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Senior Radiological Protection Advisor (RPA)

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Job Introduction

Job Description for Senior Radiological Protection Advisor: 

There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career. 

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

The Senior Radiological Protection Advisor (RPA) shall provide competent advice on radiological and conventional safety related matters within their area of responsibility.

They shall provide assurance that activities are being undertaken in a safe and compliant manner, so as to meet all requirements of the Nuclear Site Licence and all Regulatory and Legislative purposes.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities for Senior Radiological Protection Advisor: 

  • The Senior Radiological Protection Advisor shall be responsible for the provision of competent advice with regards radiological safety in order to comply with the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 in their area(s) of responsibility.
  • Shall be responsible for the provision of competent advice with regards conventional safety in order to comply with all Sellafield site and UK regulatory and legislative requirements within their area(s) of responsibility
    • Oversees radiological protection compliance at all NNL facilities  conducting regular compliance audits
    • Create and deliver training packages for radiological protection
    • Coach and mentor to trainee RPAs 
  • Responsible for providing up front support and peer review of work packages (routine or non-routine) including review of Risk Assessments and Dose Estimates/Assessments
  • Provides advice for conformity to SLP arrangements within their area of responsibility (eg the use of Radioactive Sealed Sources, Radiation Generators, Dosimetry (assessment/recording), suitability of Radiological Protection Instrumentation and Personal Protective Equipment, arrangements for outside workers etc) and provides annual reviews to demonstrate compliance
  • Responsible for the review of radiological classification of areas, HP&S radiological survey schedule, monitored/classified worker status and dose management strategy within their area(s) of responsibility
  • Ability to apply Conservative or Operational Decision Making (CDM/ODM) when fault conditions dictate the need
  • As the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for their area(s) of responsibility they shall keep abreast of all applicable Rules and Regulations and provide advice regarding the management of their application.
  • Required to attend various safety committees e.g. MSC, PMP Committee to provide expert knowledge of their area(s) of responsibility
  • Required to attend HAZOPs to provide expert knowledge of their area(s) of responsibility
  • Required to attend various forums (internal and external) to keep abreast of best practice and advice for the implementation of this back into the workplace
  • Undertake regular self-audits, work place inspections and task observations within their area(s) of responsibility to ensure that standards and expectations for EHSS&Q are being maintained
  • Assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of radiological / conventional safety improvements
  • Provide assurance that all compliance records are being recorded and managed correctly within their areas(s) of responsibility
  • Closely liaise with B170 Health Physics service and Sellafield Approved Dosimetry Service
  • Undertake investigations in relation to the requirements of IRR99 upon request by NNL

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Criteria for Senior Radiological Protection Advisor: 

  • Requirement to hold the RPA 2000 Certificate of Competence
  • Requirement to be a Chartered Radiation Professional (CRadP) with the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) 
  • Requirement to be appointed as a Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA) 
  • Ability to demonstrate supervisory experience for operations undertaken within a nuclear plant as applicable
  • Degree qualified in a Scientific or equivalent discipline. Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of stated qualifications
  • Holds IOSH Managing Safely or equivalent as a minimum qualification. NEBOSH General Certificate/Diploma would be desirable
  • Evidence of self-motivation with demonstrable levels of drive, energy and resilience
  • Ability to demonstrate conservative decision making, even in pressure situations 
  • Experience in incident and emergency response
  • Ability to communicate key information both verbal and written with operators, customers and stakeholders
  • A thorough awareness of nuclear, conventional safety and security requirements applicable to their area(s) of responsibility
  • Ability to obtain DV level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial, criminal record checks, interview plus 10 years of UK residency)

Desirable Criteria for Senior Radiological Protection Advisor: 

  • Demonstrable knowledge of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the Clearance and Exemption Process
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations 
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Public Information Regulations
  • General awareness of Safety Case implementation methodology is desirable
  • Requirement to be appointed as a Person Organising Work (POW) as applicable
  • Requirement to be appointed as a Safety Supervisor as applicable
  • Requirement to be appointed as a CoSHH Risk Assessor as applicable
  • Requirement to become appointed to emergency response roles e.g. EH&S advisor
  • Requirement to become appointed as a Sub Contractor Supervisor as applicable

About the Company

Grounded in robust science and decades of experience, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the authoritative voice in the UK and beyond for technological development within the nuclear power sector.

Our unparalleled understanding of the science, challenges and opportunities makes us an unrivalled authority and partner in the field, providing experts, technologies, and access to cutting-edge facilities to organisations around the world.

Harnessing potential technologies and translating them into to industry-ready solutions means our pioneering approach spearheads international improvement and technological progress.

We work on projects as small as drilling a hole to analyse underground wastes with our integrated micro drilling technology, or as large as developing state-of-the-art power systems for spacecraft, based on radioactive materials

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

Recruitment Agency Notice

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