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Jacobs Scientific Modelling 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

Jacobs is currently recruiting for a Scientific Modelling Consultant to join our Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal business. The successful applicant will be part of a multi-disciplinary team (including chemists, physicists, geologists, engineers, safety case specialists and mathematicians) to deliver a range of projects on behalf of UK-based and international customers.

Our Waste Management, Disposal and Safety Case teams have led the field of research and assessment work related to the safe management and disposal of radioactive waste, for over 30 years. The team has a wide breath of both nationally and internationally respected expertise to provide consultancy, modelling, safety case and laboratory studies to underpin the science, technology and engineering to allow the safe disposal of radioactive waste.

You will be involved in delivering an exciting and diverse range of desk-based consultancy projects undertaken for our customers in the UK and overseas. The successful candidates will focus on the development of complex geological models used to underpin the safety of geological disposal facilities. You will also provide support to other projects in the areas of decommissioning and waste management. The post offers the opportunity to apply your skills to solving real world problems for our customers. The vacancy provides an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop their careers in our technically and commercially challenging business.

All working is currently remote; flexible working arrangements are anticipated once a safe return to the offices can be made.

Key Responsibilities include:

You will work on a range of consultancy projects for customers including radioactive waste producers, radioactive waste management organisations and regulators, both in the UK and overseas. This will include a wide variety of activities across the areas of radioactive waste management and geological disposal, including:

  • Provision of input to a range of technical areas; this is likely to include geological modelling, and other forms of simple and complex modelling, used to underpin the safety of a future geological disposal facility in the UK.

  • Production of concise and well-written technical reports and presentation of results to customers.

  • Developing an understanding of the underlying requirements of our customers, and how we can meet those requirements.

  • Analysing problems, developing solutions and delivering work to agreed timescales.

  • Supporting other team members with business development activities.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • A postgraduate degree in earth / physical science, engineering discipline or mathematics.

  • Experience in the development and application of mathematical models.

  • Technically able, with a demonstrable track record of creative problem solving.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Flexible, innovative and keen to develop skills.

  • Adaptable and able to work on a variety of projects, prioritising as appropriate.

  • Able to work in multi-disciplinary teams.

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

  • Will need to be able to obtain appropriate security clearance.


  • Experience of using GoldSim to simulate contaminant transport through complex geological settings.

  • Experience of scientific programming (e.g. Python, MATLAB).

  • Ability to develop and apply a range of software tools used for coupled geological modelling (e.g. COMSOL, PFLOTRAN).

  • Experience of geotechnical modelling, including rock mechanics modelling, used to support geological disposal in the UK and overseas would be advantageous.

  • Some experience or understanding of the nuclear industry would be beneficial.

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.

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.

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