Role description

Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) is looking for a Research Manager (Biosphere) to join them as they progress in the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) programme – the UK’s largest environmental protection project. As a specialist in biosphere characterisation and assessment, you will underpin the implementation of the GDF programme by:


  • Leading RWM’s site-specific biosphere characterisation work – working closely with environmental assessment and environmental safety case specialists to aid the identification and evaluation of potential sites for a GDF.
  • Supporting the development of RWM’s Environmental Safety Case – assessing the potential effects of geological disposal on human and non-human biota, during both the operational and post-closure phases of a GDF.
  • Identifying research needs in the areas of biosphere characterisation and biosphere evolution, and develop and implement an appropriate research strategy to meet these needs
  • Procuring and managing supply chain support for this work.
  • Acting as a representative of RWM at national and international scientific fora and events relevant to the biosphere research strategy and understand the content and relevance of overseas research programmes to RWM’s environmental safety case and environmental assessment work

Essential skills

To be successful in this role you will have experience of undertaking and managing biosphere characterisation and modelling work, along with the underpinning research. You will have a good comprehension of the needs of the environmental safety case for geological disposal and its scientific basis. You will also be familiar with the form, hazard and characteristics of higher activity radioactive wastes, including both their radioactive and non-radioactive components.

In addition, you will draw on your experience of managing relationships with regulators & other external stakeholders as you act as an ambassador for RWM.

Whilst the desire is for an individual with comprehensive experience, this position would also suit an individual who is at an earlier stage within their career and could develop into the role.

If you feel you are suitably qualified for this position, Thomas Thor would like to hear from you. Please contact me, Alii Gleason on

About RWM:

RWM’s vision as an organisation is to create a safer future by managing radioactive waste effectively, to protect people and the environment. We collaborate with experts on multi-million-pound research programmes and radioactive waste producers to find ways to package it that are suitable for disposal in the Geological Disposal Facility, providing advice to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Government.

Experienced HR professional, based in Cumbria UK with a demonstrated history working in staffing and recruitment across multiple industries. Communicates and partners with all levels of personnel by using excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Self-motivated with a passion for diversity and inclusion!

Alexandria Gleason