At Southern Scientific we’re passionate about our work, customers, people and our culture. We are a specialist supplier of radiation detection equipment for the Nuclear, Medical, Security, Defence, Industrial & Research sectors and are continually striving to be the very best at what we do through delivering the highest quality products and an exceptional service.

We aim to create a positive work culture for all employees and our collaborative, close-knit team naturally demonstrate the values which the Group has been built on:

  • Passionate and Driven
  • Everyone is accountable
  • Respectful and Inclusive
  • Family Atmosphere
  • Efficient
  • Customer focused
  • Trustworthy

Benefits such as our annual Center Parcs trip for staff and families and days out to the races have been identified as particular highlights for our staff, helping to foster positive working relationships in a sociable setting.

Current Opportunities

We are currently looking to recruit in the following area:   

R&D Engineering Year Placement - UK (Henfield based)

The Placement

As an engineering year placement, you will work with a small team of engineers to develop novel technology used in products to detect radiation for a wide variety of sectors, including nuclear power, defence, industrial and medical. You will gain industry skills and learn how to bring a product to market following the complete product development life cycle from initial concept and requirement development with help from our specialist sales colleagues, research and development of the technology/product within our group of trained engineers, and how to prepare a product for production in a low volume production department here at our site in Henfield.
We are a small team wanting to grow the R&D department and looking for a talented engineering placement student to join the team for a year and help us grow. We are predominantly interested in a candidate with an engineering background in electronics, or product design, but candidates from all other engineering disciplines will be considered based on the remaining requirements below. This role is specifically un-targeted to allow candidates from a wide variety of engineering disciplines to apply.

Your responsibilities

  • You will work in partnership with our product specialists to define user needs and input/output requirements for new product developments.
  • You will support the R&D team with the design of new technology/products and support the team with problem-solving other project issues.
  • You will help test, verify, and validate new developments and improvements to ensure robust and comprehensive solutions.
  • You will support other engineers and collaborate to create a cohesive design.
  • You will apply common project management principles and complete documentary records for safekeeping and traceability.
  • You will attend industry conferences to gain insight into competitor product development and industry trends.

The above list is not exhaustive, and, as such, you may be required to undertake other duties as appropriate.



  • You must be working towards completing a degree in an engineering discipline (having completed your 2nd year (3rd year for integrated master’s students). Minimum second class expected grade.
  • You must be passionate about your chosen engineering discipline and open to learning new subjects that might be outside of your specific degree knowledge base.
  • You must have a full UK driving license and access to a vehicle.


  • You should have excellent problem-solving, communication and time-management skills.
  • You should have a good understanding of common project management techniques and have some experience using them.
  • You should be able to work in a team environment.

Application closing date

15th of June 2024.

To Apply

Please apply by completing the short Application Form or emailing for more information.