Posting Date: 30 June 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Scientist x 3
Devonport, Plymouth
Salary: £33,210 - £37,470


About the role
We’re looking for three Scientist to join us at HMNB Devonport, one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe. We’re a key strategic partner to our customers; the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure that the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by supporting them in Devonport and around the world.


This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of an experienced team within the Chemistry and Reactor Chemistry departments who provide scientific support services to all departments and vessels within HMNB Devonport and, on occasion to our external customers. As a Scientist you’ll advance the ability of the section to respond to our customers’ needs allowing Babcock to maintain the high standards required in a UKAS accredited laboratory. Your key tasks will include, but won’t be limited to, various Chemical and Radio-Chemical classical and instrumental analytical techniques, Safety Critical Testing of atmospheres for work in confined spaces and supplying a Calibration Service.


What do I need to do the role?
You’ll be educated to minimum HNC/ Degree level in a relevant scientific subject OR have significant experience of working in a UKAS accredited laboratory together with relevant scientific academic/vocational qualifications. 

We would also like you to have the following attributes:

  • Positive, can-do attitude with a desire to learn new skills.
  • Enthusiasm in science with a motivation of making contributions in a multi-discipline team environment.
  • Strong computer, scientific, and organizational skills.

Lastly, experience of working afloat would be highly desirable, however all necessary training will be provided to suitable candidates. More important is the willingness to develop and learn new skills, the ability to work with minimal supervision and an excellent attention to detail.


What else do I need to know?
Successful candidates must to be prepared to work a 24 / 7 shift pattern in the Reactor Chemistry section and in Radiological Controlled Areas. Whilst the primary requirement of the post is to work a shift pattern within the Reactor Chemistry section there will, on occasion, be a requirement to work at the Laboratory which is predominately Monday to Friday.

The successful candidate may need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements. This may require you to hold or be eligible/capable of achieving ‘Security Check’ (SC) clearance.

Babcock offers a supportive environment including: enhanced employment terms and conditions, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, Occupational Health services, flexible working hours (only non-industrials), career opportunities and specialist advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams.


About Babcock International and Devonport
For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.

You will be based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth, Devon. Working at Devonport puts the best of the South West at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such a desirable place to live and work.


Application Guidance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are ensuring that our recruitment processes are regularly reviewed and adapted, as required, to ensure we’re compliant with the latest government advice.

Babcock are continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.

All applications should be made online.  Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job.  Once you’ve completed this you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices. If you experience difficulties please visit our careers page.

It is unlikely that shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview in the first instance. Interviews will be held by phone, or you may be asked to complete an online interview. You will have advance notice should we wish to arrange an interview with you and more information will be provided regarding the format by the recruitment team.

This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.


Armed Forces Covenant
We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please visit our website.


Closing date: 14 July 2020



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