Technical Lead - Dosimetry

  • Job Reference: R19270
  • Date Posted: 14 September 2023
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £42,520 to £67,200
  • Sector: Government & Defence, Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

AWE currently have excellent opportunities for a Technical Lead - Dosimetry to join our Radiation Protection and Dosimetry Group, bringing their experience to AWE and to successfully play a key role delivering for our customers.

The Radiation Protection and Dosimetry Group are part of the Science Resource function at AWE. One aspect of our responsibilities includes providing expert advice in radiological measurement and personal dosimetry, ensuring that external dosimetry measurements are technically justified and meet the required technical and regulatory standards.

Technical Lead - Dosimetry

Salary: £42,520 - £67,200 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Location: Reading

Closing Date: 12th October 2023

AWE has been voted one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK again this year. So, when you work with us, you can take advantage of a great package of benefits and development opportunities on top of your salary including:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Every other Friday off (AWE works a 9-day fortnight, so the site is closed every other Friday)
  • Generous pension contributions of between 9% and 13% (defined contribution on your pensionable pay depending on your own contrition)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • Life Assurance
  • Everyday spending discounts - access to savings on a wide range of shops and services exclusive to AWE employees
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

No other organisation in the UK provides radiation protection and dosimetry advise across the same range of applications and customers. Our work covers everything from nuclear manufacturing facilities to forensic laboratories, new build facilities to decommissioning old ones and working on national security operations. Each present their own unique set of challenges meaning that every day is different.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities will include:

  • You will be required to lead developments in radiological measurements and personal dosimetry at AWE.
  • Work closely with the Head of Approved Dosimetry Service to ensure we fulfil our regulatory requirements and looking strategically ahead.
  • Actively engage and provide advice to internal and external customers on personal and environmental dosimetry for external radiations. This includes dosimetry for neutron radiations and criticality accidents.
  • Collaborate closely with the dosimetry labs providing support and expertise to ensure seamless delivery.
  • Lead the development and implementation of new external personal dosimetry technologies and procedures.
  • Develop the use of computer-based simulation methods in support of radiological measurements and personal dosimetry.
  • Provide expertise in radiation-transport codes, such as MCNP and GEANT, for dosimetry and instrumentation application.
  • Support the services provided by AWE Approved Dosimetry Service.
  • Lead the creation, delivery, and assessment of dosimetry training sessions for trainee dosimetrists and trainee health physicists.
  • Represent AWE at national and international forums including External Radiations Dosimetry Group and Criticality Accident Dosemeters User Group, this list above is not exhausted.
  • There is an expectation you will undertake an AWE competence assessment to be appointed as a Technical Authority and maintain ongoing competence whilst in the role.
  • You will require strong interpersonal and communication skills capable of influencing customers, stakeholders, and others in the team.
  • You will require strong reporting, writing and presentation skills.
  • This list above is not exhausted, and additional accountabilities or responsibilities could be assigned if required.

This is an excellent opening for someone who wishes to continue to use their practical, scientific, and technical knowledge and skills in a multi-disciplinary environment that involves both office-based and practical elements and where the ability to communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds is essential. Every day is different!

Potential candidates will have operational or research experience in dosimetry, radiation detection or other associated fields, and have a degree or postgraduate degree in a science, technology or engineering discipline and will be ready and able to apply their experiences, knowledge, skills and qualifications to this role.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.