Health and Safety Officer

First Light Fusion

  • Full Time

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Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, experienced and qualified Health and Safety Officer to join our team and help us make fusion energy a reality.

Together with our H&S advisor and key members of the team, you will be responsible for the continuous improvement of H&S and wellbeing standards. Working together with various areas of our technical and operations departments, you will provide competent support to achieve best practice and assess risks collaboratively. You will also be directly involved in implementing the identified measures, be them helping with H&S documentation, delivering training or undertaking inspections.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with our advisor and with key members of the technical team from the planning stages, you will help to identify hazards and plan the best methods to safely and effectively progress our scientific activities
  • Maintaining our H&S management system and promote health and safety culture throughout the company
  • Participating to our regular health and safety meetings and holding toolbox talks with scientists and engineers
  • Drafting risk assessments, COSHH forms and other health and safety documentation for review and sign off
  • Undertaking routine inspections and helping to solve detected issues
  • Delivering or supporting health and safety training
  • Investigating recorded incidents to ensure that causes are identified and an

    appropriate resolution is put in place

  • Preparing H&S related statistics for the Board through a 6-weekly report
  • Advise Managers to stop unsafe systems of work or poor working practices where

    there is deemed to be a risk to the health, safety and well-being of employees

  • Managing the preparation of our H&S audits
  • Managing all procurement requirements in relation to health and safety


  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent
  • IOSH membership – Technical member or higher
  • Demonstrable experience in a relevant health and safety role

    in a scientific environment

  • Proactive and solutions-oriented attitude

value you will add to First Light, and how you can thrive and be happy with us. There will be opportunity to ask us as many questions as you like.

If you are invited to the second interview, it’s probably time to warm up two of your referees, as we may ask you to put us in touch with them. If you are the successful candidate, we will send you an offer letter and, once agreed, a contract.

If you are invited to an interview, we will certainly get back to you to let you know the outcome.

To help with logistics issues, we can arrange so that the two interviews are organised on the same day. We will also reimburse reasonable expenses you incur to come to talk to us.

We don’t have a dress code at First Light and regardless of seniority there is a good mix of t- shirts, trainers, shirts and blazers. For your interview, please dress in whatever makes you feel most confident and comfortable.

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

We are a small company with a huge mission. The only important aspect for the team, and for each individual, is the contribution they can make. Our selection process and requirements for career progression disregard gender, gender identity, race, disability, colour, religion, and all other aspects of diversity that make us all humans. Diverse teams have been proven to be better and we strongly believe it. We’re not perfect but we strive to be.

Information for recruiters

We work with a trusted network of recruiters, therefore CVs sent by other recruitment agencies will not be considered. In the event that the company receives a CV from both the direct applicant and a recruitment agency, the CV will be treated as a direct application by the individual only. Unsolicited contact from recruitment agencies will be disregarded.

First Light Fusion

We are a lean, focused and agile company researching energy generation by inertial confinement fusion. We spun out from the University of Oxford in June 2011 and are based near Oxford. First Light continues to work closely with the academic community, both in the UK and internationally. The company is well-funded by both institutional investors and private individuals.

Inertial confinement fusion for energy generation is a well-established research field and is being pursued in many laboratories worldwide, perhaps most notably in the US at the National Ignition Facility. We are exploring a number of alternative research directions that harness the same fundamental physics, with the prime focus being power generation. Our work to-date has included theoretical analysis, detailed numerical simulation, and experimental validation. We have an increasingly clear vision of the pathway to a power plant.

We really believe fusion will be solved in the 2020s. If it’s solved by us, fantastic, if it’s solved by someone else, still great.

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