Physics Industrial Placement Scheme
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Physics Industrial Placement Scheme

Sellafield Ltd
Competitive salary
Time left to apply
13 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

Real rewards, real careers - join our “smart community” of graduates and students.

Our Industrial Placement Scheme
Where better to get your first substantive work experience than in a world leading organisation? Doing incredibly complex, high-profile work that will launch your career in a unique direction.

Our 12-month industrial placement scheme is ideal for students looking to complete a placement during their time at university. The Scheme is designed to provide you with a flavour of what it is like to work at Sellafield Ltd and although you are only with us for a year, we can assure you that you will still feel you have made a difference.

As part of the Industrial Placement Scheme you will get the chance to take part in activities that will allow you develop your skills in line with our Graduate Scheme and also allow you to obtain valuable employability skills and experience.

Where do I fit into the Industrial Placement Scheme?

Physics students will be based within our Technical profession: the Technical Profession consists of 500 science, technology, engineering and maths specialists, who mainly have degrees in chemistry, physics, maths, materials science and chemical engineering disciplines. They work in multi-disciplined teams spread right across the company, but mostly based on the Sellafield site in Cumbria. They focus on solving short (few days), medium (one-two years) and long term (five-10 years) technology challenges.

Company information

Sellafield led the development of the UK’s nuclear industry, from the production of plutonium for the country’s nuclear deterrent programme through to the development of nuclear power generation. Today we are faced with the challenge of cleaning up the legacy of the site’s early operations, including some of the most hazardous nuclear facilities in Europe.

Each chapter of Sellafield’s history delivered great benefit for the country while creating a complex nuclear clean-up challenge for which there are no blueprints. Decommissioning the site will take us more than 100 years and there is much still that we don’t know. Every day we are building greater certainty and we will be the generation that makes demonstrable progress in cleaning up Sellafield.

Covering six square kilometres, the site in West Cumbria is home to more than 200 nuclear facilities and the largest inventory of untreated nuclear waste in the world. We employ approximately 11,000 people who, along with our supply chain partners, are tackling Sellafield’s current diverse portfolio of decommissioning, reprocessing, spent fuel management, nuclear waste management and nuclear material management.

As a company we are also facing challenges; preparing for the end of reprocessing and delivering our mission as efficiently as possible while providing value for money for the public funding we receive.

Person requirements

Qualifications and experience requirements

  • We are looking for ambitious physics students who are on course for at least a 2:1 in their chosen degree discipline.
  • Our placements are directly linked with our Graduate Scheme; preference is therefore given to those in their penultimate year of study.

Accepted degree subjects



Competitive salary

and a support network that will aid your growth



How to apply

  • Online application form – Apply via the Apply button - we recommend applying at your earliest convenience.
  • Aptitude test - you will complete an online aptitude if your application is successfully shortlisted.
  • Telephone interview – telephone interviews will commence in Feb 2018.
  • Interview – face to face Interviews will commence in Feb/March 2018.
  • Start date – The anticipated start date for the 2018 placement scheme is late June 2018.

Additional Information
In promoting equal opportunities, Sellafield Ltd. welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
Recruitment for this campaign is on-going so therefore you are advised to regularly check your emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) for correspondence relating to this post, this could include assessment or interview invitations and any other type of correspondence relating to your application.

In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, Sellafield Ltd. reserves the right to close the vacancy early.

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 06/03/2018

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