Materials and Corrosion Specialist

  • Location

    Workington, Cumbria

  • Sector:

    Scientific and Pharmaceutical

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  • Salary:

    Up to £33.00 per hour

  • Contact:

    Lorraine Ryan

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  • Published:

    10 months ago

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We have an opening for a MATERIALS AND CORROSION SPECIALIST with our Client, based in the Materials and Corrosion Group FR&R Capability of their laboratory in Workington, Cumbria.

This group carry out a variety of materials and corrosion assessments, including cutting edge research, primarily in support of Sellafield Ltd plant customers but also for other customers around the nuclear industry.

There is a requirement within this team to provide operators of the experimental corrosion rigs at Workington Laboratory and general materials support. There are a number of experimental programmes planned and further work is envisaged as these develop and results are analysed and reported.


Working flexibly and providing technical support as part of a team of materials and corrosion scientists in finding resolutions to complex problems in relation to customer plant operations and R&D requirements.

Safe and successful leading of experimental programmes in delivering a combination of plant support testing and more complex experimental programmes, primarily on a rig scale.

Work closely with the technical leads to develop and implement a technical strategy for the materials and corrosion group.

Development and maintenance of strong customer delivery links with a focus on the identification and progression of new opportunities to win future work.

Interface with customers, project managers, contractors and technical staff from other teams working on related programmes of work.

Continuous development of less experienced staff including day to day technical support, identification of appropriate training opportunities and enhancement of expertise in metallurgy/materials and corrosion.

Ad-hoc problem solving to resolve day to day technical challenges that emerge.

Interfacing with Company Infrastructure and Assurance staff, ensuring that all required safety documents and associated approvals are in place and providing troubleshooting support when required.


A degree in a (metallurgy/materials/corrosion) relevant Science or Engineering based discipline and/or relevant level of experience.

A proven ability to provide technical and safety related leadership while successfully delivering complex experimental projects.

Demonstration of a positive attitude to safety, security and other EHSS&Q requirements.

A pro-active and flexible approach to customer support and project delivery in making sure that requirements and expectations are met or exceeded.

Experience in practical/experimental leadership role, including working alongside stakeholders in discussing the requirements of rig or lab based work and ensuring that procedures are met to allow work to proceed.

A track record of applying academically acquired knowledge in practical applications.

An ability to mentor and develop less experienced technical staff.

Proven experience of writing high quality technical proposals and related reports based on experimental results/data.


A PhD in a relevant (metallurgy/materials) Science or Engineering based discipline.
A Chartered Scientist or Engineer in a relevant discipline.
A good understanding of the business, its role in the nuclear industry and the challenges it is likely to face in the future.
Some existing knowledge of Sellafield reprocessing, waste treatment and decommissioning operations.
Evidence of using innovative means to solve practical problems, in an experimental context and/or in solving more complex challenges.