Role description

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.

The Role

As the Senior Hydrogeologist you will be acting as the Intelligent Client for the interpretation and evaluation of new and existing hydrogeological and geological information. You would have had experience with pump-testing, and experience with technical groundwater investigations.

In this role you will use your extensive expertise to plan, oversee and deliver the hydrogeology research strategy; obtaining solutions in specified areas of expertise to support the needs of internal end-users. You’ll have overall responsibility for the integration of hydrogeology information needs between stakeholders, and the interpretation and evaluation of new and existing hydrogeological information relating to our work with communities, to support cross-organisation requirements.

Your experience translating technical challenges into specific knowledge gaps, identifying research needs and objectives, and formulating appropriate research activities will support RWM’s multidisciplinary projects.

The Senior Hydrogeologist will be accountable for project and work package management activities as well as contract and contractor management. Line management responsibilities are to be expected as the team expands.


  • Understanding hydrogeological and geological parameters and information requirements needed to support evaluation and characterisation of sites
  • Specifying needs for surface based and intrusive hydrogeological (and aligned geological) investigations
  • Identifying and reviewing geological and hydrogeological input parameters for use in numerical models, including solute transport models
  • Conceptualisation of groundwater settings at regional and local scales using field, laboratory, and desk-based information (i.e. desk study, Phase I)
  • Planning and delivering laboratory and URL research and subsequent interpretation and synthesis of results
  • Understanding and communicating the output of hydrogeological projects to stakeholders, including representing RWM at internal and external fora.
  • Identification and procurement of supply chain capability and resources required to deliver hydrogeological projects; including specification of work, assessment of tenders, and management of contracts and supply chain.
  • Management (scope, cost, and schedule) of work packages being executed through the supply chain or academia

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

Skills and Experience

  • MSc or PhD in a related subject, e.g., geology, hydrogeology, geological sciences, geochemistry, or equivalent experience
  • Expertise in planning, managing and delivering field-based investigations required to evaluate the hydrogeological setting (including projects in underground rock laboratories), ideally for low permeability settings
  • Expertise of conceptualisation of groundwater settings at regional and local scales using field, laboratory and desk-based information
  • Experience in using hydrogeological software / tools to interpret field data to generate hydrogeological input values for numerical modelling
  • Experience of collaborating with field staff, numerical modelling experts, supply chain and researchers to deliver integrated site characterisation (groundwater) projects
  • Significant experience in translating a technical challenge into specific knowledge gaps, identification of research needs and objectives and formulating appropriate research activities
  • Expertise in application of, and working in compliance to relevant groundwater protection regulations
  • Effective communication of technical aspects to both specialist and non-technical audiences
  • Proven ability to influence collaborative and contracted projects to gain the requisite outcomes

We work flexibly

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

For further information or to apply please click the apply button now to send over your CV, we will call you to discuss the role in more detail. Even if your CV is not up to date then please send the most recent version, and we can discuss your recent experience in more detail.

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.

Essential skills


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