Principal Scientist Hazardous Materials


Buxton, Derbyshire

Principal Scientist Hazardous Materials


£51,962 - £58,227

Posted by on January 6, 2021.


At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britain’s industries. Combining specialists from numerous fields, we strive to keep people and their working environments safe.

We don’t just inspect workplaces and investigate incidents, we campaign for better H&S practice, we craft and review guidance and regulations, we provide specialist products and services both here and overseas, and we produce crucial research and statistics – all towards our goal of helping Great Britain work well.

This exciting opportunity will be based in the Science Division of the HSE at our research laboratory and unique outdoor testing facilities, in Buxton, Derbyshire.

HSE’s Science Division is a world-leading provider of health and safety solutions to industry and government. The scope of our work requires a diversity of talented individuals.

Our capabilities encompass a wide range of topics including: fire, explosion, process safety and engineering; occupational and environmental health; risk assessment; work environment; and specialist photographic and analytical services.

This breadth of expertise underpins our particular strength in creating multidisciplinary teams to support major incident investigations and policy development, as well as undertaking high quality research.

This vacancy is for an experienced explosives scientist/engineer to lead experimental testing and research work on explosives within the Hazardous Materials team in the Major Hazards Group. This role is to provide leadership and technical insight for a team working primarily in the area of explosives testing. You will also contribute to the work of the UK Explosives Approved Body – this has replaced the UK Explosives Notified Body as the UK has left the EU. In addition, the role will involve working closely with business development staff and potential customers and other stakeholders to develop work in this area. This is an excellent opportunity to use your skills to contribute to innovative work to support industry and government funded research projects to directly improve the lives of people in their workplaces and ensure the safety of new emerging technologies.

In addition, you can expect to contribute to a diverse range of additional projects within the health and safety sector, for both HSE and commercial customers. You will be part of a team of specialists and will also collaborate with colleagues across many other disciplines.

The job role has now been closed.