Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Vacancy for Band 3 Nuclear Safety Inspector - Structural Integrity

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;
  • Influencing safety improvements;
  • Investigating incidents;
  • Participating in emergency exercises;
  • Developing strategic approaches to secure high standards in the industry;
  • Managing nuclear research contracts.

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 ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders internally and externally both verbally and in writing is an essential attribute.

The focus is on working as part of multi-disciplinary teams to ensure compliance with the law, reassure the public and improve safety standards. When Inspectors find shortcomings in compliance they initially provide advice but may take formal enforcement action if appropriate. 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.

Structural Integrity

What does structural integrity mean in ONR?

As an ONR Structural Integrity Inspector, you will be concerned with the integrity of pressure vessels, pipework, tanks, and their supporting structures.

With Advanced Gas-Cooled reactors (AGRs) this includes the boilers within the concrete pressure vessel; the steam, feed and other pipework that sit outside the pressure vessels; reactor internals; and the graphite core itself. For Light Water Reactors it includes the nuclear safety significant vessels including the reactor pressure vessel; associated pipework; and vessel internal structures.  For chemical plants it includes the main processing vessels and pipework that contain radioactive materials.

Who do we need?

We are looking for experts who not only have a specialism related to structural integrity, but those who have developed an understanding of the inter-relationship between stresses, materials and defects in structural integrity; the different aspects that contribute to a structural integrity safety case.

As well as providing guidance and advice in your specialism, you would need to be able to take the lead on the technical assessment of structural integrity aspects of safety cases and in making judgements on the adequacy of the safety case.  If you are looking for a challenging yet rewarding move in your career, with the ability to make a real difference, then send us your application.

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