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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.


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Senior Health Physicist
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A vacancy has arisen for a senior health physicist to support the on-going programme of decommissioning work at Dounreay. The job holder will be responsible for providing the site projects with relevant and timely information and support in line with legal requirements.


Main responsibilities

  • Undertake health physics competence assessment
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to Dounreay on the implementation of radiation protection management processes and standard
  • Contribute to the development of and provide specialist radiation protection training
  • Support the maintenance of codes of practice, standards and guidance
  • Participate in the site audit programme as a specialist advisor
  • Develop and undertake local audit and inspection to ensure compliance with Dounreay management systems and Ionising Radiations Regulations
  • Deliver specified tasks from The Dounreay Plan
  • Assist in the development of site emergency procedures and contingency arrangements
  • Interface with stakeholders, including regulators and auditors on radiation protection issues
  • Represent Dounreay at internal forums
  • Supervise and support health physicists and trainees
  • Provide health physicist cover to site on a rota basis
  • Be an appointed radiation protection adviser (RPA)
  • Support the implementation of emerging topics as defined by the radiological protection manager
  • Perform the responsibilities of management appointments relevant to post
  • Be appointed to radioactive waste adviser corporate body


Desirable skills, aptitudes and experience

  • Qualified to degree level in Science or equivalent qualification and experience
  • Hold a valid Certificate of Competence to be a RPA
  • Have a minimum of five years health physics experience
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills for dealing with a wide range of Dounreay and external contactor personnel, along with good organisational and IT skills
  • Able to demonstrate good organisational and planning skills
  • Have a positive approach, be self-motivated, assertive and poses the ability to use initiative


The package includes relocation assistance (where appropriate), a company pension scheme and generous annual leave entitlement.

Applications can be downloaded from:

Salary range:  Negotiable on appointment

For further information contact:  Anthony Ridgley, Tel: 01847 806806 or email:

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

Closing date:  6 May 2020

Reference:  13/20

Nuclear works – Capita Resourcing

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