Nuclear Safety Inspector – Structural Integrity & Graphite Integrity (Office for Nuclear Regulation)

Job description

Varied, challenging and rewarding: the vital role of a Nuclear Safety Inspector

The challenge

A fast-evolving public corporation, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is committed to shaping the future of regulation in the UK nuclear industry. It’s an exciting challenge, and we need dynamic individuals with vision and initiative to join our Nuclear Safety Inspector teams. 

The role

Our Nuclear Safety Inspectors are critical to our work. They check compliance, improve safety standards and reassure the public. The role is varied and offers a range of responsibilities, from enforcing the law to investigating accidents. Some inspectors focus on on-site inspections, while others will assess safety submissions or manage intervention projects. In all cases, communication is vital. Our Inspectors work with numerous stakeholders both face-to-face and in writing. If they find problems they start by providing advice, but may take formal enforcement action if necessary.


Challenging, high quality work and a highly professional environment: this is what you can expect as a Structural Integrity Inspector. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will concentrate on the integrity of pressure vessels, pipework, tanks, graphite reactor cores, and their supporting structures. You could be asked to examine Advanced Gas-Cooled reactors (AGRs), Light Water Reactors or chemical plants. We’ll expect you to give guidance in your specialism and lead technical assessments of the structural integrity aspects of safety cases. The ability to lead the overall assessment of safety cases would be a definite advantage.

The person

A structural integrity specialist, you’re an expert in at least one of the following: stress, fatigue and fracture analysis; materials behaviour; graphite reactor core integrity; or non-destructive examination techniques.  You understand the inter-relationship between stresses, materials and defects in structural integrity, and you recognise the factors that contribute to a structural integrity safety case. Supporting this expertise is a degree (or equivalent) in a scientific or engineering subject. You also have experience in the nuclear sector or another high hazard industry.

Whatever your background, it’s important you have the credibility to inspire trust and support. Collaborative and articulate with strong communication skills, you’ll be adept at persuading and influencing others to bring about positive change. The key is to provide practical guidance and advice, and to apply sound judgement to make informed decisions. Comfortable working in a complex and fast-paced environment, you’ll be both resilient and flexible in the face of tough challenges.

The rewards

We offer competitive salaries, with Inspectors earning £66,927 -£79,593. Furthermore, you’ll be eligible for a generous Civil Service Pension scheme (including ill-health retirement and lump sum family benefits). Plus, you’ll receive a very generous holiday entitlement.

About us

ONR is a Public Corporation created to ensure the highest standards of safety and security across all of the UK’s licensed nuclear sites. Our inspectors are drawn from all manner of professional backgrounds including civil engineering, radiological protection, human factors, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear physics. And together they’re involved in everything from assessing safety cases to planned inspections and advising licensees on areas that are difficult to regulate such as safety culture, leadership and vision.


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