work.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Senior Laboratory Technician: 

  • Carry out laboratory experiments to support the team’s projects as agreed with Technical Leads
  • Maintain accurate records of work carried out and report on results as required by Technical Leads
  • Carry out enabling activities for laboratory work including preparation of safety paperwork, ordering consumables, liaison with Compliance team
  • Take responsibility for ensuring effective maintenance and calibration regimes of laboratory equipment
  • Directly contribute to defining and maintaining laboratory standards in safety and quality
  • Provide mentoring and training to junior team members as relevant
  • Actively contribute to the team’s improvement and assurance activity, identifying improvements in ways of working and implementing as agreed

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Senior Laboratory Technician: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline (preferably Chemistry) (minimum 2:2), or relevant equivalent experience
  • Significant laboratory experience, preferably in an active laboratory, including delivery of experiments, maintaining accurate records and reporting as required
  • Experience of delivering experimental work to consistently high standards of safety and quality
  • Previous positive contribution to developing and maintaining laboratory standards
  • Excellent organisational skill and attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to form effective working relationships
  • Experience of being flexible and adapting the approach to experimental work and reporting, according to customer requirements
  • Commitment to sharing knowledge and supporting the development of others
  • Pro-active approach to identifying and implementing improvements in ways of workingAbility 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)
  • Ability to view UK eyes only information – this involves being a British citizen as defined in the British Nationality Act 1981 (British Nationality Act 1981 (legislation.gov.uk)).  Please note if you hold a dual nationality of which one nationality is British you may still be able to view UK eyes only information it does however depend on what your other nationality is

Desirable Criteria for Senior Laboratory Technician: 

  • Experience of working in a radiochemistry laboratory

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.

Recruitment Agency Notice

We operate a strict Preferred Supplier List (PSL) for the provision of recruitment services. Only agencies on our PSL may provide CVs and only when the role is released to them by our recruitment team. We will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL. We explicitly reserve the right to add candidate details from unsolicited CVs from non-PSL agencies into our own candidate database and to pursue/hire such candidate(s) without any obligation, financial or otherwise, to the agency concerned.

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