RWM’s vision is to create a safer future by managing radioactive waste effectively, to protect people and the environment.

RWM’s mission is to deliver a Geological Disposal Facility and provide radioactive waste management solutions. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the NDA, RWM’s programmes of work deliver Government Policy, and NDA Strategy, for radioactive waste management.


Role description

As a Research Manager you will join the Research Team at a key stage in the development of the organisation and the implementation of the UK Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for Higher Wastes.


Knowledge, Experience and Skills

You will be responsible for the delivery of the integrated geological and engineered system evolution focusing on clay host rocks, mixed clay / evaporite (interbedded) host rocks or bedded halite host rocks.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Developing and delivering of a GDF Evolution work package, synthesizing knowledge of the man-made and natural perturbations affecting / affected by a GDF constructed in clays, halite or interbedded clay / evaporite host rocks.
  • Obtaining solutions as required by the GDF programme (including technical knowledge and modelling capability) by acting as an Intelligent Client for RWM in GDF longer term evolution via an approach based on coupled THMC modelling.
  • Drawing together understanding from the Intelligent Client geosphere / hydrosphere and biosphere disciplines to deliver an integrated understanding of the future evolution of the GDF and its environment in an accessible knowledge base.

Essential skills

  • Good first degree and PhD in relevant STEM subject.
  • Demonstrable experience in numerical modelling of coupled systems (some aspects of thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical-gas processes), ideally in a geoscience-related field.
  • Self-motivation and drive to develop own expertise, lead research agenda, forging internal and external relationships.

Desired skills

Your ability to communicate with people, regardless of level of technical understanding or seniority will help you engage in work package management tasks, including project management, financial planning, risk management and writing technical specifications.

For further information or to apply contact Olivia Mindrila at Thomas Thor on or click the apply button.

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, collaborating with experts on multi-million-pound research programmes and radioactive waste producers to find ways to package it that are suitable for disposal in a Geological Disposal Facility.

Equal Opportunities:

We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. At RWM we are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive. We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the communities we support. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBTQ+ and candidates who have a disability.

Disability Confident:

In promoting equal opportunities, RWM welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of disabled candidates who meet all of the essential criteria, RWM will interview the best candidates from within that group.

My colleagues and I have in depth knowledge of the structure, current projects and future projects of organisations in the international nuclear energy industry. We use this information to map out where opportunities exist and then match the experts we represent with the right opportunities. If you are currently working in the nuclear industry then we can offer you advice, support and representation. Please feel free to contact me.

Olivia Mindrila