Technical Graduate – Materials Science
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.
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.
We have opportunities for materials scientists across all of our business areas. Some of our materials graduates provide essential support to operating and future reactors, through understanding the conditions under which they operate (e.g. temperature, radiation), and the impact these conditions have on the metals and alloys which form vital structural and operational components.
As a materials scientist you could be involved in electrochemistry studies to understand corrosion mechanisms, carrying out corrosion assessments to determine the lifetime of a plant, and advising on how a facility could adapt operations to extend lifetime.
You could be involved in glass chemistry supporting the vitrification of nuclear waste or studying the longevity of containers for the long term storage of plutonium. Graduate material scientists are also involved in the remote characterisation of used nuclear fuel and cladding and experimental assessments of its degradation behaviour during storage and disposal.
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 Materials Science.
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