Principal Engineer - Radiation Calibration

BAE Systems
England, Cumbria
Closing date
21 Oct 2020
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Principal Engineer - Radiation Calibration

Would you like to play a key role in the development and delivery of metrology activities within complex engineering environments? We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Engineer - Radiation Calibration at our site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

As a Principal Engineer - Radiation Calibration, you will be working within the Instrumentation & Calibration Services Department as part of the Specialist Engineering Capability Group (SECG) within BAE Systems Submarines. We provide instrumentation and calibration services to the Barrow site, MoD and commercial sector, mainly working across advanced submarine programmes including Dreadnought and Astute.

The activities of this team are integral to the safety of the crew and Barrow site employees, ensuring the design intent of the Engineering Function is adhered to and is a great opportunity to steer development of novel measurement capabilities and to be involved in Research and Technology projects covering all aspects of metrology and instrumentation science.

Your main responsibilities as a Principal Engineer - Radiation Calibration will involve:

Managing the day to day operations of the Businesses Nuclear Instrumentation Centre

Calibrating and maintaining internal and external Radiation Detection and Monitoring Equipment

Conducting focused Research and Technology projects in support of department strategy

Conducting key radiation metrology-based measurements in support of the demonstration of traceability to National Standards

Representing the company at national and Ministry of Defence forums

Development of calibration protocols used to define measurement parameters and assess associated uncertainties

Applying methods of assessing and expressing uncertainties using statistical techniques

Writing technical reports and other documentation associated with the selection, development, purchase and ongoing maintenance of bespoke instrumentation systems

Supporting the Nuclear Emergency Response Organisation and Shield Survey Radiation Monitoring System as required

Your skills and qualifications as a Principal Engineer - Calibration:


Degree or equivalent qualification or experience in STEM subject

Chartership with Professional body, or working towards professional registration

Understanding of measurement uncertainty

Experience in the operation and maintenance of Nuclear Radiological Calibration Facilities

Experience in researching radiation detection technologies

Working knowledge of radiation protection instrumentation


Completed Module 1 and 2 of the Nuclear Instrumentation Calibration Course at HMS Sultan or a similar course

Radiation Protection Supervisor

Understanding and knowledge of fault finding and repair of electrical items

Member of Society of Radiological Protection

What we're looking for in you:

You will possess excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to successfully build relationships with external customers, as well as internal stakeholders. You must also have good problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to bring innovation. You will be self-motivated and able to work without supervision or as part of a team when required.

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime - Submarines

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace - where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential - is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it's good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.

Find out more at #subsgodeeper on LinkedIn

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 83,000 people in 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

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