Lead Non-Ionising Radiation Physicist

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year /pro rata
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Non-ionising Radiation Physics Section is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Scientist to join our friendly and expanding team. The Medical Physics Department is based at Poole Hospital, providing services throughout Dorset. The department currently comprises 3 sections Ionising Radiation Physics, Non-ionising Radiations Physics and Clinical Measurement. These teams of Clinical Scientists & Clinical Technologists support clinical services across 2 NHS Trusts. This is an exciting time for the Medical Physics Department which is expanding, including the creation of a non-ionising radiations group.

Poole is situated on the south coast, with the beautiful Dorset coastline and countryside on its doorstep. Relocation expenses may be available. Assistance with accommodation costs for up to 3 months is available.

Due to the nature of the Section's service delivery a willingness to travel between sites in a timely manner is essential.

Additional contact information

Dr. Michael Brooks - Deputy Head of Ionising Radiation Physics

michael.brooks@uhd.nhs.uk / 0300 019 8156

This role requires a HCPC Registration as a Clinical Scientist.

Base Location: Poole Hospital.

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will support the delivery of our NIR equipment quality assurance and optimisation programme with the aim of assisting our supported sites in meeting their statutory and professional best practice obligations.

The role will involve acting as Laser Protection Advisor, NIR equipment procurement, commissioning and provision of QC, dosimetry, optimisation & radiation safety. NIR modalities currently include ultrasound imaging, lasers, UV & blue light phototherapy and other appropriate EMF areas. An interest in audiology would also be welcomed. The role will involve training / teaching other staff and there will be opportunities to develop services. MRI is covered by another post, but collaboration will be welcomed.

Further opportunities for professional development will be supported. Good working facilities and modern equipment are also provided, together with a friendly, inclusive team spirit, where everyone is expected to contribute to the development of services.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will have advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of a wide range of NIR modalities, with sufficient knowledge, skills and experience to act as a laser protection adviser (LPA).

The post holder will provide specialist scientific support and advice to medical, clinical, scientific and technical staff on highly complex issues

Interpretation of relevant national and international guidance related to room design, performance testing and safety information.

Engage in optimisation of clinical protocols and in the development of translational techniques and procedures in conjunction with clinical colleagues.

The post holder will be expected to undertake specific research and development activities as required to improve the quality of service to patients, and keep abreast of new developments in their field

To provide training and teaching in NIR Physics for Medical Physics STP trainees, other trainees, other professional groups and students at Bournemouth University.

Support the MRI Physics Lead in the provision of services and training of junior team members.

Person Specification



  • BSc in Physics, Engineering, Computer Sciences or Life Sciences.
  • MSc in Medical Physics or Medical Imaging (or equivalent) and successful completion of the STP training scheme in an appropriate specialism (or equivalent).
  • HCPC Registration as a Clinical Scientist.


  • PhD in relevant discipline.
  • Chartered Physicist, Scientist or MIPEM equivalent.
  • RPA 2000 Certified LPA
  • Completion of HSST training.
  • Management qualification



  • At least 4-6 years' experience non-ionising radiation (NIR) safety.
  • Sufficient knowledge and experience to act as a Laser Protection Advisor
  • Used to working in multidisciplinary teams. Experience in NIR (e.g. ultrasound, UV, lasers and audiology) safety and quality assurance in a clinical environment.
  • Knowledge of NIR Physics and its application in a clinical setting.
  • Awareness of recent developments in both clinical and/or research NIR applications.
  • Presentation of scientific papers at local and national meetings.


  • Post-doctoral experience in research.
  • Experience of team management
  • Success in obtaining research grants and income generation.
  • Publication of scientific papers or other reports.
  • Experience of research management

Technical Skills & Competence


  • Ability to operate NIR equipment independently
  • Strong mathematical skills, capable of analysing large amounts of data using modern software.
  • Ability to use and program using a range of software packages.
  • Ability to communicate complex data or facts to a variety of audiences.
  • Full UK Driving License


  • Fluent in scientific programming in e.g. Python



  • Extensive scientific, clinical and safety knowledge of NIR.
  • High level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from the use of NIR
  • In-depth understanding of relevant legislation, national / international standards, professional and other guidelines.


  • Extensive scientific, clinical and safety knowledge of all non ionising radiations used in medical practice (including MRI).
  • High level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from a range of non-ionising radiation exposure (including MRI).

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to sustain prolonged periods of concentration despite frequent interruption in busy service

Language requirement


  • Able to speak English as necessary to undertake the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Poole Hospital



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