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Jacobs Cement and Geopolymers Lead Consultant in Didcot, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40+ countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity:

We are currently recruiting for a Cement and Geopolymers Lead Consultant you will be based in our Warrington offices (we are happy to discuss hybrid working arrangements), and will focus on providing technical and scientific expertise to support our clients in a variety of challenges associated with the assessment and testing of materials for the immobilisation and disposal of radioactive wastes, focusing on cements and geopolymers. Key materials of interest include immobilisation matrices and engineered barrier materials for the immobilisation and disposal of low and intermediate level waste (L-ILW). More broadly, the successful candidate will support our consultancy business in the areas of decommissioning and radioactive waste management. The post offers the opportunity to apply your skills to solving real world problems in a customer-focused environment. The vacancy provides an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop their careers in a technically challenging and commercially focussed business.

You will work on a range of experimental and desk-based consultancy projects for owners and prospective owners of radioactive wastes, both in the UK and overseas. Our established client portfolio includes government organisations in the UK and abroad, including NDA, NWS, Sellafield Ltd, Magnox, SKB, Nagra and ONDRAF-NIRAS.

Duties include:

  • Deploying desk-based and lab/analytical capabilities to study and/or solve a variety of materials science and chemistry problems in the field of radioactive waste immobilisation and disposal, focusing on cements and geopolymers. The work includes the definition and design of test programmes and associated data analysis and interpretation, as well as the provision of desk-based scientific consultancy services in relevant technical areas.

  • Routine access to our laboratory facilities based at Warrington to oversee the setup and execution of key experiments/tests.

  • Demonstrating and promoting the highest levels of health and safety in all aspects of the role.

  • Leading the production of high-quality technical reports, as main author and/or coordinating other technical resources.

  • Reviewing and assimilating data/information and technical reports produced by other members of the team.

  • Leading successful interactions with clients, including presentation of key results and their interpretation in the context of client needs.

  • Leading business development activities (including competitive bidding) in relevant technical areas.

  • Carrying out project management and project control activities.

  • Taking ownership of agreed work areas, and delivering work to agreed timescales, quality and cost.

Jacobs is committed to the continuing professional development of our staff. You will have excellent opportunities to progress by furthering your technical, project management, and commercial capabilities and broadening into the wider interests of our company.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • A degree in a science or engineering discipline OR equivalent training/experience.

  • A PhD in a Materials Science or Chemistry, OR equivalent working experience.

  • Outstanding desk-based analytical skills with focus on materials science or chemistry, ideally in the field of cement and/or geopolymers.

  • Strong track record of deploying technical/scientific skills for a variety of technical challenges across different material science or chemistry problems.

  • Numerate with excellent technical writing skills, demonstrated by recent publication of technical work in industry reports and/or scientific literature.

  • Flexible, innovative, and keen to develop and take ownership of client portfolio

  • Adaptable, able to work on and/or coordinate a number of varied projects at the same time, prioritising as appropriate.

  • Able to lead and work within multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Enthusiasm to apply skills to the solution of real-world problems.

  • Previous experience within NWS disposability assessments (Letter of Compliance submissions) would be desirable.

  • Some commercial skills would be desirable.

If you are looking for a new challenge and are passionate about developing yourself then we want to meet you.

Our Culture:

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role

If you require further support or reasonable adjustments with regards to the recruitment process (for example, you require the application form in a different format), please contact the team (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2) .

Your application experience is important to us and we’re keen to adapt to make every interaction even better. We welcome feedback on our recruitment process and if you need more from us before deciding to join Jacobs then please let us know. (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2)

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.