Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Vacancy for Band 3 - Nuclear Safety Inspector - Fuel and Core Analysis

Location Bootle, Cheltenham & London
Salary £67,931- £80,787 (plus an additional £3,992 London Weighting Allowance if the successful individual is London based)
Close date 23 Nov 2018

Job description

The Nuclear Safety Inspector role/ Principal Responsibilities

Nuclear Inspectors are expected to be capable of undertaking a variety of roles:

  • Inspecting sites
  • Assessing technical safety cases
  • Enforcing the law and influencing improvement in safety cases
  • Investigating incidents;
  • Developing strategic approaches to secure high standards in the industry
  • Managing nuclear research contracts etc

The role of a Nuclear Inspector is varied and you are likely to undertake a range of duties during your career. Some Inspectors concentrate on undertaking planned and reactive inspections on site, while others will mainly assess safety submissions or manage discrete intervention projects.

However, the focus is on working as teams to ensure compliance, reassure the public and improve safety standards. When Inspectors find shortcomings in compliance they initially provide advice but may issue verbal and written warnings. The powers available to inspectors enable them to serve Enforcement Notices and ultimately initiate prosecutions. There is also a wide range of powers available under nuclear license conditions.

Fuel and Core Analysis

What does fuel and core analysis mean in ONR?

Within the Office for Nuclear Regulation, it is necessary to confirm that the limits and conditions for plant operation are adequately defined so as to ensure that fuel damage is avoided in normal operation and fault condition.

In the case of normal operation, degradation mechanisms which may affect the fuel need to be identified and the conditions likely to lead to damage defined as design criteria. These criteria are then used to define limits and conditions of operation necessary to adequately protect the fuel and to define surveillances to ensure that the limits are respected.

In most cases, assessment will involve collaboration with experts in the fault transient analysis topic area and the ability to assess analytical methods used to represent the fuel and core response is necessary.

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