Explosives Scientist - Mechanical Properties

West Berkshire, Berkshire
24 May 2021
14 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you have a background, or knowledge, of working in an experimental environment and are keen to develop your experience with a company that gives you every other Friday off? Then a career at AWE could be for you!

Materials and Analytical Scientist (Explosives - Mechanical Properties)

Location: Reading/ Basingstoke area

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) 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. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time.

Working within the Explosives Physical Characterisation (XPC) Team within the Materials and Analytical Sciences (MAS) Sub-Function, you'll primarily be supporting our Mechanical Properties capability, which includes both conducting standard testing, introducing new tests, and developing bespoke tests.

It is desirable that candidates can demonstrate at least a good understanding / experience of the following:

  • Working with hazardous materials

  • Compression, tensile and bend/flexural testing of materials using a universal test machine, i.e. Instron

  • Rheometry, Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) and intermediate rate testing such as Hopkinson Bar

  • Problem solving and troubleshooting

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities will include:

  • To provide technical knowledge and expertise in the field of materials and chemical science

  • To deliver assigned programmes, projects and processes, to the required scope, timescales, quality and cost

  • Analyse, characterise and assess samples using agreed analytical procedures and processes

  • Identify and rectify problems in analyses and processes, and/or know when to seek assistance where needed in rectifying them

  • Act as a representative in all relevant internal and external interactions

  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality and be a great team player

  • The Company may require you to fulfil any other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs

This is an excellent opportunity to apply your knowledge and expertise to support the UK's Nuclear defence programme and be part of a team of remarkable people achieving extraordinary things.

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.


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