Why Join Us?

This is where extraordinary people do extraordinary work. And you could be one of them. Discover what NNL has to offer and see what you could achieve as part of our team.

Here are six reasons to come and achieve great things with us.

Become a force for good

This is more than a job. It’s your opportunity to change society and the world for the better. Whether you’re working in a lab, an office or from home, you’ll play your part in projects that will affect the lives of millions for generations to come. We’re helping to address climate change. We’re restoring the environment. We’re keeping complex materials out of harm’s way. And we’re developing cutting-edge medical treatments. If you want to use your skills to help people and the planet, this is where you belong.

Do incredible science

We do things that others can only imagine. While academics run simulations and industry experts run plants, we’re running live experiments with radioactive materials to uncover data that’s often never been seen before. This means that you can get up close and personal with a huge variety of amazing projects ranging from space exploration and reactor technology to robotics and submarine propulsion. Whatever your speciality, you’ll face new challenges every day working at the forefront of your field.

Do work with real-world impact

We’ll give you the chance to see more projects through to completion. This means that you get to take ownership of your work, see your ideas come to life and take pride in the positive results of your hard work. As our business bridges the gap between industry and academia, we’re able to find answers and solve problems faster than our larger industry counterparts. This gives us the agility to develop solutions the world needs right now – which means your advice, experience and expertise is often put straight into practise in real life situations.

We care about our people

We’ve got all kinds of people doing all kinds of roles. This allows a level of flexibility around when, where and how you work that might surprise you. We genuinely recognise the importance of your wellbeing. We take people welfare and safety very seriously because we need you to be at your best when you’re working on important, safety critical and highly specialised projects. As part of our team, you’ll have lots of people counting on you, so we promise that you can count on us too. This means that if you don’t need to be on site or in a lab, you can work wherever’s best for you. And if you do need to be here in person, we’ll do everything we can to make you feel safe, supported and inspired.

We believe in fairness and equality

This is a place where everyone is valued, respected and welcomed. Our ongoing commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) means we’re creating an inclusive workplace, built upon equal policies, procedures and transparency, where everyone’s free to be themselves and feel like they belong. From early careers to executive level, we look beyond barriers to find the people for the job.

This is your moment

There may never have been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. The growing need for carbon-neutral energy is driving a shift away from traditional fuels like oil and gas and towards nuclear energy. This means new investment, new projects, new challenges, new opportunities and new demand for talented people like you. When you combine this with the long-term nature of nuclear energy, our relationship with the government and our exciting growth potential, you can really see why this is a great place to build a long, secure and successful career. We’ve got the time, the facilities and the drive to help you grow and be the best you can be.


  • Our Graduate Scheme develops the next generation of technical experts, who can play their part in finding solutions to the world’s biggest energy challenges
  • Over 10,000 person years of nuclear industry experience across the whole fuel lifecycle
  • 6 locations across the UK including high active laboratories

Your Future. Your Benefits.

Our people are the energy behind our business and the nuclear future of the UK. So needless to say, we'll value your contribution incredibly highly. To show you our appreciation, we offer a wide range of benefits including:

  • A permanent contract of employment 
  • A starting salary of £33,500
  • A dedicated Early Careers team to support your development and progress 
  • The support of a strong and vibrant early careers community 
  • Support towards professional status, institute membership and Nuclear Institute membership
  • 25.5 days' holiday per year on starting, which increases to 32.5 days with service, plus an additional 4 days holidays over the Christmas and New Year period and 8 public holidays 
  • A generous bonus scheme linked to company business performance
  • A defined contribution pension scheme which you'll automatically become eligible to join
  • Life assurance which provides a payment for your family, added to benefits payable under the Company Pension Scheme
  • Access to independent counselling and advice covering personal problems including family, domestic, social, financial, ill health and bereavement
  • Access to childcare voucher scheme 
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