National Nuclear Laboratory

Post Doctorate Vacancies

Our 2024 Post Doc vacancies are now open for applications. The closing date for applications is the 10th March 2024. You will find information about each of the roles, and links to apply below.

NNL recognises that academia and industry are very different environments, so our Postdoctoral Development Scheme is structured to support this transition as you take your first steps towards becoming a Subject Matter Expert.

The two-year scheme provides the opportunity for you to develop your technical knowledge and skills whilst providing an insight into NNL’s strategy and direction. You will also receive an overview of how the company operates and delivers its projects.

Reactor Chemistry Modeller

NNL is looking for an individual to join the Reactor Chemistry and Corrosion team based in Culham, Oxfordshire. The team deliver commercial research and development to help solve a wide range of chemistry and corrosion-based challenges in the nuclear industry and has a long history of successful delivery of work programmes to an exceptional standard. You will be involved in investigating, analysing and resolving a range of technical questions relating to operational reactors (worldwide) and the UK’s new build programme including SMR and AMR technologies.

In this role you will develop reactor chemistry models using commercial software and bespoke coding. You will implement chemical and physical processes covering topic areas such as water and gas chemistry, radiation chemistry, as well as activity and corrosion product transport based on state-of-the-art understanding of these systems. You will also advance the frontiers of nuclear science through NNL’s ambitious Science and Technology programme and develop your publication track record, becoming one of the international experts in your field in the future.

To join the NNL Post Doctorate programme you will have a PhD in Chemistry and experience in the modelling of physical and/or chemical systems with an understanding of applied mathematics.

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Reactor Physicist

The Nuclear & Reactor Physics team are looking for a reactor physicist, or scientist, with a particular interest in supporting applied reactor physics projects, undertaking neutronics modelling and working on nuclear new build, including Advanced Nuclear Technologies (ANT), Small Modular Reactors (SMR) and Advanced Modular Reactors (AMR).

The role provides the opportunity to develop a well-rounded understanding of reactor technology from design to licensing and operability, combined with an understanding of techniques that are used to design and investigate such properties. The combination of these areas supports the development of programmes to assure the safe operation of current and future reactors.

To join the NNL Post Doctorate programme you will have a PhD in one of the following areas, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Energy or AI / Computer Science. A PhD in Reactor Physics, Nuclear Engineering would be advantageous.

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Irradiated Fuel Scientist

NNL is looking for an individual to join the Irradiated Fuels Team. This role provides you with the opportunity to become a subject matter expert on irradiated nuclear fuel. Working closely with members of this team, you will develop an understanding of the performance of irradiated fuel in conditions that include in-reactor, post discharge and final disposal.

You will deliver to programmes of work related to both current reactor operations in the UK, and future requirements that directly support the UK’s work towards net zero.

To join the NNL Post Doctorate programme you will have a PhD in Physics Sciences (including Mathematics where there is a strong physics background), Nuclear Engineering or Materials Science.

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Scientist – Radiochemistry

The Radiochemistry team are looking for a Physical Scientist, with experience in chemistry or materials science, or a related discipline, to support the exciting programmes of work which are on the horizon.

You will join a team who have unique expertise, providing the key skills required to support the UK’s future nuclear programmes as well as playing an important role in several European collaborations and supporting customers such as the European Space Agency

To join the NNL Post Doctorate programme you will have a PhD in Actinide Chemistry, Solvent Extraction or Nuclear Fuel Manufacture, Characterisation or Reprocessing.

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Environmental Scientist

The Environmental Science team, within the Waste and Environmental Technology Capability are looking for an Environmental Scientist to join them to provide technical support to this growing area. You will work closely with Technical Leads and interact with a range of internal and external customers and collaborators.

The role will provide you with the opportunity to work closely with leading experts within NNL and contribute to a wide range of key waste management programmes as well as wider environmental remediation activities both in the UK and internationally.

To join the NNL Post Doctorate programme you will have a PhD in a relevant STEM subject, for example, chemistry, geochemistry or environmental science. A proven ability to work in a radiation controlled and/or contaminated site environment would be advantageous.

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Chemist

NNL are looking for an experienced laboratory chemist to join the Effluent, Environmental and Decontamination Chemistry team. The team carries out Research and Development and provides operational plant support services, covering decommissioning and decontamination.

You will participate in delivering a range of national and international experimental projects supporting these areas, with a specific focus on the development of innovative characterisation and decontamination technology and ideas that can be deployed within radioactive environments.

To join the NNL Post Doctorate programme you will have a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science or a related field, will have a proven ability to work in a laboratory environment.

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Corrosion Engineer

NNL is looking for a Post Doctorate with a scientific background in chemistry and corrosion studies to join the Reactor Chemistry and Corrosion team based in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. The team deliver commercial research and development to help solve a wide range of chemistry and corrosion-based challenges in the nuclear industry. The group supports strategic programmes across the industry, as well as providing advice on strategic UK issues. Much of the work directly supports plant operation, lifetime extension and new build programmes.

You will undertake laboratory-based work at NNL laboratory space at the University of Bristol on a range of civil and defence nuclear materials projects. You will work as part of a team solving materials challenges not only for different reactor types, but also for different stages of the nuclear life cycle. There will also be an emphasis on high temperature, high pressure water corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking, alongside corrosion experiments using high temperature gas.

To join the NNL Post Doctorate programme you will have a PhD in Chemistry, Corrosion, Materials Science or another relevant science.

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