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Graduate Scheme 2023 - Science and Engineering


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There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career. 

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

We are NNL

Our people explain what it's like to work at the National Nuclear Laboratory.

We are developing the next generation of technical experts. Not only will you receive the opportunity to work on challenging and exciting projects, but you’ll continually learn from skilled and knowledgeable industry experts who are leaders in their field. We will help you become everything you can be, by challenging, stretching, and pushing you to your limits while supporting you every step of the way.

To join the NNL graduate programme you will have graduated, or be on course to graduate, with a 2:1 or higher in a relevant STEM subject.

You will have the right to work in the UK, have lived in the UK for at least 5 years and be able to achieve SC level security clearance. 

You will be naturally curious with the drive and determination to discover more – about yourself and our business.

Forward-thinking, proactive and positive, you will bring your own energy to the team and you’ll have an enquiring mind that helps us to discover solutions to the world’s biggest energy issues.

You will have excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills.

The roles are based at our following sites - Our flagship Central Laboratory on the Sellafield site in Cumbria, the Workington Laboratory in Cumbria, Preston Laboratory in Lancashire or one of our research sites in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire or Culham, Oxfordshire.

Main Responsibilities

As a member of the Graduate programme, you will develop towards taking a lead role in our research and development projects with the support of our experienced early careers team, your line manager, mentor, colleagues, and fellow graduates. 

You will acquire a depth of knowledge and specific technical skills in a particular area of our business. You will experience the full life cycle of our projects; from liaising with customers to understand their needs, planning work and developing new methods and processes, to documenting your work effectively in technical reports.  

Our graduates support us in many areas of the business from business development to product innovation, project delivery and environment, health, safety, security & quality.

Typical roles include Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Material Scientist, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Physicist, Process Modeller & Software Developer. 

Our Graduate scheme and dedicated early careers team will support you whilst you work in our technical teams. 

Your programme starts with a tailored, induction programme to welcome you into the business and to get to know your graduate cohort. The Induction will help you understand the breadth of what NNL does and to provide an overview of your development programme and our expectations.

You will then embark on your two-year graduate scheme undertaking a programme of activities designed to help you develop your understanding of the nuclear industry and grow as an individual, these include;

  • Understanding NNL, the nuclear sector and nuclear professionalism
  • The application of professional knowledge and skill
  • Personal development and understanding your own personal brand
  • Collaboration and team working
  • Understanding our customer and making effective decisions
  • You will complete your programme with a focussed training centre to support your seamless transition off the scheme to continue your career with NNL.

As part of the selection process for the graduate programme you should expect to complete online cognitive ability assessments. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre which will assess technical and behavioural competencies. Assessment Centres for this role will be held late January / early February 2023. 

You will start your graduate programme on the 4th September 2023. 

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 final salary 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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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: December 4th, 2022
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £33,500 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Cumbria, Preston (Lancashire), Stonehouse (Gloucestershire) and Culham (Oxfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Software

Also Accepting...

  • Most STEM disciplines

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