Higher Radiation Protection Scientist
UK Health Security Agency
Apply before 11:55 pm on Saturday 25th February 2023
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The Radiation Dosimetry Department provides authoritative public health information and advice about exposures to lasers and optical radiation, electromagnetic fields, and ionising radiation used for medical diagnostic imaging. In addition, the department provides the secretariat to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE).
The work of the Department encompasses the provision and maintenance of calibration facilities, research programmes of physical measurement and theoretical dosimetry, health hazard exposure assessments, and the development of standards. It includes the provision of training courses, and liaison and collaborative input to national and international bodies concerned with setting and promulgating standards for protection.
The Electromagnetic Fields Dosimetry (EMFD) Group's role is to assess exposure characteristics of emerging and established EMF technologies, including mobiles phones, base stations and power lines.
The group acts as the national contact point for UKHSA’s advice on the public health aspects of exposures to electromagnetic fields; input to regulations; research on health impacts and environmental monitoring of exposures to electromagnetic fields; training and input to the international and national guidance and standards on exposure to electromagnetic fields; development of methodology of public and occupational exposure assessments, and measurement infrastructure; support to the electromagnetic field capabilities of the RCE Operational Services Department.
The post holder will contribute to the provision of highly specialised scientific services, and scientific research and development work. This will include:
- Experimental assessment of exposure from sources of electromagnetic fields using specialised scientific equipment. This may be in the laboratory or off site.
- Technical, computing and analytical work underpinning the assessment of exposure of people to electromagnetic fields.
- Developing methodologies and instrumentation for the assessment of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
- Contributing to externally funded research and services work, including lectures and other support with training courses.
- Working within a project management framework, agreeing and respecting allocated budgets, managing risks and maintaining quality standards.
- Participation in the UKHSA response to radiological emergencies, in accordance with the roles described in the RCE Emergency Plan. These roles will include carrying out environmental sampling and measurements as part of an emergency monitoring team, and laboratory analysis of samples.
The work requires a wide range of developed skills building on solid practical and theoretical foundations from physics or electrical engineering. A general awareness of wider public health disciplines including biology and epidemiology is also required.
The post holder will plan and carry out a range of scientific duties, including:
- Laboratory work and scientific functions. These will involve physics, mathematical modelling, biology, epidemiology, laboratory work, and engineering as appropriate.
- The assessment of exposure to EMF by means of measurement and calculation for a range of exposure sources and situations.
- The assessment of exposure from EMF sources and facilities on the premises of customers, and the writing of technical reports incorporating the results of any measurements, recommendations for safe working etc.
- Routine maintenance checks on specialised laboratory facilities, and confirmation of the satisfactory operation of safety and warning systems.
- Educated to degree level in a physical science or electrical/electronic engineering discipline, or equivalent level of experience working at a similar level in specialist area
- Experience of electromagnetic field (EMF) sources and applications
- Understanding and ability to apply electromagnetic theory
- Ability to carry out specialised work tasks in support of scientific projects and make technical decisions to resolve complex equipment or process problems
- Strong mathematical/statistical and analytical skills to use existing computational models and ability to write new codes
- Confident in use of Microsoft office packages, especially Word and Excel
- Ability to communicate effectively, formally, informally, orally and in writing (including presentation of scientific work) to colleagues, customers, and representatives from other organisations
- Technical competence in performing measurements coupled with good numeracy skills
- Ability to observe and question to gather information and sift it to disregard the irrelevant and identify key issues
- Ability to assess complex situations and interpret detailed documents that may include legislation
- Capable of working accurately and consistently in setting up equipment and in making complex measurements
- Ability to analyse and interpret information, pre-empt and evaluate issues, and recommend appropriate courses of action to address the issues
- Problem solving skills, strategic thinking and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands
- Attention to detail combined with the ability to extract key messages from complex analysis
- Ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines; also able to prioritise the workload
- Excellent organisational skills
- Ability to work largely unsupervised
- Ability to remain focussed on a task and concentrate on the matter in hand (e.g. when carrying out detailed measurement protocols).
- Good time management and ability to work to tight deadlines
- Ability to ‘think on feet’
- Ability to work on own initiative and organise own workload without supervision working to tight and often changing timescales
- Adaptability, flexibility and ability to cope with uncertainty and change
- Able to manipulate equipment and perform experiments in the EMF laboratory.
- Able to operate a DSE workstation.
- Able to load/unload measurement equipment from vehicles when performing surveys.
- Current full UK driving licence and ability to drive vehicles to off-site locations.
- An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships.
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
Selection process details
This vacancy will be assessed using a competency- based framework which will assess your technical skills, knowledge, experience, capabilities and qualifications, against those outlined in the essential criteria and job description AND main duties/responsibilities.
You will also be asked to provide information within the ‘Employer/ Activity history’ section of the application form. This is equivalent to the information you would provide on a CV, setting out your career history. This will be used in sifting process and will be scored.
Stage 1: Application & Sift
As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a detailed Personal Statement of no more than a 1000 words. This should outline how you consider your skills, knowledge and experience meet the essential criteria and main duties; providing evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria outlined.
Applicants are strongly advised to use the essential criteria as sub-headings in the application to make it clear how you meet each of the essential criteria.
Stage 2: Panel Interview
All candidates who are successful at the sift stage will progress to an in-person interview and will be assessed on the essential criteria as advertised.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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