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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  Competitive & Benefits

Bridgwater, GB

Career Area:  Nuclear & Scientific

Radiation Protection Engineer

The Opportunity


Radiation Protection Engineer, Somerset, Competitive Salary & Benefits


EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C, one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects,  has an exciting new opportunity for a Radiation Protection Engineer to support Nuclear New Build’s oversight and assurance arrangements for work with ionising radiation at the Hinkley Point C construction site.


The role will involve writing and reviewing radiation risk assessments, local rules and contingency plans; setting, and maintaining oversight of, the radiological safety standards on the construction site; and providing expert advice to NNB on how work with ionising radiation should be executed safely and compliantly.


In order to cover the scope of work the role will include managing a team that includes a Radiography Co-ordinator and a number of Radiation Protection Technicians.


The majority of work with ionising radiation on the HPC construction site involves non-destructive testing of plant and equipment using high activity radioactive sources and electrical radiation generators (radiography). This work presents a significant risk to the safety of all construction workers if inadequately executed. 


You will provide expert advice on work with ionising radiation at the construction site, reducing the risks to workers from planned work and unplanned events, and potential delays to the construction schedule. This will involve evaluating proposed non-destructive testing techniques, ensuring the most effective option is chosen to reduce radiation exposures as low as reasonably practicable.


You will also be expected to support the oversight of radiography tasks, including conducting radiological surveys, reviewing radiation exposures, and providing day to day management of radioactive sources and radiological protection equipment. Due to the nature of radiography, this may require work on evenings, nights and weekends. The Radiological Protection Engineer will be expected to liaise with contractors to ensure the safe and timely execution of the work.

On a day-to-day basis you will:


•    Write radiation risk assessments, local rules and contingency plans for work with ionising radiation involving NNB staff
•    Review radiological protection documents produced by contractors to ensure they meet the requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulation 2017, and the site’s radiological safety standards.
•    Assess NDT techniques, identifying the most effective solution to maintain radiation exposures ALARP.
•    Provide oversight and assurance of work involving the use of ionising radiation, and the storage of radioactive sources.
•    Manage the compliance arrangements for work with ionising radiation on the construction site, including equipment and procedures.
•    Provide expert advice on routine matters and in the event of a radiological incident.

The Person


Our ideal candidate has several years’ experience in radiological protection within the industrial or nuclear sector,  and is able to work independently and take on a high level of responsibility. They will also have a willingness to be flexible in their working arrangements outside of core office hours should workload require.

The Skills



•    Degree qualified (or equivalent) in a science-related discipline
•    Experience of developing, implementing and providing assurance of arrangements to meet the requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017
•    Good understanding of the principles of radiological protection relating to industrial radiography
•    Experience of working as a radiological protection engineer / health physicist in a dynamic work environment.


•    The holder of a current and valid certificate of competency as a Radiation Protection Adviser (or equivalent).
•    Chartered with a relevant professional body
•    Experience of interacting with nuclear and environmental regulators
•    Experience of working within a project organisation
•    Experience and knowledge of other safety regulations in the UK including CDM 
•    Understanding of the quality assurance requirements within the nuclear industry

Competitive Salary & Benefits


We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a defined contribution pension scheme, a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle, and the opportunity to earn bonus.

Why EDF Energy?


EDF Energy is a core part of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy and Belgium. We're the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain, the largest supplier to British businesses, and we employ more than 13,000 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We are playing a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK to secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.

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