Current vacancies

Dounreay is Scotland’s largest decommissioning project and is widely recognised as Europe’s most complex nuclear closure programme. For more than 50 years it was known as the centre of the UK’s fast reactor research and development and now the team is aiming to be recognised as a centre of excellence for nuclear decommissioning. Dounreay offers an opportunity to be involved in some of the UK’s most leading edge technical projects, developing unique skills and experiences which are highly sought after across the industry.


Health Physics Surveyor Trainee (more than one post)

Be part of it

Vacancies have arisen within our Operations Directorate for health physics surveyor trainees to support the ongoing decommissioning programme. The training programme will last for 2 years and will include an NVQ in Radiological Protection. Throughout the training your progress will be monitored and assessed against Dounreay standards. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training. 

Main responsibilities

  • Undertake radiation and contamination surveying both at Dounreay and offsite in accordance with the defined routine monitoring program
  • Undertake the changing of air sample and duct sample filter papers, and undertake counting of the filters to determine the activity present
  • Support site operations as they progress by monitoring the radiological conditions and reporting the results
  • Undertake surveying operations in areas with enhanced levels of radioactive contamination wearing appropriate PPE/RPE
  • Review and support the production of health physics documentation
  • Assist with the familiarisation and training of health physics staff
  • Be required to participate in emergency on-call arrangements
  • Perform the responsibilities of local/management appointments relevant to post

Desirable skills, aptitudes and experience

  • Minimum of 3 National 5’s at Grade C or equivalent, including English, Mathematics and one Science subject
  • Open, flexible approach to work and prepared to undergo training
  • The ability to communicate effectively with staff/contractors at all levels
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team


Salary:  £18,191

Reference number:  41/19

Closing date:  6 September 2019

Interviews to be held:  w/b 15 September 2019                                

For further information, contact:

Applications:  Applications forms can be downloaded from

 Applications to:  HR Department,, Traill House, 7 Olrig Street, Thurso, KW14 7BJ

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Nuclear works – Capita Resourcing

As well as the vacancies advertised on our website, opportunities to work at Dounreay are also available through Capita Resourcing