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Jacobs Gamma Specialist (Environmental Science) in Warrington, United Kingdom

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Challenging Today. Reinventing Tomorrow.

We're invested in you and your success. Everything we do - whether Aerospace, Defense, Intelligence, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Nuclear, Automotive, or Telecommunications - is more than just a project. It's our challenge as human beings, too. That's why we bring a thoughtful and collaborative approach to every one of our partnerships.

It's our promise to challenge the status quo as we redefine how to solve the world's greatest challenges, and transform big ideas into intelligent solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.

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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, 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

The Analytical Services department undertakes environmental and radiochemical analysis on a broad range of sample matrices for multiple client sectors. Supported by a sample preparation team, project managers and consultants the predominant activities are a mixture of consulting, sample preparation, chemical and radiochemical analyses.

Analytical testing plays an essential role in supporting the legal environmental compliance clients require when operating, decommissioning, and building nuclear facilities as well ensuring on-going safe working environments.

Based in Birchwood, Warrington, and acting as a key technical member of staff, the role is a hands-on role which includes supervising/training other members of staff, managing their workload, maintaining quality, and ensuring on-time delivery of results in the Gamma laboratory.

In addition to performing analyses, developing, and validating radiochemistry test methods and acting as an authorised signatory for test reports is also an important part of the role.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

• Qualification in an appropriate scientific subject, preferably a Post-graduate Radiochemistry qualification including Gamma Spectroscopy

• Experience in high resolution gamma spectroscopy with both sodium iodide and germanium detectors.

• Hands-on practical experience of gamma spectrometry ideally in a fast-paced commercial laboratory for multiple sample material types

• Strong spectrum interpretation and data analysis skills

• Experience in applying test results to client requirements/requests and report review

• Experience working in a high throughput UKAS accredited laboratory

• Ability to train/mentor/support junior members of staff

• Excellent self-management and personnel supervisory skills.

• Good organisational skills

• Knowledge of health, safety and radiological safety issues in laboratories.

• Communication skills to work as part of a team and the ability to discuss tasks with others from different technical disciplines.

• Willingness to work in clean conditions in a controlled radioactive laboratory.

• Ability to plan and manage workloads to tight deadlines


• Extensive knowledge of the radiological testing activities such as gross alpha/beta counting, light scintillation detectors, tritium analysis etc.

• Experience in radiochemistry consultancy

• The ability to apply practical skills and knowledge to devise solutions for problems.

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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At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.