Radiation Detection Analyst

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  • SALARY & BENEFITS £29,035 - 37,924 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
  • EDUCATION LEVEL Undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
  • Job Level Graduate
  • INDUSTRY SECTOR Public Services
Job Description

Do you have practical experience in a nuclear or radiation laboratory?

Do you also have experience analysing and interpreting gamma spectra with some experience of writing / reviewing technical reports?

We are recruiting for a gamma spectroscopy analyst to primarily perform measurements and analysis of routine waste drums and ad-hoc samples arising from the UK Atomic Energy Authority`s site. You will work within the Applied Radiation Technology (ART) Group, which is responsible for supporting and leading experimental nuclear activities with collaborators for the purposes of benchmarking, testing and validating codes, data and nuclear instrumentation

As a key member of the team, you will be responsible for:
-Implementing new methods to receive, monitor and track samples across site
-Supporting the gamma-spectroscopy needs within the Materials Research Facility (MRF) and waste management operations to help categorise waste consignment, monitor safety, characterise samples and perform quality assurance checks and detector calibration
-Provide gamma-spectroscopy support to projects from a range of UKAEA research groups
-Occasionally, detailed modelling to support measurement and analyses of ad-hoc samples

The role will involve responsibilities relating to safe operations of a radiometric laboratory and may involve promotion of nuclear technologies and capabilities relating to fusion to external users and collaborators.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience

To be considered for the role you must possess:
-Practical experience in a nuclear / radiation laboratory (either as part of qualifications or via industry employment)
-Experience using and maintaining radiation detectors, including gamma-spectroscopy equipment like high-purity germanium detectors.
-Experience analysing and interpreting gamma spectra.
-Proven track record of delivering technical work on time.
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

In addition to the above, for the higher level you will also need:
-Demonstrable experience writing technical reports, reviewing technical documents and making recommendations.
-Experience of disseminating technical information to non-technical staff.
-Self-motivated with a strong ability to work as part of a team and independently when required.
-Ability to make recommendations to improve safety where required.

For the role, you will ideally have:
-A relevant physical sciences, mathematics or engineering degree, or equivalent qualification (at the higher level this should be of postgraduate level)
-Familiarity with regulatory clearance requirements for nuclear assay and ISO 17025
-Knowledge and/or experience with analysis software such as Genie 2000 and/or GammaVision and/or Isotopic.
-Knowledge and/or experience with radiation transport codes, such as MCNP and/or GEANT, and/or inventory codes, such as FISPACT-II.

Special requirements:
-Required to work with ionising radiation at times as a non-classified worker under the ionising radiation regulations (1999)

Selection Methods and Notes:

-As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

-Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

-Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

-The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

-Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Applications are welcome from less experienced candidates seeking career development who fulfil the essential criteria for the role attracting a salary range of £29,035 – £31,077 (for the lower level, including market premia payment) or £35,486 – £37,924 (for the higher level, including market premia payment)