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Nuclear Safety Inspector – Fault Analysis (Fault Studies/Probabilistic Safety Analysis)

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has a vacancy for a Nuclear Safety Inspector

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 08 Jun 2021
  • United Kingdom | Office for Nuclear Regulation
  • Date posted: 12 May 2021
  • Job type: Government/Public sector
  • Disciplines: Nuclear, fusion & energy  | Earth & environmental science 

£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. 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 Great Britain. Our Inspectors are on the frontline, using their skills to keep the country safe. It’s a role that comes with responsibility, but also great variety and the chance to develop professionally. 

The role

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

Fault Analysis is a crucial area for ONR and we’re looking for specialists in both Fault Studies (Design Basis Analysis and associated deterministic techniques) and Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA). Both roles involve assessing the adequacy of safety case submissions, making judgements on the suitability of analysis to support permissioning decisions, and ensuring that nuclear safety risks have been reduced as low as is reasonably practicable. Drawing on your expertise to support colleagues ONR-wide, you’ll build your knowledge (with the help of ONR training) and get an incredible insight into our work.

The person

Both these roles call for a relevant degree (or equivalent) and membership of a professional body.. You’ll have extensive knowledge, gained through application of either deterministic or probabilistic accident analysis techniques, of nuclear facility safety cases, including where appropriate familiarity with relevant computer codes and safety standards With this expertise, you’ll have the credibility to inspire trust and influence. Collaborative and organised, with excellent communication skills, you’ll apply sound judgment, make informed decisions, build relationships and thrive in a fast-paced setting.

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 fault analysis. 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, please visit our website.


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