• Title
    Radwaste Disposal Consultant
    Requisition ID
    Work Location
    Department / Discipline
    Position Type
    Staff / Permanent
  • Overview / Responsibilities



    Wood Nuclear is recruiting for a Radioactive Waste Disposal Consultant to be based at our offices in Harwell, Oxfordshire.


    The international consensus is that higher active radioactive waste should be disposed of in a geological disposal facility (GDF), an engineered facility located deep underground. In the UK this will result in one of the largest, most exciting and important engineering and scientific projects in the 21st century.


    Wood is a leading supplier of scientific consultancy and engineering services to the UK and overseas radioactive waste management organisations. We are looking to recruit a highly motivated candidate to be a Consultant, to work on a diverse range of projects.  The successful applicant will be expected to work at our office at Harwell in Oxfordshire and will be part of a multi-disciplinary team (including geologists, chemists, physicists and mathematicians) to deliver a range of projects on behalf of customers such as RWM Ltd, NDA, LLWR Ltd, Magnox Ltd, Sellafield Ltd, as well as a number of other international waste management organisations. 


    The team at Harwell has led the field of research and assessment work related to the safe disposal of radioactive waste, for over 30 years. The team has a wide breath of both national and internationally respected expertise to provide consultancy, modelling and laboratory studies to underpin the science, technology and engineering to allow the safe disposal of radioactive waste.


    Key Responsibilities


    You will be involved in delivering a diverse range of desk-based consultancy projects undertaken for our customers in the UK and overseas. The successful candidates will be involved in radioactive waste management consultancy projects. These typically could include:


    • Working as part of a team to deliver a range of desk-based research projects. Our work on supporting the understanding of chemical aspects of radioactive waste disposal is wide ranging, from the development of understanding of the behaviour of radionuclides in the repository and surrounding rocks/groundwater (including using geochemical models) to building understanding of the performance and long-term evolution of engineered barrier materials (cements, bentonite) and waste-forms.
    • Support to desk-based waste disposability assessments. All waste producers have to demonstrate that the wastes they are producing will be suitably conditioned, encapsulated and packaged for disposal in a future UK Geological Disposal Facility. The successful candidate will be expected to provide input to these desk-based assessments 
    • Decommissioning and option studies, related financial and strategic planning in support of geological disposal
    • Assessing the environmental impact of nuclear stores and repositories
    • Undertaking work to understand the behaviour and impact of radionuclides in the environment 
    • Assessment of radioactive discharges from nuclear facilities
    • Production of concise and well-written technical reports and presentation of results to customers
    • Preparation of proposals



    Skills / Qualifications

    • A first degree in chemistry or equivalent discipline
    • A PhD in chemistry or relevant environmental science
    • Technically able and innovative
    • Excellent written and verbal communication
    • Flexible and keen to develop your technical and management skills
    • Able to work on a number of varied projects at the same time, prioritising as appropriate
    • Able to work in multi-disciplinary teams
    • We will need to be able to obtain appropriate security clearance

    Company Overview

    Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $10 billion.  We provide performance driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear and general industrial sectors. We strive to be the best technical services company to work with, work for and invest in.


    Diversity Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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