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UK Atomic Energy Authority Health Physics Technician / Trainee Health Physics Technician in Culham, United Kingdom
Who are we looking for? We are looking for either a Health Physics Technician or a Trainee Health Physics Technician. The role will be varied and is one of the few positions where support to operations is required in all areas of site. As a Technician, you will be required to maintain a radiological protection and occupational hygiene service and also provide specialised monitoring support for a wide range of radiological and workplace hazards. You will provide operational Health Physics advice as requested to engineers and plant technicians for radiological and beryllium related tasks at Culham. To be succeful you will require strong interpersonal skills, the ability to flexibly respond to changes in operational priorities and deliver a high-quality service to a wide range of professional engineers and technicians. A full and clean driving licence is required. What will you be responsible for? Key duties: * Undertake routine surface and airborne contamination monitoring for the control of radiological and beryllium hazards for assessment of site working procedures. * Set up work areas with the appropriate designation for radiological/beryllium. Ensure control measures are correctly applied and written procedures followed as per work permits/authorisations. * Audit of NDT radiography operations. * Perform confined space atmospheric checks and other occupational hygiene measurements for hazardous chemicals as required for work control. * Respond to requests for support in response to incidents including spills, leaks, releases of radioactivity, chemical release or for site emergency conditions. * Level 3 Technician roles can provide cover for overtime, shifts and on-call support (including RADSAFE) when required, once training is complete. Health Physics Technicians may need to be designated as Classified Radiation Workers under IRR17 and under site procedures will be registered beryllium workers for which a medical examination is required. Candidates will also need to be medically fit to wear pressurised suits and other respiratory protective equipment. You may also be required to provide cover for overtime, shifts and on-call support. Essential skills, experience and competence required Level 2: Experience working with ionising radiation and beryllium environment in another role (non-Health Physics) but will require further training to become a qualified Health Physics Technician or less than 6 month operational experience after completion of relevant radiation protection qualifications. Level 2: GCSE Mathematics and English Language passes to Grade C (level 4-9) Plus, three other GCSE passes to Grade C (level 4-9) Level 3 only: Completion of any of the following qualifications: Nuclear Health Physics Apprenticeship; NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Radiation protection or; City & Guilds Radiation Safety Practice Stage 1 qualifications Level 3: 6 months operational experience after completion of relevant radiation protection qualifications Desirable skills, experience and competence Level 2: Site experience with working in radiological and beryllium designated areas Level 3: A minimum of 6 months experience as a fully qualified health physics technician What we offer * A competitive salary * A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors * An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives * Flexible working options including family friendly policies * Emergency leave (paid) * 30.5 days annual leave increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays * Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme) * Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme * Annual corporate bonus scheme * Relocation allowance (if eligible) We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire. Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on _4th August 2022. _We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received. Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions. Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.