Lecturer Radiation Physics and Criticality
Ministry of Defence, The Nuclear Faculty, Defence Academy
United Kingdom

Job description

The Nuclear Faculty, Defence Academy, provides education and training to Service and Civilian personnel in support of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme and bespoke courses for the wider nuclear industry.


The courses range from introductory to postgraduate level.


We also undertake experimental research in support of the programme along with simulation and modelling. The simulation and modelling capacity is supported by our dedicated 155 TFLOP/s HPC facility.


We are looking for someone with a strong background and interest in nuclear reactors/criticality and/or radiation physics to join our multidisciplinary team. The team consists of experts in reactor physics, thermal hydraulics, radiation protection, atmospheric dispersion, accident studies, materials science and reactor chemistry. It is anticipated that any research that you undertake that is not security classified will be suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals or at conferences.



You will be expected to:


Lecture in nuclear reactor physics, radiation physics, nuclear physics, criticality and associated topics.

Provide academic support including assessment and project supervision in these topics

Undertake research and consultancy work in support of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme.


Good communication skills are essential.

Person specification

We are particularly seeking candidates who have recently completed PhD or post-doctoral research in reactor physics, criticality or radiation science. However, we would also consider applications who can demonstrate an equivalent level of experience.


Applicants will have a Honours degree in a relevant discipline and have a Post Graduate qualification in a relevant subject. It is desirable but not essential that you have a formal teaching qualification.


If not in possession of a teaching qualification the selected applicant must agree to undertake a course of study to be completed within 2 academic years of taking up the post.


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



Communicating and Influencing



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


NSQEP RRA: An additional Recruitment and Retention Allowance of £12,000 per annum is payable following successful completion of specified training and gaining of experience.

Please note that this allowance is not guaranteed and is subject to regular review.


Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.


If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Supporting Statement: The applicant should provide evidence of relevant experience in an academic, industrial or research environment.


If you are successfully sifted for interview you will be required to give a ten minute presentation at that interview.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Grade entry qualifications

Applicants will have a Honours degree in a relevant discipline and have a Post Graduate qualification in a relevant subject. It is desirable but not essential that you have a formal teaching qualification.


If not in possession of a teaching qualification the selected applicant must agree to undertake a course of study to be completed within 2 academic years of taking up the post.



Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code 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.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Dr Ian Holloway

Tel 02392 546041


Sift/interview dates and location

HMS Sultan Gosport Dates TBC

Further information

Please see the MOD Privacy Notice which describes how we will use your personal data, explains your rights and gives you information you are entitled to under Data Protection legislation.




Please be aware that the selection and interviewing of applicants is the responsibility of the Recruiting Line Manager (RLM) and not the Defence Business Services (DBS) Resourcing team. DBS do not play any part in the selection and interviewing process.



Therefore, if you wish to discuss your feedback, or you are dissatisfied with your scores, you should in the first instance raise this with the Recruiting Line Manager of the vacancy.



If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from DBS, or believe that DBS has failed to follow the recruitment process in line with the Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition, you can raise a formal complaint by writing to DBS at the following address:



Complaints Management Team

Defence Business Services

Scanning Hub

PO Box 38

Cheadle Hulme




If after raising your complaint with DBS, you remain dissatisfied you can complain directly to the Civil Service Commission at the following address:



Civil Service commission

Room G/8

1 Horse Guards Road


SW1a 2HQ

Or by email: info@csc.gov.uk




Applicants should monitor their Civil Service Jobs application centre regularly for updates.




Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 5 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.


Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information.



Should you need to contact Defence Business Services (DBS) regarding this vacancy, please indicate that your vacancy is being handled by Resourcing Team 1 (Specialists).






Please see link below to Civil Service Recruitment Principles http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/RECRUITMENT-PRINCIPLES-April-2018-FINAL-.pdf




Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment.


All employees joining MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from 4th March 2019.



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