Role description

Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) are looking for a Senior Biosphere Research Manager to join them as they progress in the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) programme – the UK’s largest environmental protection project.

NWS’ vision is to secure a safer future for us all.

NWS’ mission is to protect people and the environment by managing the UK’s nuclear waste innovatively and sustainably.

Part of NWS’ mission is to deliver a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) and provide radioactive waste management solutions. The GDF will play an important role in resolving the long-outstanding environmental issue of how we safely dispose of legacy and future nuclear waste. It will be one of the most significant national infrastructure projects in the UK and will create investment and employment opportunities which will last for decades.

As a Senior Biosphere Research Manager, you will have a broad environmental science background to join our dynamic and collaborative team, and to support implementation of the GDF programme. You will be supported by a biosphere research manager with mathematical modelling expertise and will work closely with colleagues progressing site geological and hydrological understanding, as well as permitting, environmental assessment and safety case teams


  • Leading NWS’s site-specific biosphere characterisation work – working closely with environmental assessment and environmental safety case specialists.
  • Leading on conceptual ecosystem model and site descriptive model development to support biosphere characterisation and provide the basis for related mathematical modelling
  • Supporting the development of NWS’s safety case for the GDF – assessing the potential effects of geological disposal of radioactive waste on human and non-human biota, during both the GDF operational and post-closure phases
  • Identifying research needs in the areas of biosphere characterisation and biosphere evolution
  • Providing subject matter expert capability to the academic-facing environmental science discipline for the Research Support Office
  • Acting as a representative of NWS at national and international scientific fora and events relevant to the biosphere research strategy

Skills and Experience

  • University degree (PhD) and work experience (industrial, academic) in a relevant environmental or scientific discipline.
  • Understanding functional ecosystem processes – both biotic and abiotic (biogeochemical)
  • Developing site descriptive and conceptual ecosystem models
  • Conducting environmental risk assessments for people and the environment for radiological and/or non-radiological pollutants
  • Strong communication skills and experience of managing relationships with internal stakeholders, regulators & other external stakeholders

For more information, please click on the apply button or contact Lisa Morgan at Thomas Thor on

NWS have offices based in Harwell, Warrington and Cumbria, and welcome applicants from any location. Please discuss your individual requirements with your recruitment consultant.

As well as the opportunity to be part of this major environmental project, NWS also offer you an annual bonus, 30 days of annual leave (with public holidays on top) and one of the most generous pensions currently available in the UK (Civil Service Alpha Pension Scheme).

About NWS:

As of the 31 January 2022, Nuclear Waste Services has been set up to combine all of the NDA Waste activities, giving greater flexibility and driving improvements and synergies across the NDA Group. This brings together LLW Repository Limited, Radioactive Waste Management Limited and the NDA Integrated Waste Management Programme (each with their own IT teams, infrastructure, and systems).

Equal Opportunities:

Nuclear Waste Services value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating a diverse workplace where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. We value the diversity of our people and recognise the benefits a diverse workforce can bring to the business. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applications from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBTQ+ and candidates who have a disability.

Disability Confident:

Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) is a member of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all candidates who have a disability and who meet all of the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of candidates who have a disability who meet all of the essential criteria RWM will interview the best candidates from within that group.

Lisa is a Search and Process consultant, based in Finland, specialised in the UK nuclear market. Experience in successfully placing engineering, technical and administrative personnel on both permanent and contract assignments across different countries.

Lisa Morgan