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nucleargraduates 2022 - Physics

Oxfordshire. Multiple vacancies.

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nucleargraduates is on a mission to create a diverse pipeline of future talent for the nuclear industry.

Whether your passion lies within science, engineering or business, the nucleargraduates programme will ensure that during your two years with us, you will gain an invaluable insight into the nuclear sector, taking on challenges and having the opportunity to make a real difference. 

Upon completion of the two-year programme you will take up a substantive role within your sponsoring organisation. The sponsoring organisation for this opportunity is the Environment Agency.

The nucleargraduates Experience

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The Sponsoring Organisation

Established in 1996, the aim of the Environment Agency is to protect and improve the environment.

Within England, the Environment Agency is responsible for:

  • Regulating major industry and waste
  • Treatment of contaminated land
  • Water quality and resources
  • Fisheries
  • Inland river, estuary and harbour navigations
  • Conservation and ecology
  • Managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea

The priorities of the Environment Agency are to:

  • Work with businesses and other organisations to manage the use of resources
  • Increase the resilience of people, property and businesses to the risks of flooding and coastal erosion
  • Protect and improve water, land and biodiversity
  • Improve the way they work as a regulator to protect people and the environment and support sustainable growth

The Environment Agency offers developmental opportunities to help graduates achieve their potential through on-the-job, structured learning and industry secondments. In addition, they encourage development through professional qualification routes too.

From cleaning-up the country’s highest nuclear risks and hazards to safeguarding nuclear fuel, materials and waste, the Sellafield Ltd mission is nationally important. Their purpose is to keep Sellafield safe and secure, cleaning-up the site to a defined end state.

Sellafield Ltd work in value streams, focusing on what they are really here to do, and prioritising what they do and how they do it to maximise value. They currently have four value streams:

  • Retrievals
  • Remediation
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel Management
  • Special Nuclear Materials

Operating the Sellafield site also includes:

  • Nuclear Waste Management
  • Infrastructure

The Role of a Physicist

As a physicist on the nucleargraduates programme you can expect to find yourself:

  • Supporting with the regulation of nuclear sites - from design and construction, to operation and finally through to decommissioning
  • Monitoring the management and disposal of radioactive waste
  • Working on the processing of nuclear waste or working with radioactive materials
  • Contributing to the collation of information and advice to support decision making
  • Providing technical support to plant operations
  • Conducting data analysis and generating reports
  • Working closely with internal and external stakeholders such as the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, regulators and local stakeholders

nucleargraduates is a vibrant, industry led graduate development programme featuring:

  • Opportunities to collaborate with leading experts across a diverse industry on projects that have real impact
  • Three secondments across the nuclear sector (with the possibility of an international secondment) providing opportunities to explore a range of careers across the industry
  • Technical knowledge and professional development opportunities structured against the requirements of the relevant institutes or professional bodies
  • A corporate social responsibility programme which will include sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with the next generation of industry professionals
  • Behavioural skills development opportunities

Minimum Eligibility Requirement  

  • A minimum of a 2:2 in Physics or a related degree subject, achieved within the last 5 years
  • Have the full right to work in the UK (please note we are unable to sponsor visas or accept those with a Graduate visa as candidates will be unable complete the full duration of the programme)

The nucleargraduates programme gives you:

  • A dedicated team of experts to support your development and progress throughout your programme
  • A sponsor company lead to provide you with day-to-day support during your programmes and with your secondments
  • Access to the alumni graduate community enabling you to learn from other experiences and community of practice. A dedicated mentor, assigned to you upon starting the programme who will stay with you throughout your nucleargraduates journey
  • Opportunities to develop entrepreneurial skills
  • Allocated budgets to assist you with training, resources, and conferences as well as travel & subsistence
  • A competitive graduate starting salary
  • 25 days' annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • 6 discretionary days' leave for study and relocation
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Wellbeing and support services

And in return you will give the nucleargraduates programme:

  • Your enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to inspire the generation and contribute to the future of our industry
  • Creativity and collaboration
  • Drive and determination
  • Flexibility
  • Willingness to get involved and try new things
  • Resilience – we don’t expect you to be an expert from day one
  • Integrity, being impartial, ethical and safe in everything you do
  • Positivity and commitment to the mission, purpose and values of the nuclear sector
  • Respect for others
  • Efficiency

Start date: September/October 2022

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Opportunity Overview

  • December 8th, 2021
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Oxfordshire
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Nuclear
  • Physics

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