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Radiation Protection Officer (RPO)


Location: Hampshire

Job Type: Full time


About the job

Job summary

Dstl we are leaders within Science and Technology and to support this we require a Radiation Protection Officer to support and manage the demands required to deliver the highest quality S&T. The role sits within the Corporate Health & Safety team that is within the Safety, Security and Resilience group within the Operations division. This role is required by MOD to be the central focal point for Dstl, representing the Head of Establishment, this person will be the integral part of ensuring the appropriate legislation, assurance and radiation requirements are adhered to and that suitable resources are available, you will act as the intelligent customer with the appropriate contractors to ensure delivery across Dstl.

The role requires independent thinking and being able to see the bigger picture whilst delivering a quality service over an enduring period.

The RPO is to act on behalf of the Head of Establishment (HoE) for 4 principle tasks:

  1. Be the central point of compliance assurance with legislation and MOD requirements for ionising and non-ionising radiation;
  2. Fulfil the responsibilities of the MOD Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)1;
  3. Be Dstl’s Intelligent Customer for requesting support from the outsourced service provider; and
  4. Be the permanent chair of the Radiation Safety Technical Authority (RAD STA).

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 particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Job description

In this role you will:

  • Be the focal point for support on radiation safety to the HoE and other Dstl staff and to consult the RPA for radiation protection advice about matters for which the RPA has been appointed (see JSP 392, Chapter 7).
  • Consult the RPA for radiation protection advice about matters for which the RPA has been appointed (see JSP 392, Chapter 7);
  • Monitor the Radiation Protection Supervisor and Work Place Managers in the discharge of their duties through support and assurance activities;
  • Carry out regular reviews of radiation safety arrangements, including an audit of procedures and local orders, against the requirements of legislation and MOD publications.
  • Be the focal point for capturing and setting requirements for contracting radiation sciences support from the outsourced provider and undertaking assurance that these services are delivered on time to the required standard.

Please see full details on the Job profile at the bottom of the page

Person specification

We are looking for someone who:

  • Can see the bigger picture and plan for the future
  • Be able to support and influence others to ensure delivery
  • Can work independently but also with others within the HS&EP Team and Dstl customers
  • Can act as the intelligent customer for Radiation Safety in Dstl
  • Has a broad spectrum of experience and knowledge for H&S,IRR17 and JSP392
  • Be able to manage expectations and influence behaviour and change

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, 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.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. For some roles Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service


Alongside your salary of £51,677, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contributes £13,952 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.


Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

  • Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution (find out more here). In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.

  • Flexible working: Options include alternative working patterns such as; compressed hours (e.g. working a 4 day week/ 9 day fortnight), job shares and annualised hours (agreed number of hours per annum paid monthly i.e. working term-time only).

  • Working hours: Flexibility around your working day (e.g. start time, finish time). Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.

  • Where you work: Depending on your role, blended working may be available including remote working to suit you and your team. This can be discussed at interview.

  • Annual leave: 25 days pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.

  • Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid

  • Learning and Development: Dstl encourages and supports charterships, accreditations and provides employees access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Dstl will pay for 2 memberships with relevant bodies/institutions. Employees also have access to Civil Service Learning.

  • Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
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.

Sifting will take place week commencing the 2nd October 2023 with interviews to be arranged on 17th & 18th October 2023

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


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

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 (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.