Overview

This programme will see you build your knowledge of all parts of our Generation and Nuclear New Build business, with support and training to take care of every aspect of your professional and personal development.

Requirements

  • 2:1 Bachelor's Degree or a 2:2 Postgraduate Degree in Physics, Environmental, Natural Sciences or an associated subject
  • Willingness to relocate as required
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills

Duration

2 years

Applications open
Apply now

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on the 16th December 2016.

What is Health Physics?

Health Physics is the science concerned with the recognition, evaluation and control of health hazards to permit the safe use and application of ionising radiation. Health Physics on a nuclear site carries a high level of responsibility and covers a broad range of disciplines and opportunities which include:

  • Practical safety/risk assessment and provision of radiological safety advice across the workforce

  • Selection, management and use of analytical and radiation detection instrumentation

  • Management of environmental protection and radioactive wastes

  • Emergency arrangements and response

  • Transport of radioactive materials and dangerous goods

Health Physicists generally come from a broad range of academic scientific backgrounds and Health Physics would also suit graduates with biosciences or environmental sciences backgrounds.

 

More detail

You will be aware of the role that you will be taking up permanently in the organisation ahead of joining the graduate scheme. We will work with you to identify the department that best suits your skills and interest areas, and also the location where you will be based.

Once you get started you will spend the first 3 months of your graduate scheme based at your home location, getting to know your new team. This time will be interspersed with periods of residential training at our training centre near Gloucester. The next 8 months of your programme will be spent rotating around our Central Technical Organisation, Station Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and Technical & Safety functions, so you’ll see how everything fits together. During this time you will have the support of your line manager, a recent graduate buddy and a qualified Health Physicist technical mentor.

When you’ve completed your initial 11 months’ training, you‘ll spend the final 13 months of the programme in the Environmental Services Group in an area of Health Physics. This period will give you a broad understanding of your chosen business area, allow you to be involved in real-life projects and see you add value through the work that you do. During this time you will be expected to attend and successfully complete 4 assessed Radiation Protection courses called the RPTS Core of Knowledge Module currently run by Public Health England. These courses represent the core academic knowledge that all Health Physicists must possess to become accredited within EDF and further progress in their career.

By the end of it, you’ll be ready to embark on a career in a broad and uniquely rewarding area of radiological protection – and well on the way to becoming an Accredited Health Physicist, providing evidence to support applications to become an HSE approved Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) and for professional chartership with the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP). Once the initial training period is complete you will take up a substantive role within this business area at a site where there is a role available.

Amy Clarkstone – Health Physics Graduate Scheme

Nuclear was my favourite module during my degree. I find it incredible how much power can be generated from such a small fuel pellet. I decided to complete a year in industry before choosing my career path and I chose EDF Energy because I thought working in nuclear power would be fascinating. I completed an Industrial Placement year in Radiological Protection at Sizewell B Power Station and then joined the Health Physics Graduate Scheme after completing university.

A typical day would be coming into work at 8am and the morning start of shift brief is at 8.30. This sets the department to work and lets everyone know of any safety issues or work happening on plant relevant to the department. Throughout the day I work on projects I have been given – my biggest one at the moment is refurbishing all of the sub-change rooms so that they are at the highest standard. In between I help to support the Radiological Protection team at various meetings and audits, whilst gaining as much experience on the plant as possible.

During my time on the programme I’ve worked at Hinkley, Barnwood, West Burton A (coal-fired power station) and Hartlepool. The highlight has been meeting people from all over the company as this has given me a great overview of how the company works on different levels and I’ve learned how to present myself. Members of the executive team are keen to meet graduates and you just have to get over the initial nerves of meeting someone so high up, remembering that they were probably in a similar position to you in the past. As drivers of the company, executives have a different perspective to people at the stations, and it’s interesting to hear more about the decision-making process and the legislation that has to be considered.

I’m a STEM ambassador for local schools, which I really enjoy. I have been into Year 10 careers assemblies, (dressed in my overalls, hard hat and boots!) to explain to pupils about my job and inspire them to aim higher. I also mention all the other opportunities available at a nuclear power station, such as in finance and logistics.

Training

The breadth of learning opportunities on offer during the Graduate Programme is astonishing. First and foremost, there’s a host of top-quality technical training to underscore what you learn on the job. The knowledge and experience you gain at this stage will set you on your way towards being an Accredited Health Physicist, Radiation Protection Adviser and SRP chartership, under the watchful eye of your Health Physics mentor.

Alongside technical knowhow, there’s a huge amount to learn about the business side of things. Hence our core financial and commercial awareness training programmes – which will also help you transition into a full time role at the end of the programme.

To get the best from our training, you'll need to be flexible about your location and ready to move from one place to another. You'll undertake six attachments during the course of the graduate programme, in a minimum of three different locations. During the first six months of the programme (September - March), you'll be assigned a base location at one of our nuclear power stations. We’ll endeavour to ensure that your first two attachments are at this base location. These attachments will be interspersed with residential training at our Central Technical Office at Barnwood. From March onwards, you'll have the chance to work at four different locations, with each attachment lasting between six weeks and two months. While you're on your way to becoming an expert engineer in your own right, you’ll also be trained up as a STEM Ambassador so that you can inspire the next generation of physicists at STEM events nationwide. This will form part of your wider leadership training, and support with building and developing your own career.

Applying

Applications open early September.

We receive a large volume of applications to our Graduate Schemes each year and whilst we aim to consider everyone, our approach is to review and consider applications in the order that they are received. We may close some schemes earlier than the deadline of 16th December 2016 if we receive a large number of applications and therefore we would encourage candidates to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applications open
Apply now

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on the 16th December 2016.