Principal Radiological Protection Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 26 Nov 2018

Reference number





Grade 7
Payband 7

Contract type


Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description

An opportunity exists for a principal scientist in environmental radiological protection in the Radiological and Chemical Sciences (RACS) Group at Cefas. The work area comprises a diverse group of scientists who provide high quality radioanalytical support, data interpretation and scientific advice to a comprehensive portfolio of UK and international customers, including UK environment agencies, foreign governments and private companies in the nuclear industry.

The role offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced environmental radiological protection influence Cefas’ radiological science and to expand our national and international portfolio of projects.

The key focus of this post is to develop our scientific excellence and expand our radioanalytical services portfolio. You must be a skilled researcher with an environmental radiological protection research background, have a broad working knowledge of radioactivity in the marine and terrestrial environment, and have an understanding of environmental assessments.
The role will involve providing technical input to Cefas’ radioanalytical monitoring programme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which includes the monitoring and dose assessments of the food safety implications of radioactive wastes discharges to the environment. As a senior advisor, you will provide complex radiological advice to a range of UK environment agencies and international customers, which will require in depth knowledge of radiological policy and UK and European legislation. There will be opportunities to contribute to our radioanalytical work in our growing Middle East portfolio as well as contributing significantly to the direction and development of national and international funding opportunities and research proposals.
You will have the opportunity to use your existing network to promote Cefas’ science internally and externally and will contribute significantly to the development our radiological science. You must be recognised at international level, with a track record of peer reviewed papers, authorship of reports, and presenting at a national and international level at various fora.
You will contribute to the development of innovations in our radiological projects, advise on our science capability need and contribute towards workforce planning. You will take an active role in developing our radiological scientists and will provide mentoring and technical developmental support.

In addition to a relevant degree and an affiliated or full membership of the Society for Radiological Protection, you will have:

• Substantial experience as scientific expert with recognition at national and international level.
• An environmental radiological protection research background.
• A track record of authorship of reports and peer reviewed papers, and presentation skills.
• In depth knowledge of radiological policy and UK and European legislation.
• A solid understanding of radioactivity in the marine environment.
• An understanding of environmental assessments.
• A successful track record of winning and delivering high quality environmental radiological protection projects.
• The ability to provide radiological protection advice to a range of UK and international customers.
• The ability to innovate and develop strategic ideas.
• The ability to enthuse, mentor and develop team members.
• Examples of decision making to resolve problems, organise and prioritise effectively in a multi-task environment.
• Experience of successful team working as well as effective verbal and written communication.

You must have the ability to meet demanding deadlines with a flexible approach to work as you will be working on different projects simultaneously. You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate ideas and plans clearly, influencing at departmental, government and external organisation levels. You must have good IT skills, including a working knowledge of standard Microsoft applications.

Person specification

Please demonstrate how your previous experience and skills will enable you to meet the requirements of the Job Description


A relevant degree and substantial experience


Candidates should be an affiliated or full member of the Society for Radiological Protection


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
  • Making effective decisions
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Leading and communicating

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using the Civil Service Competency Framework. Guidance on writing competency examples is available: A brief guide to competencies
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and Interviews will be held at Cefas Lowestoft NR33 0HT
Cefas does not contribute to interview expenses, however we are able to offer an initial interview via Skype if candidates are unable to travel to Lowestoft

Further information

Reasonable adjustment
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If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

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