Safety Health & Environment (SHE) Advisor

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Oxfordshire, England, Didcot
Up to £44,166 per annum
Closing date
12 Dec 2021

Job Details

Salary: £39,748 - £44,166 per annum dependent on experience
Contract Type: Open ended
Hours: Full Time
Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
Closing Date: 28th November 2021

About us

Part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation. We support university-based research and provide access to world-leading, large-scale science facilities across the physical and life sciences from our 3 national laboratories. We help to ensure that there is a future pipeline of skilled and enthusiastic young people pursuing careers in science and engineering.

We're committed to keeping the UK at the forefront of world-changing science and this requires excellence across all our support services.


About the role

The STFC Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Group is a small team that provides advice and support across all sites.

We are looking for someone wishing to embark on a new career in SHE, or an early career SHE Advisor, based at the STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Harwell, Oxfordshire.

We are particularly interested in individuals who have a successful track record of working as scientists or engineers in a research setting - academic or industrial, and perhaps looking for a new career or new challenge supporting scientific endeavour. We will actively support successful candidates develop as rounded SHE advisors as well as financially supporting their qualification as SHE professionals.

This is an opportunity for SHE Group to add to our experience base from any of the following professions: contractor management; auditing; occupational hygiene; chemical safety; engineering disciplines (construction, electrical, mechanical); waste management; or environmental management.

From providing safety, health and environment advice to management, employees, tenants, and science facility users to investigating safety, health and environment incidents, including injuries, near misses, fires, environmental and vehicle incidents; ensuring these are reported, investigated appropriately and actions established and undertaking audits to drive continuous improvement and to minimise the likelihood of their recurrence this is a busy, varied and exciting role working closely with all departments giving great opportunities to use and develop your skills to make a difference to UK science.

About you

  • Educated to degree or HND level in a science or engineering discipline
  • Experience working successfully in a science or engineering environment in an academic or private sector
  • Understanding how SHE hazards are managed and controlled in a science or engineering environment
  • Strong IT skills
  • Proactive with a high degree of self-motivation and independence, able to deliver under pressure and against tight deadlines

If you would like to discuss this role informally please contact Graeme Finlan, Head of SHE, or Julie Black, RAL SHE Group leader,

What we can offer

Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days' annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days, flexible working hours and hybrid working, an outstanding career average revalued earnings pension scheme, relocation package, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC's careers pages

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a CV and cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply and to view the full role profile please visit our job board.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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