Scientist (Explosives - Hazards and Physical Characterisation)

Berkshire, West Berkshire
25 May 2021
15 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 - Hazards and Physical Characterisation)

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 Explosive Powder Hazard, Charge Safety and Physical Characterisation capabilities.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with knowledge and/or experience of working in a hands on experimental environment. It is desirable that candidates can demonstrate a good understanding / experience with some/all of the following:

  • Working with hazardous materials

  • Explosive Powder Hazard Testing (e.g. friction, impact, thermal, ESD) and Explosive Charge Safety Testing

  • Test design and incorporation of additional potential diagnostics, e.g. high speed video, blast gauges, acoustic monitoring, gas sensing etc.

  • Powder characterisation, e.g. particle size, density, surface area, optical microscopy, SEM

  • 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

  • May be required to carry out safety related roles including but not limited to Work Supervisory Officer; COSHH Assessor; Risk Assessor; Manual Handling Assessor; Radiation Protection Supervisor

  • 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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