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Date: 11-Jan-2022

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria, GB, CA20 1PG

Company: Babcock


Sellafield, Cumbria

Cavendish Nuclear



About the role


Cavendish Nuclear is seeking a Physicist to join our world-class team on the Sellafield site in Cumbria, England. The role presents exciting opportunities to work on major, complex decommissioning programmes through the development and application of advanced techniques and equipment. As a leading supplier within the UK nuclear industry and a growing global force, Cavendish Nuclear can offer a career that is challenging, rewarding and varied.


You will become part of a team with unrivalled expertise in Radiometric Characterisation and Nuclear Material Assay that is focussed on providing innovative solutions for our customers across the full nuclear lifecycle. We achieve this through novel application of a wide range of technologies such as Gamma Imaging; High, Medium and Low Resolution Gamma Spectrometry; and Fast and Thermal Neutron Counting.


The successful candidate will fit into our dynamic team by bringing their own relevant knowledge and experience whilst being committed to continuous technical and personal development. They will also embrace opportunities to develop customer relationships, collaborate with partners and deliver our services locally in Cumbria and further afield throughout the UK and internationally.


A personal development plan will be provided which will be underpinned by expert mentorship across a diverse range of projects to accelerate your learning, knowledge and experience.


You will be given the opportunity to take part in all aspects of the project lifecycle from requirement development, design, build, commissioning, deployment, expert review and reporting. Over time you will take the lead on projects within your areas of expertise. Your work will provide significant evidence to support and maintain Professional Chartership.


Sellafield is the largest nuclear site in Europe with a complex array of facilities associated with the UK’s nuclear legacy. If you are motivated to solve problems that will help to progress the UK’s decommissioning programme safely and effectively then the Physicist role could be your opportunity to embark on a highly rewarding career in which you will transform some of biggest technical challenges into some the best solutions.


Role requirements


We are looking for someone with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and some radiometric or nuclear industry experience OR; a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a PhD in a radiometric or nuclear related subject.


Radiometric experience is highly desirable.


What else do I need to know?


Regular attendance at the Sellafield Site will be required for tasks such as; development of instrumentation, calibration and maintenance of our specialist equipment, the deployment of such equipment onto site and face-to-face meetings with customers. With this in mind, living close to site is advantageous; however, we do offer flexible working from home when site attendance is not required.


The role is a full time permanent position comprising of a 37-hour working week with flexible start and finish time. The successful candidate is expected to travel to other sites occasionally on request and must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for the role.


About Cavendish Nuclear


Cavendish Nuclear brings together much of the UK’s rich nuclear heritage to create one of the largest specialist nuclear services organisations, at home and abroad. Our heritage dates back to the earliest days of nuclear research and development.


Cavendish Nuclear has over 40 years’ experience as a nuclear site-licence holder, we are strategic partners to EDF Energy on the lifetime extensions of their fleet and work with Hitachi to deliver a new fleet of nuclear power plants. Our expertise in the design and build of waste treatment facilities, together with our experience of waste management and fuel-handling, makes us a key supplier at Sellafield and other NDA sites.


With a highly-skilled workforce circa 5,000 we are located at offices and sites in the UK as well as internationally and are trusted to deliver the highest standards of safety, quality, security and environmental protection for our customers.


We believe that this is strategically imperative to ensure the long term success of the nuclear sector in the UK and will greatly enhance our ability to export the broader UK nuclear industry capability.


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