Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT
About the job
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 scientist.to 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.
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
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