Radiographer (Level 4)

Dstl Porton Down
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
Date advertised:
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Security clearance requiredThe role requires Developed Vetting. This role is only open to UK Nationals.
Dual nationality cannot be considered.

About the role
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Radiographer to join the Non-Destructive Evaluation team in its world leading facilities at Porton Down. The role sits within the Energetic Technologies Group in the Counter Terrorism and Security Division. The team is responsible for delivering timely, flexible and deployable radiography to a number of Dstl and UK MOD customers. We operate a range of radiographic testing equipment to interrogate and image a variety of items using digital imaging techniques.

We are looking for someone who has:

A successful candidate should have existing knowledge of working with X-ray equipment.
A good understanding of radiography or radiation physics with an awareness of radiation safety.
Appropriate knowledge of computed and digital imaging and digital processing software.
A qualification in radiography from PCN or ASNT will be a significant advantage.
Can be guided or thinks independently to solve and deliver experimental and investigative work.

A practical hands-on person with good problem-solving skills.   
Good numerical skills with a theoretical base.
Working experience of software such as Microsoft Office and image analysis/3D processing packages.
Evidence of oral and written communications skills in our mixed media IT environment will be important when working within teams and addressing customers and small groups.

In this role you will:

  • Develop and implement radiographic techniques. Record techniques so they can be used by others.
  • Gather information and scope customer requirements, devise methods and deliver those requirements in a timely manner.
  • Handle and process items to meet safety and security requirements through correct receipt, unpacking, movement and repacking.
  • Produce results verbally, visually and using various media for best results.
  • Maintain a safe and compliant facility to ensure radiography work can be carried out safely and efficiently.
  • Develop strong working relationships and opportunities with other capabilities across Dstl and external partners.

Job dimensions

This role sits within a small team of five people that works within the Radiography facility in the Energetics Enclosure at Dstl. A flexible approach to your day to day work is essential. The ability to work independently and in a team is key to this role. This role does not have any budgetary or formal line management responsibility.

Success profilesQualifications
Educated to A-level standard or equivalent, including general science, engineering and/or physics subject areas.
A formal qualification (or equivalent experience) relevant to studying and an understanding of radiation physics or non-destructive testing, for example a degree in physics or an apprenticeship in NDT.

A qualification in radiography, such as PCN or ASNT to Level 2, will be a significant advantage.

Skills and experience
•    Proficient using X-ray generating equipment.
•    Understands fundamental radiation theory and practice.
•    Works safely with X-radiations.
•    Good IT skills.
•    Communicates in a variety of formats in a cross-team environment.

•    The ability to work effectively in a team and be self motivated to work independently.
•    Knowledge of computed radiography techniques and digital radiography in general.
•    Experience or knowledge of computed tomography and 3D analysis software.
•    Evidence of preparing radiation safety documentation.
•    Understanding of the safety requirements of working with explosive systems. 

Membership of a relevant professional body is desirable. Examples include the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Explosives Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Royal Engineers and the Institute of Physics.

Managing a quality service
Delivering at pace
Making effective decisions
Working together.

Changing and improving
Communicating and influencing
Developing self and others.

Additional information Main contacts and relationships
Internal Dstl customers.
External wider MOD, other government departments and QinetiQ.

Key Performance Indicators
The radiography facility is run efficiently and in accordance with all Dstls Health and Safety and Security procedures.  
Development of the provision of good quality, timely radiography to meet customer requirements.
Continuation of personal development.
Projects proceed with pace to deliver outputs which are technically robust.
Relationships have been maintained with key contacts and extended to new technical partners.
Behaviours which meet the behavioural competency requirements.

Reports to
Team Leader

Working conditions
At Dstl, our vision is to have a modern way of working efficiently, accommodating and enabling our people to create, collaborate and deliver innovative science and technology with our partners, working in a way they need to wherever they need to.

The Radiography facility is located in the Energetics Enclosure at Dstl. This role requires working with explosive systems, radiographic equipment, lifting equipment, laboratory gases and solid lead. The majority of the time is spent in X-ray exposure cells and involves frequent manual handling. Occasional off-site work will be required, including potentially overseas and this work may include outdoor working. Occasionally, it may be necessary to work additional hours, both on and off-site. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a classified radiation worker medical.

Job hazards
Please indicate special health hazards which the candidate’s job is likely to involve:
  ☐ Work in excessive noise                
  ☒ Work involving strenuous effort
  ☒ Work using display screens
  ☐ Shift work/night work
  ☐ Work in isolation
  ☒ Work at heights
  ☐ Work using vibratory tools
  ☐ Work involving food handling       
  ☒ Working with skin irritants/sensitisers
  ☐ Work involving driving
  ☐ Regular overseas travel
  ☐ Work involving dusty processes
  ☐ Confined space/escape BA sets
  ☒ Work can be stressful at times
  ☒ Other (please specify below)
        Work with X-radiation
        Work with explosive articles

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