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Health Physics Section Leader

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£39748 - £44166 per annum
Posting live until
2 Apr 2023

Job Details

Health Physics Section Leader

Salary: £39,748 to £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience).

Hours: Full time

Contract Type: Open Ended.

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

At ISIS we harness the power of particle accelerators to see the sub-atomic; enabling the advancement of knowledge and improvement of lives through science.

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences located in South Oxfordshire within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced radiation protection professional to join us in developing our Health Physics capability to be the example of comprehensive operational excellence for accelerator-based neutron sources around the world.

Here at RAL, we ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support teams explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side?

Join us and discover what's possible!

What we are looking for

We are looking for an experienced radiation protection professional with a desire to work in a collaborative culture that values equality, diversity and inclusion. Working with a variety of multi-disciplinary teams to provide excellent service and to continuously improve our radiation protection capability.

ISIS produces radiation as a by-product of its operational activities; prompt radiation from high energy proton, neutron and muons beams, and the radiation and radioactive contamination coming from the activation of various solid materials, liquids and gases (airborne).

As the Health Physics Section Leader you will be responsible for the management and delivery of the health physics and radioactive waste operations capability. Developing the Health Physics team and our working practices, working closely with technical specialists to drive and maintain ALARP principles in projects and throughout operational activities. Your work will involve fostering relationships with internal and external stakeholders, developing and managing your team to provide robust services and management systems, as well as applying state-of-the-art instrumentation, utilising modern IT systems, and maintaining our emergency response commitments.

In our team, you will have excellent opportunities to develop your career. We are committed to the continual professional development of our staff.

Essential aspects you need to be great in this role

  • Have significant practical health physics experience, underpinned by applicable formal qualifications.
  • Be able to demonstrate application of radiation protection best practices in a radiation environment that encompasses a mixed field of gamma, neutron, alpha and beta particles.
  • Enjoy seeking out areas of development to continuously improve our capabilities, take on challenges and inspire change.
  • Have experience in managing service delivery teams with the ability to apply different management styles.
  • Be a good communicator with an ability to communicate effectively, written and oral, for a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Have good IT skills, including MS Office. Be used to working with, and manipulating data in spreadsheets, producing formal written information, reports and presentations.
  • Must be physically able to access areas including tunnels, walkways, and areas at height. Work in designated controlled radiation and contamination areas as a classified radiation worker. Wear personal and respiratory protective equipment as required.
  • Be willing to join in the team's out of hours support roster, including responding to radiological incidents including RADSAFE response.
  • Be willing to travel occasionally within the UK and overseas and hold a UK driving license.


Desirable aspects that would make you better suited to this role

  • Good understanding of radiological protection issues affecting high-energy (proton) accelerator facilities.
  • Experience in emergency response and recovery arrangements for radiological incidents
  • Detailed understanding of selection, use operation and maintenance of radiological instrumentation
  • Practical experience in the application of computer controlled radiation detectors.
  • Basic programming knowledge (macros) and data (statistical) analysis capabilities.
  • Some experience participating in HSE/ONR/EA inspections.
  • Some Project Management experience.
  • Member of the Society for Radiological Protection.
  • NEBOSH certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
Apply online at 

Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

Company info
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX

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