Lead Scientist – Noise / Vibration


The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We’re dedicated to protecting people and places, ensuring everyone can lead safer and healthier lives at work.

We are now looking for a Lead Scientist to join our Exposure Assessment and Control (EAC) Team on a permanent, full-time basis. The EAC Team is part of our Science Division’s Health Group which exists to prevent worker ill health caused by exposure to physical, chemical and biological hazards.

Part-time hours are available for this role, for applicants who can commit to working a minimum of 30 hours per week.

The Benefits

- Salary of up to £40,788 - £46,783 per annum
- 25 days' annual holiday increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and 1 day Civil Service privilege leave
- Highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute 27.9% (equivalent to £14,052 per annum), far more than in the private sector
- Family friendly policies and working hours
- Carer friendly policies to help create a supportive working culture
- Parental leave benefits
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

If you’re a physicist, acoustician or allied scientific professional with experience and understanding of noise or vibration in the workplace this is an unmissable opportunity to apply your expertise with our essential organisation.

Based in our internationally renowned scientific facility, you’ll have the chance to lead vital research that shapes our approach to workplace safety, making a lasting impact and building a safer, healthier future!

We take your career and development seriously and will offer regular performance and development reviews, as well as payment of relevant professional memberships and access to learning and development programmes.

The Role

As a Lead Scientist, you will develop and manage a portfolio of research and scientific support in noise and vibration exposure and control in humans that underpins HSE's guidance and regulatory approach.

Leading work within the wider context of workplace health risk management, you’ll collaborate with colleagues from original idea stage through to the final delivery of outputs, identifying the skills and resources required for the successful delivery of projects.

You’ll encourage colleagues to conduct innovative research that is aligned to the Science Division's business and science strategies, and present findings to HSE, industry stakeholders and scientific peers.

As part of your role, you will be required to undertake some travel for site visits and meetings on an ad hoc basis.

About You

To be considered as a Lead Scientist, you will need:

- Significant, relevant and recent practical experience of leading research or assessment and management of human exposure to noise and/or vibration and/or experience within the workplace, environmental impact assessment, product safety or other contexts will be considered
- Experience of managing other project team members
- Experience of initiating and developing projects from initial idea to final delivery
- Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills
- Outstanding organisational and preparedness skills
- A BSc Degree (ideally an MSc) or equivalent in Physics or allied relevant scientific area
- A full, valid driving licence

The closing date for this role is Midday on Friday 2nd February 2024.

Other organisations may call this role Senior Research Scientist, Senior Scientist, Senior Researcher, Lead Health and Safety Researcher, Senior Research and Development Scientist, or Senior Laboratory Scientist.

Webrecruit and Health and Safety Executive are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

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