Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC247468
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £41988
Date Posted 14 November 2018
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 06 January 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357- £32,997 or £37,789 - £41,988 (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: D/E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 6th January 2019

About the role

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is currently seeking someone experienced in radioactive waste management to support its radioactive waste function as an Assistant Radioactive Waste Manager.

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.
This is a rare opportunity to undertake radioactive waste management for a vibrant operating high energy proton accelerator facility.

Over the years of operation, a substantial amount of mostly low level radioactive material has been generated from ISIS. We are currently undertaking a large programme of work to manage and dispose of this legacy waste together with routine operational waste. The successful candidate should be self-motivated and have established technical expertise in the area of radioactive waste management.

We are committed to the continuing professional development of our staff. You will have excellent opportunities to drive your own progression in areas of technical and leadership capabilities.

As part of the Radioactive Waste Section, key responsibilities are as follows:

Support the RAL Radioactive Waste Manager (RWM) to:

  • monitor compliance against the EA permit
  • identify the need for and support permit variation applications
  • contribute to the development of the radioactive waste management strategy
  • contribute to the development of the radioactive waste management system of instructions and procedures.

As part of the radioactive waste section you will:

  • negotiate with potential waste receivers
  • set up contracts for waste disposal
  • organise or undertake waste characterisation (solid, liquid and gas activated materials)
  • generate disposal and transport paperwork
  • develop inventory management and analysis, including report generation
  • undertake BAT studies and reviews
  • manage waste projects including resources
  • aid waste generators to optimise waste removal, after gaining understanding of the ISIS neutron spallation source waste streams.

Work with the Operational Waste Team, which undertakes work in handling, characterising, storing and preparing waste for storage or transportation, to achieve the waste plan objectives.

Also work with scientists and engineers who are consigning radioactive waste and materials across site.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting criteria


  • good written literary communications skills in English
  • degree qualified in a science or engineering discipline or equivalent
  • some experience of radioactive waste management, characterisation and disposal routes (For Band E substantial experience is essential and should cover  any radioactive material state, gas, liquid and solid)
  • experience of using MS Office and other IT for spreadsheets, reports and inventory management
  • experience of contributing to and maintaining a radioactive waste management system (plan, policies and procedures)
  • knowledge of 'big data' manipulation.


  • formal training in Radiation Protection
  • experience of working in a multidisciplinary and service oriented environment
  • working towards Radioactive Waste Advisor accreditation
  • DGSA or experience of class 7 materials transport
  • some experience of generating BAT studies
  • knowledge of EPR, working within an EA permit and participating in EA inspections
  • some experience of managing projects using appropriate PM techniques and documents (essential for Band E)
  • some experience of managing a small technical team.

Interview criteria


All shortlisting criteria plus:

  • good verbal communications skills including the ability to explain technical concepts effectively
  • ability to work in a time-pressured environment
  • ability to identify problems, communicate them well to others, to take action where needed and be determined to succeed
  • good level of interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work with others  and provide a high level of customer service
  • some knowledge of EPR (relating to RW), characterisation techniques and disposal routes (For Band E substantial knowledge is essential).


All shortlisting criteria plus:

  • requirements of Quality Management Systems (QMS)
  • understanding of statistical analysis, particularly relating to sampling decisions or data-set analysis against decision criteria.

Additional requirements:

You must be able and willing to:

  • access all ISIS operational areas including tunnels, walkways and work at height
  • enter and work in designated controlled radiation and contamination areas as a classified radiation worke
  • wear personal and respiratory protective equipment
  • attend emergency situations involving radiation or contamination
  • some working out of hours may be required
  • occasional travel will be required.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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 filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.
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The closing date for interviews is 6th January 2019, early applications are encouraged as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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