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Health Physics Surveyor Apprentice

Science and Technology Facilities Council - UKRI
Didcot, Oxfordshire
£11,925 per annum rising incrementally to £16,608 in the third year
Closing date
6 Jul 2022
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Health Physics Surveyor Apprentice
Salary: £11,925 per annum rising incrementally to £16,608 in the third year
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years) 
Hours: Full Time 
Closing Date: Sunday 10th July 2022
Interview Dates: TBC (W/C Monday 18th July 2022)

We are recruiting for a Health Physics Surveyor Apprentice to work at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire. Health Physics is essential support service to the operation of the ISIS Neutron and Muon Spallation Source.

You will be based in our Health Physics & Facility Safety Group where your daily duties will be varied and complemented by formal training with Bridgewater & Taunton College, where you will complete a Level 2 Nuclear Health Physics Monitor Apprenticeship.

The Health Physics & Facility Safety Group supports the radiation protection function and the radioactive waste service at ISIS. In the workplace you will develop the technical skills and competencies required to provide health physics monitoring support and assistance to staff and users at ISIS. You will also gain the knowledge and skills required for the safe characterisation and processing of radioactive waste prior to its safe disposal.

What will I be doing?
You will gain knowledge and an understanding of:

  • The operation of a high energy proton accelerator and the scientific beamlines
  • The principles of radiological safety including the As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) principle
  • The fundamental principles of radiation types, sources, hazards and appropriate control measures
  • The purpose and limitations of different types of radiation monitoring instrumentation in order to measure, calculate and assess radiological conditions in the workplace
  • The importance of keeping records of all monitoring activities (e.g. written reports, use of information technology (IT))
  • The reason for and application of a safety management system of operating procedures and risk assessment
  • The significance of relative STFC safety policies, legal requirements for the use and control of ionising radiations.

You will gain skills to enable you to:

  • Function test radiation monitoring instrumentation using calibrated radioactive sources
  • Use specialist radiation monitoring instrumentation to monitor for:
    • Surface and airborne radioactive contamination
    • Radiation dose rates
    • Personal radioactive contamination and how to respond accordingly
    • Characterisation of radioactive waste
    • Clearance of plant, equipment and samples
  • Undertaking radiation related work activities safely and competently
  • Use of overhead travelling cranes and forklift trucks
  • Participate in emergency response arrangements to protect personnel, plant and the environment
  • Communicate radiological protection information effectively, using a variety of communication methods in a timely, positive, challenging and professional manner.

What qualifications will I obtain:

  • Level 2 Nuclear Health Physics Monitor Apprenticeship (ST0290)
  • Health Physics Monitoring in the Nuclear Industry (Theory) Level 2
  • Level 2 NVQ in Radiation Protection
  • OSH Working Safely

What do I need to consider?
This is a three-year scheme. You will work normal office hours between 08:00 – 16:00 Monday to Thursday, 08:00 – 15:00 Friday. You will need to wear personal protective equipment, necessary for work in radiologically designated areas as and when required.

As part of the role, you will occasionally need to wear respiratory protective equipment. This role provides an exciting opportunity to explore and experience various aspects of the RAL site and provides great science and engineering based experience.

As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed against government standard requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training. Within the last six months of your apprenticeship you will undertake an assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Health Physics Surveyor. 

Special Conditions
You will be required to attend the National College for Nuclear (NCfN) - Bridgwater & Taunton College for four 1 week blocks in year one as part of your training, you must be willing to stay overnight. Travel and subsistence costs will be covered. 

Please note you will be required to wear positive pressure respiratory protective equipment.
Shortlisting Criteria:

  • A minimum of 3 GCSE passes at Level 4 (Grade C) or above including Maths, English and Science
  • Functional Skills Level will also be considered as equivalent to GCSE Level 4 (Grade C). (Other equivalent qualifications may be considered)
  • Good written communication skills as demonstrated in your CV and Covering Letter
  • An interest in science, engineering and technology and demonstrated in your Covering Letter
  • Able to use Microsoft Office / Office 365, in particular Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Interview Criteria: 

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work using own initiative
  • Ability to follow instructions including technical instructions in English
  • Self-motivated, willing to undertake the work required with the training provider and in the workplace
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Deliver a 10 minute presentation on a subject of personal interest
  • Good problem solving skills.

You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close this vacancy once we have received sufficient applications.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

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As part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) supports research in astronomy, physics and space science, and operates world-class research facilities for the UK.

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