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Nuclear Safety Inspector - Radiation Protection (REF: )

£71,033 - £85,309 | Bootle, London, Cheltenham

Nuclear Safety Inspector – Radiation Protection

£71,033 - £85,309 (plus £4,052 London Weighting Allowance if applicable) + generous benefits

Bootle, Cheltenham, London

We perform a varied, challenging and crucial role every day that many in society care deeply about. As a Nuclear Safety Inspector, so will you.


The challenge

Often in the public eye, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is an evolving public corporation. Essentially, we’re responsible for shaping and delivering the regulation of nuclear safety and security across the UK. Our Inspectors are on the frontline, using their skills to ensure that the nuclear industry controls its hazards effectively. It’s a role that comes with responsibility, but also great variety and the chance to develop professionally. 

The role

As part of our Nuclear Safety Inspector team, you’ll take on an exciting challenge that’s right at the heart of work. Every day, our Inspectors check compliance, improve safety standards and provide reassurance to the public. Tasks can range from enforcing the law and investigating incidents, to on-site inspections and assessing safety submissions, depending on specialism. In all cases, Inspectors must work with numerous stakeholders, giving advice, explaining decisions and taking formal enforcement action if necessary.

Radiological Protection is major part of our remit and involves one of our biggest teams. Inspectors in this area play a critical role in ensuring that workers and members of the public are protected from ionising radiation at UK nuclear sites and during the transport of radioactive materials. As a specialist, you could tackle compliance inspection, shape legislation or work with professional bodies and institutions to develop industry practice, nationally and internationally. With this wide range of challenges, you can build your experience while keeping people safe and making an impact UK-wide and beyond. 

The person

At this level, you’ll need a relevant STEM degree (or equivalent), chartered membership of a relevant radiation professional body and extensive radiation protection experience, ideally in the nuclear field. You should have technical knowledge in one or more of relevant legislation, dose optimisation techniques, radiation safety cases/ risk assessments, or radiological consequence analysis. We will provide training on the legal and regulatory matters to make you an ‘inspector’. Whatever your background, you’ll have a proven track record, plus the credibility to inspire trust and influence. Collaborative and organised, you apply sound judgement, make informed decisions, build relationships and communicate clearly. With natural resilience too, you thrive in fast-paced settings. 

The rewards

We offer competitive salaries at the ONR, with this role attracting a salary of £71,033 - £85,309 (plus £4,052 London Weighting Allowance if applicable). Furthermore, you’ll be eligible for a substantial Civil Service Pension scheme (including ill-health retirement and lump sum family benefits). Plus, you’ll receive a generous holiday entitlement.


About us

ONR is a Public Corporation with a Mission to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry, holding it to account on behalf of the public. Our staff are drawn from a wide range of professional backgrounds with specialist inspectors to deliver our core business including civil engineering, radiological protection, human factors, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear physics. And together they’re involved in everything from assessing safety cases, inspecting nuclear sites, communicating our decisions, training new recruits and representing the UK and ONR within the wider international nuclear community.


To find out more and apply, visit our website.


Closing date: 07 July 2021