Investigation Support Specialist (Electronic Data)
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is looking for an analytically-minded person to take on the exciting role of Investigation Support Specialist (Electronic Data). This will provide you with the opportunity to apply and develop your skills while ensuring that the RAIB continues to capture and analyse electronic data evidence effectively as the railway moves further into the digital age. This will support the RAIB’s core purpose of improving railway safety into the future.
Working closely with RAIB investigators in the office and in the field, you will be responsible for analysing evidence from data recorders (sometimes known as the ‘black box’), CCTV systems, mobile devices and specialist railway systems. Over time, you will become the focal point for all electronic data gathering, storage, handling, analysis and presentation within the RAIB.
You can expect your responsibilities to include:
• Undertaking electronic data and CCTV analysis in support of investigations and providing investigators with a documented technical summary of the findings.
• Managing electronic data system and component testing. This will include liaison with manufacturers of equipment and railway companies, the development of test specifications, working in cooperation with other agencies and preparing a documented technical summary of the method and results.
• Developing and maintaining process and procedures. This will include defining how evidence handling and analysis tasks are undertaken to reflect both current best practice and the evidence handling requirements of parallel judicial investigations (e.g. the Criminal Procedure Investigations Act 1996 and its equivalents in Scotland and Northern Ireland).
• Establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with the rail industry and your counterparts in other relevant agencies, such as the police and safety authority. You will also participate in working groups with the Air and Marine Accident Investigation Branches to ensure that best practice and professional knowledge is shared effectively across the three branches.
• Maintaining relevant hardware and software and developing the Branch’s capabilities as technologies develop and new products are introduced to the railway and society.
• Briefing RAIB investigators on the Branch’s capabilities and procedures.
• Widening the scope of electronic data that the RAIB is capable of capturing and analysing. You will need to develop relationships with other organisations with specialist skills, such as other agencies, manufacturers, training providers and academia and also to consider the RAIB’s resources.
Full details can be found in the attached Role Profile.
You can code or have knowledge of the design, download and analysis of CCTV or electronic data monitoring systems. You have good analytical skills and good written and verbal presentation skills. You have experience in problem solving and organising small projects through to completion.
You have an appetite for learning and an ability to take on information quickly. You enjoy building new relationships and see the value that these can add. You have the ability to work well under pressure and are flexible and prepared to undertake some travel away from your office base on occasions. You are also willing to attend accident sites, sometimes at short notice, to assist deployed investigators and to help with arrangements for the safe recovery of electronic data.
The RAIB independently investigates accidents to improve railway safety, and inform the industry and the public. Our investigations are focused solely on improving safety. We are not a prosecuting body and do not apportion blame or liability.
We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.
You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.
DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.
DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.
Closing date: 27 March 2019.