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Health Physics Support Technician/ Environmental Technician Supervisor

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory has a vacancy for a Health Physics Support Technician/ Environmental Technician Supervisor

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 30 Nov 2020
  • United Kingdom | Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Date posted: 05 Nov 2020
  • Job type: Government/Public sector
  • Disciplines: Medical physics, cancer research & oncology  | Earth & environmental science 


Dstl Alverstoke.

About the job


The Chemical, Biological and Radiological Division (CBR) of Dstl provides an integrated Chemistry, Biology, Radiation and Medical Sciences capability, delivering technical services, scientific research, advice and consultancy, and an emergency response capability in support of UK defence and security.

Do you have a passion for the environment and working in a variety of locations?

If so, this is an exciting opportunity for an individual keen to apply their knowledge and skills to supervise radiation related survey work. We want to recruit someone with experience in health physics, radiation protection, environmental science or contaminated land to join our Radiation Sciences Group and provide routine survey and monitoring for radiological and workplace hazards to our military and civilian customers.

We offer excellent training and personal development opportunities, which makes this role particularly suited to an individual wishing to broaden their experience and the range of work they undertake.

Job description

We will build on your skills and knowledge to enable you to:

  • Conduct radiological surveys in land and marine environments to support an ongoing environmental monitoring programme on Ministry of Defence sites.
  • Other work includes monitoring and categorisation of radiological material, building surveys and radiological desk studies.


  • Planning and preparing all aspects of radiological surveys and other health physics work covering safety, technical and quality requirements in collaboration with Project Teams.
  • Researching and writing summary reports for land quality studies and following surveys.
  • Maintaining land survey equipment and supplies.
  • Encouraging the continual improvement of quality, service and technical standards.
  • Coaching others to develop technical excellence and build resilience.
  • Supporting wider Group activities to ensure operational efficiency.

Emergency Response

  • Following a period of training, the successful candidate will provide on call support to the MOD Nuclear Emergency Monitoring Organisation, participate in exercises as a designated Classified Radiation Worker and Monitoring Controller.

Professional development
Professional development will include achieving and maintaining Dstl RPA Body appointment as a Health Physics Support Technician.


We’re looking for someone:

  • Who has experience in working in radiation protection.
  • Able to work collaboratively to plan and embed technical quality and safety into fieldwork.
  • Capable of undertaking a variety of health physics tasks in various locations.
  • With the ability to develop colleague’s technical skills to help them work safely and efficiently.

Important information

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past five years.

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise. We work closely with the defence and security industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.


Full driving license. The role will be based at the Alverstoke site but will regularly require travel to/working at remote customer sites, where public transport may not be available.


City & Guilds Radiation Safety Practice Stage 2 or NVQ equivalent and/or a related degree or qualification such as environmental, earth or geo sciences.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Working together
  • Developing self and others
  • Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Experience of conducting environmental surveys and monitoring techniques or experience of contaminated land work either practically or preparation of environmental impact assessments or similar.
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge/understanding of the legislative requirements associated with nuclear and/or radiation operations (e.g. IRR17, EPR16 and EPA).


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 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 fulfills 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 two weeks full pay.
  • Chartership and accreditation support.
  • Pension.
  • Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to five 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 recognizes 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 pass a disclosure and barring security check.
  • 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.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your behaviours, experience and technical skills.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for all disabled applicants who provide evidence in their application of meeting the minimum essential requirements of the post, set out in the job description. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

The Sift will be completed by 27 November and will assess your answers to the technical skills/behaviour statements/questions and how your CV/personal statement matches the requirements for the role as detailed in the attached job description.

Interviews will be held on 9, 10, 11 December and will consist of a combined technical and behavioural interview assessing your skills and experience in relation to the job description. you will be required to provide a 10-minute presentation describing how your skills meet the requirement for this role.

Due to the current situation interviews are likely to be held via video link and full details will be sent to you should you be invited to an interview.

Please note that Dstl will be contacting individuals via email and you should check your junk mail folder regularly. Any attachments may not be available via smartphone or tablet views.

If you are applying for this position as a Job Share please indicate if you have a partner who is also applying for this vacancy and if you are successful but they are not if you would still consider the role.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Recruitment team, e-mail

Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within five working days.

Reference number

£24,500 – £29,000

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Contract type

Business area
DSTL – Chemical, Biological & Radiological Division, Radiation Sciences Group, Survey and Sensing Team

Type of role
Environment and Sustainability
Health and Safety

Working pattern
Flexible working, full-time

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