Defence Nuclear Safety Committee (DNSC) - Nuclear Reactor - Member

Body: Defence Nuclear Safety Committee
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Defence, Energy, Science & Technology
Location: Various
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Major Projects, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The daily fee is £380. One to two days per month on Committee business. attend 6-10 full DNSC briefing sessions per year. The appointment is not pensionable.
Time Requirements: Approximately 20 days per year, to participate in meetings and visits.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    14/10/2021 or 21/10/2021

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Defence Nuclear Safety Committee (DNSC) is the primary source of independent advice to the Secretary of State for Defence on nuclear safety issues associated with the Defence Nuclear Programmes. It is an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, and consists of a chair and 11 members from a diverse range of backgrounds in both the public and private sectors.

We are responsible for:

·        providing unbiased, independent, expert advice to the Secretary of State for Defence and senior officials on all safety matters pertaining to the defence nuclear programme (and security and environmental issues, where such issues have the potential to impact upon nuclear safety).

·        providing assurance about the soundness of the safety practices and safety management arrangements relevant to the defence nuclear programmes


The DNSC forms its own work programme each year. This comprises meetings with officials, and visits to sites, across the Defence Nuclear Enterprise, to gather evidence to inform their annual report to the Secretary of State for Defence and MOD Senior Officials.

The DNSC is an advisory body only; as such, it does not resemble or operate like a safety committee would in a corporate organisation.

Members of the DNSC have a collective responsibility for the operation of the Committee. They must:

·        engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, through participation in meetings and visits, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the sponsor department or the responsible minister;

·        ensure that the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information (including prompt responses to public requests for information) is adhered to;

·        produce an Annual Report;

·        respond appropriately to complaints, if necessary with reference to the sponsor department; and

·        ensure that the Committee does not exceed its powers or functions.

We are looking to appoint a member with expertise in Nuclear Reactors. You will be independent of the Ministry of Defence operational activities and have the ability to apply intellectual rigour.

The DNSC has adapted the way it is working, as a result of Covid-19, and is holding many of its meetings virtually/online while restrictions apply.  It plans to undertake visits in accordance with any restrictions in place at the time.

Person Specification

Are you keen to contribute your knowledge and experience towards the nuclear safety of the defence nuclear programmes and support the UK? Then we want to hear from you!

We would like you to be an eminent scientist or engineer in the field of nuclear reactor design, manufacture and operations from either the Civil or Defence Nuclear Programmes.

Essential criteria

Please provide evidence for all of the following essential criteria.

  • Highly experienced understanding of Pressurised Water Reactor design, manufacture and operations.
  • Technical expertise in a field relevant to reactor technology, e.g. advanced manufacture, environmental degradation, thermal hydraulics, and/or structural integrity.
  • Knowledge of nuclear fuel technology.
  • Experience/understanding of the safety and licensing/authorisation of nuclear reactors under normal and fault conditions.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of risk management and performance indicators.
  • Experience of working at, or influencing, a senior strategic level.
  • Fellow of an appropriate professional institute.

As a candidate, you will need to be a sole UK National and reside within Great Britain. Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting (DV).  The role will require you to hold DV clearance, or be willing to undergo the process of obtaining it.

The DNSC is strongly committed to growing a diverse and inclusive team and so applications from all segments of society – including women, people with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, those who have a socially or economically disadvantaged background, or consider themselves to have a disability – are encouraged and supported.


Additional Information


This role is eligible for UK Nationals only. UK residency is also required.


The successful candidate must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is Developed Vetting (DV). While Developed Vetting (DV) is required for the role, you do not have to already have DV clearance to apply. If you are successful at interview, you would have to be willing to undergo the security clearance process. We are happy to explain what is involved in the DV process, in addition to the link provided above. If you are already DV cleared, please do not declare this in your application.

Reasonable adjustments
If you have a disability and need a change to be made so that you can make your application, please contact:

43202_DNSC_NRD_MEMBER_Candidate Information Pack
43202_DNSC_NRD_MEMBER_Disable Confident Scheme Declaration
43202_DNSC_NRD_MEMBER_Diversity Monitoring Form
43202_DNSC_NRD_MEMBER_Expression of Interest
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