Radiation Protection Adviser/Radiation Waste Adviser

University of Glassgow
February 18, 2024
Offerd Salary:£48,350 - £56,021
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Contract Type:Open-ended
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Radiation Protection Adviser/Radiation Waste Adviser

Job Purpose

In this role, you will manage the Radiation Protection Service providing advice and specialist services to the University community in the areas of Ionising Radiation, Non-Ionising Radiation and Radioactive Waste management ensuring compliance with current legislation, including the Ionising Radiations Regulation 2017, the Environmental Authorisation (Scotland) Regulations 2018 and the Nuclear Safeguards (EU exit) Regulations 2019.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Lead and manage a small team of qualified and experienced radiation safety professional and technical staff and undertake administrative and budgetary management of the Radiation Protection Service management unit. Ensure that RPS staff remain professionally trained and competent to fulfil the legal requirements of the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

2. Provide an authoritative professional interpretation of the requirements of radiation safety and relevant environmental and nuclear safeguards legislation and guidance to University managers at institutional and at College/School/ Service levels, taking a leading strategic role in the development of the corporate policies and procedures required across the institution to meet these standards. Monitor forthcoming EU, UK and Scottish legislation on pertinent safety and environmental management issues relevant to the HE sector.

3. Drive and support the development of procedural arrangements across the institution ensuring that these are legally compliant and aligned with wider institutional priorities and objectives. Ensure that RPS provides high quality professional guidance and support to staff at all levels within all University management units.

4. In conjunction with staff within the RPS team, provide professional advice on the requirements of specialist radiation safety and relevant environmental legislation and guidance to assist School and Service managers across the University to develop and maintain suitable radiation safety and waste disposal procedures within their area of control.

5. Complete and submit all necessary applications for authorisations, exemptions, permits and licences legally required by the University by radiation safety and relevant environmental legislation.

6. Oversee management, accountancy and operation of radiation waste disposal, including management of the University Radioactive Waste Store and isotope deliveries (which are conducted by the RPS professional and technical staff, including this post, in University vehicles), waste contracts and periodic retendering of these ensuring delivery of a cost effective, reliable and legally compliant service.

7. Oversee and operate a comprehensive and robust programme of internal audit, examining radiation safety management policies, procedures and practices both at institutional level and within individual University management units, with the aim of ensuring legally compliant arrangements, practices, radiation safety controls, contingencies and equipment. Provide reports and recommendations to senior management level.

8. Oversee and manage a programme of multi-media radiation safety and waste training aimed at University staff and students, including the provision of externally accredited courses, to develop and maintain the competence of key University management staff, senior operational staff and other staff and students across the institution, procuring appropriate training provision by external tender where necessary.

9. Ensure institution understanding of incident reporting and investigation processes, overseeing and undertaking investigation of radiation incidents, onward reporting to relevant enforcement bodies where required and preparation of recommendations on preventative actions where appropriate.

10. Oversee and deliver a comprehensive and robust programme of personal dose monitoring arrangements and equipment for relevant students and employees working with radiation, managing and maintaining records of personal doses for the legally required period(s) of time and tendering/ procuring and managing appropriate dosimetry service contracts to support this. Assign classified and non-classified worker designations for those working with radiation and calculate and advise on dose estimates for work with specific radioactive materials, including radiopharmaceuticals.

11. Oversee technical management, calibration and maintenance of equipment provided for the monitoring of levels of ionising radiation, ensuring those using the equipment are competent to do so through the provision of suitable training as required.

12. Evaluate and assess existing work environments and equipment, and proposals for modified and new-build environments, safety features and equipment, to ensure suitable provisions, systems of work, maintenance, testing and repair programmes to achieve a compliant and safe standard of radiological safety management. Advise and contribute to laboratory design standards and the commissioning and decommissioning of radiological laboratories as required.

13. Manage and support enforcement visits or other action by enforcing authorities and other external stakeholders, advising on and developing suitable responses to achieve appropriate protection of people and, where possible, protection of institutional function and reputation.

14. Develop and maintain effective professional relationships and partnerships both internally and with external organisations and bodies, (including enforcing authorities) particularly with regard to proposed legislative changes and consultation processes on matters affecting the HE sector and the University.

15. Attend internal and external meetings with key stakeholders and partners, including the University Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee, supporting the work of the Committee including the provision of reports, data and professional guidance as required.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/ Qualifications


A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9, 10 or 11 (Ordinary/Honours Degree, Post Graduate Qualification), or equivalent, including being professionally qualified in relevant discipline, with a broad range of professional experience in a management role(s).

A2 Achievement of Certificate of Competence to be a Radiation Protection Adviser, issued by RPA2000.

A3 Achievement of Certificate of Competence to be a Radioactive Waste Adviser, issued by RPA2000.

A4 Authoritative and current knowledge of radiation safety legislation, codes of practice and relevant management standards and of associated legal processes and requirements.

A5 Authoritative and current knowledge of relevant environmental legislation, codes of practice, management standards and associated legal processes and requirements.

A6 Demonstrable knowledge of legislation, guidance and practices as they relate to lasers and electromagnetic radiation in a laboratory/ research environment


B1 Achievement of Certificate of Competence to be a Laser Safety Adviser, issued by RPA2000

B2 Demonstrable knowledge of the key radiation safety and environmental issues arising from work within a large research- intensive university environment.

B3 Additional training/ qualifications in laser safety

B4 Additional training/ qualifications in electromagnetic field safety

B5 Additional qualifications in safety and/ or environmental or other relevant disciplines



C1 High level of analytical and problem-solving ability with an ability to respond to challenges positively and exercise judgement in seeking out practical, credible and realistic solutions.

C2 Well- developed managerial and administrative skills with a proven ability to manage both staff and budgets effectively and to produce written work that is of a high standard.

C3 Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate assertively and to engage and motivate people at all levels. Very effective persuading/influencing and investigative skills.

C4 A demonstrably high level of presentation skills and high level of presentation skills and explaining information to a range of audiences

C5 Ability to prioritise and manage workloads, whilst maintaining excellent attention to detail.

C6 Demonstrable ability to work independently and to function effectively as part of a team.

C7 Highly competent computer user with well-developed skills in Microsoft Office suite

C8 Clean full UK Driving Licence


D1 Demonstrable skill in development, preparation and administration of website content



E1 Substantial (post qualification) professional experience, operating within a large multi-discipline and multi-site organisation with laboratory- based activities.

E2 Experience of managing an experienced, professional team through both routine and changing situations.

E3 Experience of budget management.

E4 Extensive experience of developing radiation safety management systems and of preparation and promotion of radiation safety guidance across a large diverse organisation in relation to ionising and non-ionising radiation, including lasers and electromagnetic fields.

E5 Experience of incident investigation procedures.


F1 Experience of developing operating safety management auditing procedures.

F2 Experience of developing and delivering relevant training in radiation safety.

F3 Experience of specifying, tendering and managing contracts.

F4 Experience of work within an enforcing authority role

F5 Experience of work within the HE sector.

F6 Experience of radiation safety management within a research environment.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 8, £48,350 - £56,021 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and open ended (permanent). Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/ and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 138768 Close Date : 18-Feb-2024 23:45

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