Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Senior Fire Safety Research Scientist/Engineer

Buxton, East Midlands
£38,259 - £44,790
04 Mar 2021
28 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Fire Safety Research Scientist/Engineer

£38,259 - £44,790

Buxton, East Midlands

Reference number: 89312

At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy. One of HSE's key purposes is to ensure major hazards are properly managed in industries such as offshore oil and gas, construction and chemicals manufacture. Following the Grenfell tragedy, there’s also a renewed focus on fire safety and we work closely with the newly formed Building Safety Regulator, which is implementing a more stringent regulatory regime for higher-risk buildings. Much of our practical research takes place at the Science Division in Buxton, where we have access to an unrivalled range of large-scale testing and evaluation facilities.

The role

Joining the Fire Safety Team in our Major Hazards Group, you’ll carry out a range of practical fire safety and protection studies in collaboration with many other technical experts. You’ll contribute to innovative research work and offer consultancy advice to support HSE and a range of commercial and government customers.  You can also expect to be part of teams investigating workplace incidents and concerns, and to provide scientific and engineering support to HSE inspectors.  Your work will contribute directly to the improvement and maintenance of safety standards.

Your background

An experienced researcher, with a Masters or PhD relating to fire science, you’ll have in-depth practical experience of fire testing or other experimental research applicable to large-scale fire studies.  You’ll be used to designing, planning and delivering safe, high-quality projects to time and cost targets.  Familiarity with selecting and using relevant instrumentation, as well as data capture and data analysis, is essential. You must be capable of working independently and both collaborating within and leading teams. Strong communication skills are key, including the ability to write clear and concise reports.


There’s a lot to look forward to here beyond the generous Civil Service pension and our commitment to flexible working. We put a high value on ongoing personal and professional development and offer access to learning opportunities tailored to your role. You can also expect annual leave of least 25 days.

Our work affects people’s lives across the UK, and it’s important that our teams reflect the diversity of the society we work to protect. So we look for people to bring different skills, perspectives and experience from all walks of life, and particularly welcome BAME, disabled and LGBT+ applicants, currently underrepresented in this discipline within HSE.

To Apply

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Closing date:

Apply before 11:55 pm on 28th March 2021.