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Technical Graduate – Chemistry

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Job Introduction

At NNL, our vision is to provide world-leading nuclear expertise and innovation. Do you have the driven technical talent to help us get there?


Our Technical Leadership Graduate Scheme will develop the next generation of technical experts. Not only will you receive the opportunity to work on challenging and exciting projects, but you’ll continually learn from skilled and knowledgeable industry experts who are leaders in their field.


We will help you become everything you can be, by challenging, stretching and pushing you to your limits while supporting you every step of the way.


Our dedicated Graduate programme supports all of our graduates in their personal development whilst working in our technical teams. As part of the programme you will even gain a qualification in Leadership and Management.


The two-year programme starts with a tailored, week-long induction programme to welcome you into the business, help you understand the breadth of what NNL does and describe the programme and what’s expected of you.


Working alongside fellow graduates, you will then embark on the training programme, with sessions every three months. You’ll learn project management, communication skills and nuclear insight while we help you develop your confidence in team working and public speaking. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the UK and global nuclear industry as well as internal research and development.

Role Responsibility

As a Technical Leadership Graduate, we will help you develop towards taking a lead role in our research and development projects. You will acquire a depth of knowledge and specific technical skills in a particular area of our business. You will experience the full life cycle of our projects; from liaising with customers to understand their needs, planning work and developing new methods and processes, to documenting your work effectively in technical reports.  Our graduates support us in many areas of the business; business development, product innovation, project delivery and environment, health, safety, security and quality.

Graduate chemists can fulfil a number of different roles within the NNL.  You could be based in a team with over 100 years of experience in the nuclear industry, working on experimental research and development related to actinide chemistry (particularly the transuranic actinides). You could be involved in reprocessing technologies, actinide behaviours in legacy pond wastes, plutonium materials and surface science and actinide coordination chemistry.

Chemistry graduates can provide support to operating and future reactors through analysis of the chemistry occurring in the reactor coolant systems. This could be related to modelling or experiments to understand the movement of radioactive material and so the dose to operators or the impact of chemistry on the operation or corrosion of the reactor.

You could provide support across the nuclear fuel cycle through developing an understanding of radiation chemistry and the impact this might have on plants such as through production of flammable gases, degradation and corrosion of material or reduction in the efficiency of a process.

You could be involved in investigating the chemistry of nuclear waste and its implications for current plant operations, and for the removal of residual waste at the end of a facility’s operational life. You could carry out experimental research to support the long term disposal of nuclear waste, understanding and overcoming the challenges which arise from the complex waste chemistry.

The Ideal Candidate

Naturally curious, you’ll have the drive and determination to discover more – about yourself and our business. Forward-thinking, proactive and positive, you’ll bring your own energy to the team and you’ll have an enquiring mind that helps us to discover solutions to the world’s biggest energy issues.

We’ll also expect you to have graduated, or be on course to graduate with a 2:1 or higher in Chemistry.

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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