Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Vacancy for Band 3 Nuclear Safety Inspector – Radiation protection

Location Bootle, London, Cheltenham
Salary £71,033 – £85,309 with a generous employers’ pension contribution to the civil service pension scheme. Plus an additional £4,052 London Weighting Allowance if the successful individual is London based.
Close date 08 Jul 2021

Job description


The Office for Nuclear Regulation is the UK’s independent nuclear regulator, with the legal authority to regulate nuclear safety, security and conventional health and safety at 36 licensed nuclear sites in Great Britain (GB). This includes the existing fleet of operating reactors, fuel cycle facilities, waste management and decommissioning sites, as well as licensed defence sites, together with the regulation of the design and construction of new nuclear facilities.

ONR also regulates the transport of nuclear and radioactive materials by road, rail and

inland waterways, and as of January 2021 operates the UK’s State System of Accountancy for and Control of Nuclear Materials (SSAC) and a domestic safeguards regime.

The Nuclear Safety Inspector role – Radiation Protection

About the role

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.

The focus of nuclear safety inspection is on working as teams to ensure legal compliance, provide assurance to the public and improve safety standards. When Inspectors find shortcomings in compliance they initially provide advice but may, in specific situations, initiate enforcement activities.

Our Inspectors come from a variety of mainly nuclear or high-hazard-related backgrounds, but all demonstrate calm and poise when working under pressure in one of the most demanding jobs in the public sector. Specific job-related expertise required alongside other technical and behavioural competencies for this specific discipline role are described below.

In this case, ONR is seeking to recruit Nuclear Safety Inspectors who are specialists in Radiological protection.   Radiological protection in ONR is about ensuring that workers and members of the public are adequately protected from ionising radiation arising on the wide range of UK nuclear sites and during the transport of radioactive materials. Our team of experienced radiological protection specialists assess dutyholders’ safety cases and risk assessments in the light of our safety assessment principles to ensure that plant is designed, constructed, operated, maintained and decommissioned in such a way that exposure to ionising radiation is kept as low as reasonably practicable and within statutory dose limits. As such, our inspectors are expected to have practical experience of the techniques of dose optimisation, in particular using the hierarchy of control measures, as well as a broad understanding of emergency planning & response and radiological consequence assessments.

Radiological protection specialists in ONR are also expected to support and, in due course, lead specialist assessment of dutyholders’ arrangements against the requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017  (IRR17), the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019  (REPPIR19), and other legislation relevant to radiological protection.

In terms of protecting the public, our radiological protection specialists might well find a role in assessing the adequacy of on-site and off-site emergency arrangements as well as supporting ONR's own arrangements for responding to nuclear or radiological emergencies.

Applying your radiological protection expertise in ONR can give you the chance to significantly widen your influence and make a difference in radiation protection throughout the nuclear industry. This may be through a mix of compliance inspection, producing in-house guidance for inspectors, working with professional bodies and institutions to develop relevant industry good practice nationally and internationally, working with government to develop or revise legislation, and representing ONR/UK internationally. 

Extensive training will be provided on the legal and regulatory aspects of the role, along with opportunities to continue to develop the expand and deepen knowledge in the specialist area and on a range of nuclear technologies.

As experience of regulating nuclear safety increases, all inspectors are given the opportunity to progress and potentially achieve promotion.






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