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Scientist (Nuclear Materials - Process Development)

Berkshire, West Berkshire
£33000 - £45000 per annum
Closing date
11 Nov 2021
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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK's ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

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!

Scientist (Nuclear Materials - Process Development)

Location: Reading / Basingstoke area

Package - £33,300 - £45,000 (dependent on experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours a year plus every other Friday off)

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

Working within the Metals Group within the Materials and Analytical Sciences (MAS) Sub-Function, you'll primarily be supporting our world class capability for testing of nuclear materials and process development.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have experience of working in a hands on environment and whilst not to be considered a checklist, knowledge and or experience of any of the following would be preferred:

  • A broad knowledge of general metallurgy

  • A sound knowledge of the theory and practice of mechanical testing / metal casting

  • Working with hazardous materials

  • Provision of advice to help resolve technical issues

  • Good awareness of health and safety regulations relating to work with chemicals/radioactive materials

  • A knowledge of safety and quality procedures relevant to the job

  • Practical experience within a physical / metallurgical laboratory

  • Sample handling and preparation

  • Operation of complex instrumentation

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities will include:

  • Provide technical knowledge and expertise in the field of materials and metallurgical processes

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

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

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

  • Maintain awareness of developments in underpinning experimental capabilities

  • 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.

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 people with disabilities.



AWE has responsibility for maintaining the UK’s nuclear deterrent and supporting national nuclear security from warhead safety and performance to providing support to users in the field. Our scientific and engineering expertise is second to none. As is our approach to predicting the performance of a system that can never be tested, but has to work. We’re looking to recruit specialist scientists to support our core programme. Our strength lies in our diversity. An extremely broad range of employees brings different skills and experiences to the team.

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