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.
- 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
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.
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.