Health Physics Section Leader

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - Harwell Science and Innovation Campus

Full time/Flexible hours considered

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations, and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC’s ISIS facility is a world-leading source of pulsed neutrons and muons. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level.

About The Role

We require an experienced Health Physics (HP) professional within our ISIS facility to lead the radiological safety programme, supervising the Health Physics teams (Operational and Waste) and helping to manage the health physics budget.

The HP section provides radiation safety support for all operations within ISIS and other facilities in our Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) site.

This role includes responsibility for planning routine surveys, support for active maintenance activities with engineers and scientists and providing support to the waste management programme.

Further responsibilities include:

  • Routine radiation and contamination hazard assessments based on measurement programmes and induced radioactivity calculations
  • Providing assistance to Group Leaders with control and management of their radiation designated areas
  • Management of HP sealed sources, providing a leak testing service for all site sealed sources
  • Provision of professional HP advice on operational procedures
  • Development of new HP operating procedures and provision of monthly reports
  • Managing the Respiratory Protection Equipment programme
  • Managing the RAL-RADSAFE response programme.

This is a challenging role which will provide excellent opportunities for professional development.

The working of some unsociable hours may be necessary on occasions in support of operations.

About You

You will be educated to degree level in a scientific or engineering discipline, or demonstrate relevant experience and will have undertaken recognised training in Health Physics. It is desirable to hold RPA accreditation.

You will have significant experience with practical Health Physics at a professional level, with an ability to select, check and use a wide range of Health Physics instruments and equipment.

You should demonstrate people management experience, while experience in radiological emergency response is desirable.

You will demonstrate knowledge/understanding of radiological protection issues affecting large accelerator facilities and be a member of the Society For Radiological Protection. You must also have knowledge of relevant legislation.

You must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory protective equipment.


STFC holds the Investor in People Gold accreditation and offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, government pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.

To Apply:

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are received by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000 quoting the appropriate IRC reference.

The closing date for applications is 28th January 2018, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

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