Radiation Instrumentation Scientist/Engineer

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18 October 2020
Location: All Locations
Salary: £24,558 - £28,652
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Job Description


Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke, PO12 2DL

About the job


Nucleonic Instrumentation Services (NIS) is a team of scientists, engineers and technicians. We work together as part of a wider Radiation Sciences Group to ensure the Ministry of Defence has the equipment it needs to operate safely around potential radiation hazards. We do this by providing calibration, repair and logistics services, and scientific and practical advice.

Working as an innovative and forward-looking team, we will help you build on your science and engineering background to develop an expertise in radiation detection and measurement instrumentation.

Job description

Working in an established and experienced team, you will support and lead a variety of technical programmes of work for customers and the development of our own facility capability.

In this role you will:

- Lead the development and application of a new capability to assess the dynamic performance of radiation instrumentation

- Provide robust scientific advice on the procurement, maintenance and support of military equipment

- Calibrate radiation instrumentation, working towards the status of Qualified Person responsible for developing and supervising robust procedures


We are looking for someone who has a physics or engineering background with demonstrated strong problem-solving abilities. Experience in the application of radiation sciences would be an advantage but is not essential - an interest in developing your knowledge is!

You will be required to:

- Develop your own knowledge and skills with the support of experienced members of the team

- Identify and resolve scientific and engineering problems

- Apply accredited quality procedures to the calibration of instruments

Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:


- Demonstrated ability to apply physics and/or engineering knowledge to resolve technical problems


- Knowledge or experience of radiation

- Knowledge or experience of instrumentation and the principles of metrology

- Experience with hand tools, soldering and practical electronics work

Personal Qualities:

- Motivated and willing to learn

- Able to both follow existing processes and develop new ways of working

- Enjoy practical problem solving

- Willing to undertake routine calibration duties


Degree in a relevant subject (eg, physics or engineering) or equivalent experience


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Seeing the Big Picture

Communicating and Influencing

Changing and Improving

Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

Changing and Improving

Working Together


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

? Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.

? Flexible Working hours, a rolling 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month

? Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.

? Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.

? Chartership and accreditation support.

? Pension.

? Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.

? A competitive salary.

? Onsite gyms and restaurants.

? Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;

- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network

- Faith and Culture Network

- Parents and Carer Support Network

- Alternative Working Network

- Gender Equality Network

- New Starters Network

- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page 

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

You will be asked to complete an application form and a standardised Civil Service verbal judgement test. This test MUST be completed by 1200 17th October to allow you time to complete the full application form.

If you are successful in the initial sift, you will be invited to an interview which is currently expected to take place at the Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke on the 3rd November subject to covid19 restrictions.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Name : Dstl Recruitment Team

Email : dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Telephone : 01980950000


Recruitment team :

Email : dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

Work Permit:

All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.