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Employment Type:  Full/Part Time
Employment Period: 
Salary:  40,069-84892

Morecambe, GB

Career Area:  Engineering, Nuclear & Scientific

Reactor Physicist / Nuclear Safety Engineer

Do you want the opportunity to work in support of operating reactors at Heysham 1? Are you focused on delivering Nuclear Safety and Plant Performance?


The Opportunity


The Nuclear Safety Group maintains an oversight of nuclear safety at the Station with specific responsibilities for implementing the Station's Safety Case, demonstrating compliance and carrying out plant performance tasks including specifying reactor refuelling, monitoring safety margins, and providing reactor physics advice to the Operators.


Your role will be focused primarily on Safety Case development and implementation, working with Design Authority, Engineering and Operations staff to ensure fit-for-purpose safety cases are effectively implemented and compliance demonstrated.


Pay, benefits and culture


This opportunity will offer a salary between £40,069 – £84,892 and a very attractive benefits package, including a range of flexible benefits that support our employees’ physical, emotional and financial wellbeing.


At EDF, everyone’s welcome. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone has a voice and where you feel confident being yourself.  We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.  We’d like our future workforce to have an equal gender balance, represent a broad mix of people from minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+, those with a disability and supporting social mobility.  We are a disability confident employer and we’ll do all we can to help you thought the process, making adjustments along the way as required.   

We value the difference you bring and offer opportunities for you to thrive and succeed.  


What you'll be doing


Alongside reporting into the Nuclear Safety Group Head, you’ll take on responsibilities within two technical areas: Reactor Physics and Safety Case implementation.


The Safety Case area will involve:

  • Authoring and verifying updates to the Safety Case and assessing the Nuclear Safety aspects of plant modifications
  • Ownership of the station operating rules and ensuring compliance with the nuclear site license
  • Providing advice on the safe operation of plant and safety systems


The Reactor Physics area involves:

  • Performing routine physics evaluations and predictions
  • Preparing refuelling assessments for the reactors and development work on Reactor Physics codes and processes
  • Providing advice to the Operations Department to assist in optimising Station performance within a sage operational envelope.


This is not a definitive list as the scope of work for the Nuclear Safety Group is expanding and will include the development of strategies for efficient use of fuel during the approach to the end of Generation phase for the plant and shaping of the Safety Cases to enable efficient defueling of the reactors.


The successful applicant would be expected to be involved in both technical areas to some degree but primarily working on safety case implementation following offsite training at EDF's Gloucester Business Park, on-site training in classroom and mentoring by experienced personnel.


Who you are


You will have either a HNC or Degree in a relevant scientific discipline such as Maths, Engineering, Science, Physics etc.


You’ll ideally come from within the Nuclear Industry or have experience with heavy plant systems and processes.


Closing date for applications: Sunday February 25th

Interviews will held week commencing week commencing Monday March 4th



Applicants will be required to obtain CTC level vetting prior to taking up their duties.


To be appointed to this role, you will need to meet the criteria for Security Vetting which will, ordinarily, require you to have been a resident of the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years.


Join us. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero.




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