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Sellafield Ltd
Sellafield Cumbria
Closing date
1 Nov 2021
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Who we are looking for:

At Sellafield Ltd, innovation is in our DNA. It’s the platform for our rich and vibrant future. Building on the unique heritage in nuclear power production, we’re now striding into a pioneering new era. One where we’ll transform the environment, local society, the regional economy and the global nuclear industry. And that is where you come in.

We are currently looking to recruit Several Laboratory Analysts to work in our Analytical Services team. Sellafield Ltd Analytical Services facility was established in 1952 to provide an essential on-site capability for the chemical analysis of highly radioactive and toxic materials. It is one of the oldest buildings on site and houses over 90 separate laboratories. We analyse around 100,000 samples annually on a variety of radioactive sample types in different chemical forms including effluents, Plutonium products and complex wastes. Analysis is undertaken using a variety of specialised instruments on benches, in fume hoods and gloveboxes, or in highly active cells, dependent on the activity and type of material being analysed. The Analytical Services facility is considered essential to support operations, waste processing and hazard/risk reduction activities across the site.

About the role:

Your day-to-day duties will include but not limited to carrying out a range of analytical techniques on samples across the Sellafield site from simple wet chemical techniques to complex instrumentation including spectroscopy, chromatography and radiometric techniques. All training will be provided in both controlled area working and standard laboratory operations.

Hear from one of the team:

Liam, Laboratory Analyst at Sellafield Ltd:

What advice would you give to somebody considering this role as a career?

Whilst also being a brilliant career that many people in this building have worked in for 40+ years utilising their science and maths skills, working as an analyst can be the perfect starting point for somebody who is aspirational and seeks personal development, and with the right levels of application are able to rise within the company.

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Essential Skills

• Qualified to HNC/HND level, or equivalent, in Chemistry or a science related subject.
• Ability to work both as part of a team and individually.
• Good IT skills.
• Ability to work well under pressure and to be able to meet tight deadlines.
• Ability to work within a controlled area.
• Previous experience in a laboratory environment.
• Hold or have the ability to gain SC clearance.

Desirable Skills

• Qualified to degree level, or equivalent, in Chemistry or a science related subject
• Problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
• Previous experience working in radiologically controlled environments.
• Knowledge and experience of quality management systems.
• Membership of relevant professional body.

Pay & Benefits

Closing Date: 1/11/21
Salary: £30,107
Location: Sellafield, West Cumbria

In promoting equal opportunities, Sellafield Ltd welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. We want talented people from all backgrounds to choose to join our diverse teams, we’ll support your work life balance with flexible and agile working options for full time and part time applicants.
You are advised to regularly check your emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) for correspondence related to this post, including assessment or interview invitations and any other type of correspondence relating to your application.
In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, Sellafield Ltd reserves the right to close the advert early. As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential skills for the vacancy. You will be able to declare a disability when completing our application form. For further details on the scheme please contact GBS Recruitment directly.


From cleaning-up the country’s highest nuclear risks and hazards to safeguarding nuclear fuel, materials and waste, our mission is nationally important.

Our purpose is to keep Sellafield safe and secure, cleaning-up the site to a defined end state.

Sellafield Ltd is a global centre for nuclear engineering management. We pioneered the harnessing of nuclear power to generate electricity for the country. Now the world is watching as we set international standards in high-hazard reduction. In short, we’re at the forefront of the industry.

There’s a lot riding on our work, so we need the very best people to join us. You don’t necessarily need to have nuclear experience. But what is vital is that you’re an ambitious personality excited by the prospect of working at the limits of engineering.

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