Explosive Materials Scientist

West Berkshire
22 Oct 2019
12 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Explosive Materials Scientist

Location: Reading/ Basingstoke area

Closing date 14th November 2019

AWE offer a competitive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent). A salary sacrifice scheme is also available. We will consider candidates looking for full time or part time hours.

AWE has been named in the Sunday Times top 25 big companies to work for in 2019.

Do you have experience in Finite Element Modelling and/or computer programming in Python? If so, we would like to hear from you.

Would you like to use your skills to play a key role in developing and understanding explosive materials? If so, AWE has an excellent opportunity to allow a scientist to develop their technical knowledge and expertise in the field of mechanical properties of energetic materials.

Applying your expertise, you will have the chance to be involved in the design, implementation and execution, of bespoke mechanical testing procedures/experiments, data analysis and to work collaboratively on external projects.

It is desirable that you can demonstrate the following:

  • Degree level knowledge and or experience in a relevant scientific discipline such as Chemistry or Chemical engineering
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, verbal and written
  • Broad experience developing materials using a range of different processing techniques
  • Experience in decision making and problem solving in a technical environment
  • Understanding of working with hazardous materials
  • Computer programming in Python would be desirable

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.


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