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Senior Energetic Materials Scientist

Berkshire, West Berkshire
£41950 - £55000 per annum
Closing date
12 Dec 2021
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Would you like to use your skills to play a key role in developing and understanding explosive materials? If so, the Explosives team at AWE are seeking an experienced Energetic Materials Scientist who can lead in the scale up and development of chemical formulations from grams to kilograms.

Senior Energetics Materials Scientist

Location: Reading / Basingstoke area

Package: £41,950 - £55,000 (subject to skills and experience) + Allowance

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 (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Relocation package (terms & conditions apply)

Applying your expertise, your work will focus on the research and development of new explosive materials while simultaneously working alongside our analytical and safety teams to lead the characterisation and assessment of the suitability of these materials.

To be successful in this role, it is desirable that you can demonstrate some of the following:

  • Extensive knowledge of a relevant Chemistry or Chemical engineering discipline

  • Extensive experience in formulations chemistry ideally within the explosives industry

  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written, and excellent team working ability

  • Extensive, proven and long-standing experience developing and characterising materials using a range of different processing techniques

  • Broad experience in a range of analytical techniques including particle size measurement, thermal characterisation and spectroscopy

  • Broad understanding of working with hazardous materials and health & safety

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with extensive experience and knowledge in the field of materials development, and in particular formulation and characterisation of explosives.

All 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 explosives designated areas. Some UK travel maybe required once restrictions are lifted.



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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