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Analytical Chemist

Sellafield Ltd
Seascale, West Cumbria
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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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 and reprocessing, 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.

To thrive in the role, you will need:

• 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.

You may also have:

• 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.

Additional Information:

Salary: £36,234

Location: Sellafield, West Cumbria

How to apply:

To apply, please click on the apply button.


Closing date: 18 June 2023.

In promoting equal opportunities, Sellafield Ltd welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. 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.

We are committed to creating an environment in which people grow, develop and perform at their best. To learn more about our manifesto, rewards and benefits, learning and development opportunities please visit:

The Sellafield site has been here since 1942. We’re proud of our history and heritage and, most importantly, the role we play in our two communities – Cumbria and Cheshire. The professional challenges are just part of what makes working for Sellafield Ltd so satisfying. In West Cumbria, we have beaches on one side and the breath-taking beauty of the Lake District on the other – it’s all sea, valleys and mountains.


Work for Sellafield Ltd and what you achieve today will resonate long into the future. You’ll be part of a team of experienced professionals all dedicated to maintaining safety on site and creating a permanently secure, environmentally sound space for tomorrow.

Tomorrow-defining work

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.

Britain’s smartest sites

We have the site at Sellafield (West Cumbria) and our office at Risley (near Warrington). Together, these are home to the greatest concentration of PhDs in the UK. Join us and you’ll work shoulder-to-shoulder with industry-leading – sometimes world-leading – experts. There are generations and generations of knowledge here and people are only too willing to share it. Our culture of continuous improvement is underpinned by commitment to professional and personal development few can match.

Projects on an epic scale

The Sellafield site is one of the biggest construction sites in the UK. Our challenges are almost always industry firsts. Hazard reduction is incredibly demanding technically, calling for vision, imagination and expertise. The complexity of each project is unmatched anywhere else in the nuclear sector.

Our relentless pursuit of excellence is reflected in our health, safety, security, resilience and environmental performance standards as well as the quality of the products and services we deliver to our customers. One in five of our employees have a specific safety role – helping to ensure that our safety performance is world-class across our operations and sites.


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