John Innes Centre
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The NBI Partnership provides non-scientific support services to the Norwich Bioscience Institutes

Vacancy Details: Chemical and Radiation Safety Coordinator Maternity Cover

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NBI Partnership

The NBI Partnership provides non-scientific services to the John Innes Centre (JIC), Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), Earlham Institute (EI) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL). All of these organisations carry out scientific research funded by the UK Government, European Union, Charitable and Industrial Sponsors. The Partnership employs around 150 staff to cater for the needs of approximately 1500 Research Staff, Students and Visiting Scientists who are all located in close proximity on the Norwich Research Park.

The John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory are registered charities (No’s 223852, 1058499, 1136213 and 106550) and are Equal Opportunity Employers..

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Post Number930544
Job TitleChemical and Radiation Safety Coordinator Maternity Cover
Closing Date31 May 2017
GradeSC6
Starting Salary£30,750 - £34,000
Hours per week 37
Expected/Ideal Start Date 03 Jul 2017
Months Duration 12
Flexible Options
Job Share
Job share or part time hours considered.

Main purpose of the job Reporting to the Head of Facilities and Risk Management, the successful applicant will fulfil the existing role of supplying a range of radiation protection, chemical safety and hazardous waste services to both scientific and support services customers. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a good level of understanding of the hazardous properties of chemicals and associated risk control principles and have a good working knowledge of waste management of hazardous wastes. Experience of practical radiation work in chemical/biochemical/ biological applications and a good understanding of radiation protection principles would be an advantage.
Department HS & QA
Group Details The post is within the FRM department, the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Office supplies an extensive range of professional safety, health, environment, compliance and quality assurance services to the NBI institutes.
Advert Text An opportunity has arisen for a Chemical and Radiation Safety Coordinator to join the Heath, Safety and Quality Assurance Department at NBI Partnership on a maternity cover contract.

NBI Partnership provides administrative and other non-scientific services to the John Innes Centre (JIC), Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), the Earlham Institute (EI) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL). The Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance (HSEQA) team provide an extensive range of professional safety, health, environment, compliance and quality assurance services to the NBI Institutes.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a good level of understanding of the hazardous properties of chemicals and associated risk control principles and have a working knowledge of waste management of hazardous wastes. Experience of practical radiation work in chemical/biochemical/ biological applications and a good understanding of radiation protection principles would be an advantage.

Candidates should have a degree in a Chemistry or Biochemistry or related subject with good chemistry content, and have good experience in laboratory environments or other similar environments. We are seeking a candidate who works well in a team, is self-motivated and can demonstrate initiative in their work. This is a customer-facing role where good interpersonal skills combined with self-confidence and the ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision is essential.

Salary on appointment will be within the range £30,750 to £37,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for an estimated contract of 12 months.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.nbi.ac.uk/ or contact Human Resources, Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, 01603 450149 quoting reference 930544.

We welcome applications from candidates seeking job-share, part-time or other flexible working arrangements.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 31st May 2017.
Key relationships Head of Facilities and Risk Management, Health and Safety Advisor (deputy), HSEQA team, Facilities team, Health and Safety Assistant, Lab Managers
Main Activities & ResponsibilitiesPercentage
Chemical Safety • Providing chemical safety advice with respect to compliance with the COSHH regulations. • Providing guidance on the use, ordering, storage, disposal and transport of chemicals and chemical waste. • Providing emergency chemical incident response where required. • Providing chemical safety training to laboratory workers as appropriate. 40
Radiation Safety • Providing advice, guidance and recommendations to Science/ Departmental Radiation Protection Supervisors and contributing to radiological risk assessments. • Overseeing and monitoring radiation safety systems e.g. dosimetry, monitor calibrations and radioisotope tracking systems. • Flagging up non-compliance where necessary. • Providing emergency radiochemical incident response where required. • Providing radiation induction training to staff and students when required. 20
General Health & Safety • Carrying out or advising on risk assessments and standard operating procedures. • Investigating incidents and accidents. • Participating in safety inspections. • Providing safety advice, guidance, recommendations and training to Institute staff and other NBIP departments. • Contributing to site-wide projects that improve safety or environmental performance. • Liaising with contractors on relevant H&S matters. 20
Environmental Management • Liaison with environmental regulators on issues concerning Institute licences, consents and permits. • Hosting regulatory inspections. • Querying legislation or government guidance. • Reporting environmental data. • Managing the hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal contracts 20
As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post.

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
Health and Safety or Waste Management QualificationEssential
Bachelor degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related subject with good chemistry contentEssential
Chemical safety qualificationDesirable
Qualified Radiation Protection Supervisor or OfficerDesirable
Full UK Driving LicenceDesirable

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Good up-to-date understanding of EU and UK H&S legislation Essential
Able to prepare risk assessments, including chemical / COSHH assessments Essential
Good knowledge of GHS and hazardous waste regulationsEssential
Good level of proficiency in MS Office applications, particularly Excel, Word and OutlookEssential
Familiarity with facilities maintenance hazards and risksDesirable

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Laboratory experience in a scientific research environmentEssential
Experience in producing radiological risk assessmentsDesirable
Experience of working with radiation and employing radiation Desirable
Experience of dealing with environmental regulatorsDesirable
Experienced in contamination monitoringDesirable

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Good level of general computer literacyEssential
Excellent level of accuracy, numeracy and good attention to detailEssential
Ability to work effectively in a small teamEssential
Enthusiastic and pro-active, organised with ability to prioritise and complete work with minimal supervisionEssential
Good verbal and written communication skillsEssential
Good presentation skillsEssential
Excellent time management skillsEssential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating ProceduresEssential
Good customer service skillsDesirable

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential
Able to work occasionally out-of-hoursEssential
Occasional travel with possible overnight staysEssential
Able to undertake manual handling dutiesEssential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of the PartnershipEssential
Ability to present positive image of self and the PartnershipEssential
Ability to maintain confidentialtiy and security of information where appropriateEssential