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OPAL Reactor Operator

Position Overview

  • Fixed- term 18 months | Competitive Salary +15.4% super
  • Sutherland Shire | Work-life balance |  Health & Wellbeing Programs
  • Ensure the safe and efficient operation of the OPAL reactor facility.

About the Opportunity

The OPAL Reactor Operator ensures the safe and efficient operation of the OPAL reactor facility and associated plant and equipment.  Responsible for ensuring operational systems are working correctly, the OPAL Reactor Operator works in accordance with approved procedures and instructions and is instrumental in the development and continuous improvement of such processes.  Offering expert technical skills, the OPAL Reactor Operator monitors operational systems, undertakes plant and equipment testing, radiological protection and routine surveillances.  Extensive training and development is provided prior to executing these developed skills in the position. Working within a regulated environment the OPAL Reactor Operator is required to respond to incidents and make critical decisions.  The OPAL Reactor Operator will have exceptional analytical and diagnostic skills supported by trained and developed expertise in integrated reactor systems, understanding of reactor physics, thermal hydraulics and will be a key contributor towards improving plant operations and reliability. The OPAL Reactor Operator is required to work with a range of stakeholders and has the ability to communicate across the organisation.

About You

“The OPAL Reactor Operator role requires people with passion and enthusiasm to take ownership of the continuous improvement of the way we do business in order for the OPAL team to succeed in making the OPAL Reactor the safest and best operated multipurpose reactor in the world. We are inspired by the challenge of being the best we can be at meeting the health needs of the public and providing neutrons for science and technology”. Jason Chakovski, OPAL Operations Manager



Skills and Experience

  • Possession of a Post Trade Certificate to Advanced Diploma qualifications (or equivalent)
  • Strong problem solving ability and aptitude
  • Ability to operate plant & equipment from the field or from a computer based control system
  • Demonstrated experience in following policy, procedure and instructions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safe work practices and safety culture
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including experience with the production of written technical reports
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment

Your Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor the OPAL reactor facility and associated plant and equipment to ensure operational systems are working correctly.
  • Safely and efficiently operate the OPAL reactor from within the main control room or from the field in accordance with approved procedures and instructions
  • Conduct functional testing of plant and equipment, performance of routine surveillances
  • Perform defined radiological protection and surveillance tasks.
  • Respond to and report on incidents
  • Identify and implement process improvements
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About Us

ANSTO leverages great science to deliver big outcomes.  We partner with scientists and engineers and apply new technologies to provide real-world benefits.  Our work improves human health, saves lives, builds our industries and protects the environment.  ANSTO is the home of Australia's most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research.  Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.

Benefits of Working with Us

ANSTO employees are passionate about what they do. We enjoy being part of an organisation making a difference in the lives of Australians. 

We support and reward our employees through eligibility for:

  • Training, development and mentoring opportunities 
  • Performance based salary increases 
  • Work-life balance with generous leave entitlements and flexible conditions


If you want to join a world class organisation that's making a difference in the lives of Australians, apply now!

How to Apply

For further technical information relating to this position please contact Jason Chakovski on 0457 505 500.  For all other queries please contact the Talent Acquisition on 02 9717 9912.


To be eligible for appointment, applicants will require a security and pre-employment medical assessment.


Application closing date:  Wednesday 20 October 2021


All applicants must be Australian citizens.


Australian Citizens Preferred


In order to solve great challenges, we need great minds and great teams. At ANSTO, we understand that diverse teams produce better outcomes and we value the merit that a diverse perspective can bring to our team. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primary carers, those with a disability, and women in STEM. ANSTO is a charter member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and is proudly taking action to create a gender-inclusive workforce.