• Starting September 2020
  • Salary £16,500
  • Barnwood, Gloucestershire
  • A Pre-University looking to study Chemistry or Chemical Engineering



The Chemistry & CO2 Oxidation Group is part of the corporate Engineering function. We provide support to the existing fleet of nuclear power stations. Our work ranges from providing short-term advice when there are problems with the chemistry to supporting major projects that enhance the performance of the fleet to longer-term R&D to extend the life of the stations.

The student’s projects will be determined based on the current priorities of the Chemistry and CO2 Oxidation Group. All projects will involve the following:

•           Networking with stations and other groups within the Central Technical Organisation for the provision of the relevant assessment data.

•           Gaining an understanding of the assessment processes and conducting assessments.

•           Interpreting the results of the assessment in terms of plant operation and business objectives and recommending improvements.

•           Preparing high-quality written reports.

The student will also help the Group to provide support to the corporate Chief Chemist in areas such as standardisation of processes and compliance monitoring.

During the year, there will also be opportunities to get involved in other work areas, including the possibility of helping with work at one or more of our power stations.



The company is one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy, Belgium and Poland. We are the UK’s leading generator and supplier of low carbon energy, producing around one-fifth of the nation’s electricity and employing more than 15,000 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We intend to play a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK and secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/Description of Project/Post:

The candidate will gain an understanding of the role of chemistry in nuclear power generation. They will also learn about how to use data and information to address real problems and how to present work in both written and verbal formats). As well as that, the candidate will get to appreciate the importance of culture and behaviours in effective organisations.



You will be planning to study Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. You should be computer literate and with some experience of using windows applications but training will be provided. You will need to be self-motivated; we will provide plenty of support but you will be given the opportunity to work under minimal supervision at times. You will need to be a good communicator as part of your role will be to talk to your colleagues and our stakeholders at the power stations and within the corporate functions. The placement will offer plenty of opportunities to learn and to take control of your own work; you should be ready and willing to grasp those opportunities.

Please note this role will be subject to security clearance.


To apply for this placement or for more information, please contact: Ellen Pugsley at e.pugsley@etrust.org.uk stating your interest, your full name and the vacancy reference.

Please note, you must be fully registered with The YINI scheme to apply.

See the YINI application page to complete an on-line application form if you are not already registered.

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