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Tritium Analysis Laboratory Lead Analyst

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Tritium Analysis Laboratory Lead Analyst

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Permanent Full Time

Culham, Oxfordshire

£25,046 to £28,461 pa dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date:
29th May 2018


Are you an experienced Laboratory Analyst with a strong science background and the desire to lead others?

Do you have experience in method development or validation?

The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy for tomorrow`s power stations.

Waste Management Group (WMG), based at Culham, within the UK Atomic Energy Authority (The Authority), provide full waste management services to the Culham site including collection, processing and disposal of radioactive, hazardous and controlled waste generated as part of the JET Fusion experiment.

To enable radioactive waste disposal from Culham suitable characterisation must be completed, this includes the determination of tritium content. To enable release of tritium from wastes into a form suitable for Liquid Scintillation Counting UKAEA operate an Analysis Laboratory currently including a Pyrolyser and Hyperbaric Oxidiser.
The purpose of this role is to be the Lead Analyst in the Tritium Analysis Laboratory (TAL).

To assist in the commissioning and operation of a new equipment in a laboratory undertaking routine analysis of contaminated wastes in support of CCFE programs for waste characterisation and disposal. Duties will include:

-Responsible for ensuring the TAL is run safely and efficiently
-Setting excellent work standards and organising the duties of others
-Preparation of radioactive and chemically contaminated samples
-Maintenance and use of analytical pyrolysis equipment
-Validation, maintenance and use of Hyperbaric Oxidiser equipment
-Method development and validation
-Preparation and upkeep of laboratory QA systems
-Use of general laboratory equipment (balances, reagents, pipettes etc)
-Training and Supervision of new and existing operatives/analysts
-Checking and reporting of results to customers
-PC-based data processing of results
-Progress UKAS accreditation of Tritium Analysis Laboratory
-Assisting Waste Management Group operations in other areas as required
-Development and implementation of operative competency management programme for the Laboratory

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience

-Education to HNC/HTEC level in a science discipline
-A proven ability to operate and maintain analytical equipment is essential
-Experience in method development or validation is highly desirable
-Experience using standard Microsoft Office products.

-A degree in a science discipline
-Supervisory experience
-Experience working to UKAS or other analytical standards.

Special requirements:
Selection Method(s):
-As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.


-Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

-The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role, please discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.

-Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews

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