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Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  starting from £45K DOE

Bridgwater, GB

Career Area:  Health, Safety & Environmental

Radiological Protection Engineer

Vacancy Overview

This role will support the development of the operational radiological protection capability across the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project, including during design, construction, commissioning and the preparations for operation and decommissioning. The Radiological Protection Engineer will support the project to ensure that legal requirements and NNB policies are met in relation to radiological protection, and will strive to achieve world best practices identified by benchmarking with other industry leaders and industry programmes such as WANO, IAEA and INPO.

Nature and Scope

The NNB Pre-Operations Directorate is responsible for the development of the operational capability for HPC, including resource planning and recruitment, training, equipment, facilities, policies and procedures. The Radiological Protection Engineer will report to the Radiological Protection Lead with respect to these activities. As radiological protection is a cross-functional topic, there will be a requirement for the Radiological Protection Engineer to liaise with colleagues in other departments, for example in relation to design, safety case, industrial safety, environmental protection and procurement, to ensure an integrated and consistent approach is taken across the project. This work will require good influencing skills to ensure that where the requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 and specific Nuclear Site Licence conditions differ from French methods, these are well understood by the project teams and taken into account.


The HPC project is a dynamic and evolving project which will go through many transitions during its life cycle from project go-ahead to nuclear operations. The role holder will therefore need to be able to work flexibly in such a changing environment, proactively preparing for and responding to constantly evolving priorities, whilst making sure that fundamental principles relating to safety and environmental protection remain the priority at all times.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Provide input, advice and guidance for all aspects of radiological protection required within the pre-operations strategy and business plan or as requested by the project.
  • Support the development of radiological protection standards, staffing and training that ensure compliance with legal and organisational requirements.
  • Support the specification and procurement of radiological protection facilities and equipment.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders associated with radiological protection, including regulators and industry working groups.
  • Provide on-site support to the HPC construction site during construction, commissioning and operations to ensure a high standard of radiological safety is established and maintained.
  • Ensure the development of the HPC project takes appropriate account of any UK context issues relating to radiological protection, including UK best practices and legislation.
  • Embed best practices across the project, promoting the development of a strong safety culture within the organisation both as it applies to radiological protection and more broadly.
  • Contribute to and support the development of the Pre-Operations organisation as a whole and be an ambassador for the organisation and it’s aims across all activities

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience


  • Degree qualified (or equivalent) in a science-related discipline
  • Experience of developing and implementing arrangements to meet the requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017
  • Good understanding of the principles of radiological protection that apply to nuclear power plant operations
  • Practical experience of applying the principles of radiological protection within 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
  • Operational radiological protection experience in a light water nuclear power plant
  • Knowledge and understanding of the systems on a Nuclear Power Station which support or contribute to radiological safety
  • 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

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