Discipline Area: Chemistry
Description of role, including any specific skills required
The successful applicant will work alongside a dynamic team of Chemists and Engineers in assessing the performance and material condition of plant processes, such as gas and water cooling systems that support the safe operation of two nuclear reactors. Two project options have been identified for the successful applicant: Firstly, the development of analytical techniques that enhance quantification of metal loss from boiler and stator components whilst in service. This project would support/inform investment that targets improvement in reliability and longevity of station critical assets. Secondly, understanding the impact of an intermittent hypochlorite dosing strategy on the rate of marine fouling in sea water cooling systems. Applicants should identify where their specific interests lie in respect of these two areas.
In addition to this project-specific work, your routine work will include analysing plant samples of water, gas and oil as per the requirements set out in the company’s technical governance arrangements.
You will apply your skills to enhance the department’s capability to analyse plant conditions accurately and therefore provide better solutions to plant challenges based on a greater understanding of root cause and causal factors.
Skills required include
- Transferable skills in chemical analysis and techniques
- Capable of working autonomously with the ability to resolve technical challenges and develop solutions
Anticipated business benefits
The extra capacity allows for resilience in the Department’s function during periods of leave/absence or during plant transients that require intensive chemistry resource. During periods of stability you will assist chemistry engineers to perform their role by completing more routine activities. All of these factors have in recent years aided the department’s ability to identify plant anomalies and resolve these before any impact on performance is incurred.
The placement offers technical projects that add value to the department’s business plan objectives. For example, recent projects have focussed on the optimisation of sea water dosing and development of analytical techniques that support/enhance station lifetime calculations. Both of these areas have enhanced Station performance in the areas of controllable costs and equipment reliability/lifetime of decay heat boilers.
Anticipated benefits to the individual
- Unique opportunity to apply your academic training to genuine problems that are faced in the energy industry
- Work with other team members who have completed a degree in recent years
- Earn an equivalent full-time salary of £15,000
- Gain invaluable experience that complements your degree scheme
- Work within the energy sector, one of the most vibrant industries
- Spend time within different functions of the plant, as well as on project-based work within a specialist topic
- Potential to join the EDF graduate scheme after the placement