Principal Engineer (Health Physicist)

Location:Cumbria

Principal Engineer (Health Physicist)

Would you like to play a critical role within Radiation Protection for complex submarine programmes? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Engineer (Health Physicist) at our site in Barrow-in-Furness.

As a Principal Engineer (Health Physicist) you will be providing technical and professional advice and guidance on radiation protection and environmental protection issues, in the context of Submarine and Nuclear-Powered Reactor construction and commissioning.

This very diverse role will provide you with the opportunity to become a subject matter expert in a wide range of areas, as well as the chance to work with a variety of interesting nuclear challenges.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Engineer (Health Physicist) will involve:

Providing technical advice to the business on radiological protection matters to ensure compliance with legislative requirements (e.g. IRR17 and EPR 2016)


Assessment of radiological risk and ensuring the appropriate arrangements are captured in procedural documentation (Local Rules/Operating Instructions) for activities involving radioactive materials and radiation generating equipment

Development and revision of processes and procedures optimising radiological protection in line with operational needs, to ensure exposures both to personnel and the environment are kept ALARP

Development of, and support to, radiological protection contingency plans and nuclear emergency arrangements

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Engineer (Health Physicist):

Knowledge of the following:

    Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Public Information Regulation (REPPIR)

      Radiological Transportation

        Ionising Radiations Regulations (IRR17)

          Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR16)

          Formal qualification in Radiological Protection

          Knowledge and understanding of the hazards and issues associated with Nuclear Powered Submarines and Pressurised Water Reactors

          What we're looking for in you:

          You must have the ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders, at all levels. You must also possess diplomacy and assertiveness, to ensure safety standards are upheld at all times.

          Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

          Salary: Competitive

          Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

          BAE Systems

          BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

          Maritime – Submarines

          Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

          The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

          Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

          We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

          We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

          We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

          Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

          Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.