Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242665
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £47725 - £60980
Date Posted 14 September 2017
Grade RC-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 29 October 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £47,725 - £60,980
Grade: RC-F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 29th October 2017


Based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Oxfordshire, two vacancies exists for qualified Radiation Protection Advisers (RPA)/Radioactive Waste Advisers (RWA) to support the STFC’s science programmes.

The STFC’s widespread and unique application of ionising radiation provides exciting challenges for which, dependent on skills and experience, an attractive salary is offered supported by flexible working conditions and generous pension scheme.

These are key senior roles within the STFC SHE management system and report directly to the Head of Safety, Health and Environment.


  • provision of advice and recommendations to management on all obligations under, and compliance with, existing and proposed ionising radiation related legislation and permits
  • provide a lead with regulatory authorities on all radiation matters, including but not limited to compliance with and reporting against permits, for example: the HSE; Environment Agency; Euratom; Counter Terrorism Safety Adviser etc.
  • provision of operational radiation protection advice and support to management on all radiation related health and safety and environmental matters, actively contributing to the development of documented radiation management system – fulfilling the duties of RPA and RWA as defined in the STFC radiation management system
  • assist in developing and maintaining documented Prior Risk Assessments for all working involving ionising radiation, undertake and document Critical
  • examinations for all new sources of ionising radiation (including existing facilities operating under new conditions) and as appropriate undertake radiation surveys thereof
  • review and as appropriate advise and act on the findings of personal dosimetry and environmental radiation monitoring and provide advice on the selection and use of radiation monitoring equipment
  • make recommendations on the design and operation of new facilities and modification of existing facilities with responsibility and design approval, for all radiation shielding and protection systems and review and approval for all local rules
  • attend and provide quarterly RPA/RWA reports to relevant SHE committees
  • undertake audits of the STFC radiation management systems making recommendations to STFC management on compliance and how radiation safety can be improved
  • develop and, as appropriate, deliver radiation training programmes
  • deputise for and/or support other STFC RPA/RWAs as required.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

Qualifications and Experience


  • qualified to degree level in Health Physics, Physics or other relevant and numerate disciplines
  • RPA Certificate of Competence issued by the HSE recognised assessment body
  • thorough practical knowledge and understanding of: the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (2017), including its Approved Code of Practice; the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 and other ionising radiation related regulations
  • substantial experience of working in a radiation protection in the academic or high technology sectors
  • practical experience of radiation monitoring, detectors, dosimetry and dose control
  • able to work unsupervised and as part of a small team, managing own workload methodically and reliably
  • very good interpersonal and communication skills; able to work and influence staff at all levels
  • excellent IT skills, including familiarity Microsoft Office programme suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) and databases.


  • Certificate of Competence as an RWA issued by the Environment Agencies’ Approval Board or the capability to gain this qualification
  • experience of working in an academic high energy physics or electron synchrotron radiation environment would be an advantage
  • experience in the use of radiation shielding calculation software and Monte Carlo simulations (e.g. Fluka) to undertake specialist radiation shielding calculations, modeling radiation dose from experimental facilities, in particular electron or proton accelerators.

Other Requirements

  • available to work and travel in the UK and abroad
  • available to work flexibly, including occasionally out of normal working hours or week-end working or telephone contact.
In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 29th October 2017. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is to be confirmed and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.