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Materials and Analytical Support Scientist - Explosives

Hampshire, Basingstoke / Berkshire
£21150 - £27000 per annum
Closing date
19 Oct 2022

Job Details

Do you have a background in, and/or experience of, working with explosives? Are you keen to develop your career with a company that provides comprehensive training and development along with every other Friday off? Then a career at AWE could be for you!

Materials and Analytical Support Scientist - Explosives

Location : Reading / Basingstoke area

Package: £21,150 - £27,000 (depending on experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:
  • Generous holiday entitlement 270 hours a year (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off
  • Flexible working hours
  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Market leading contributory pension scheme
  • AWE Life Insurance
  • Salary sacrifice benefits scheme

Working within the Explosives Life and Assessments (XLA) Team within the Materials and Analytical Sciences (MAS) Sub-Function, you'll primarily be supporting our Teams to enable them to carry out activities safely and securely. This will include working with explosives, trials and tests data, and life assessment support.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with knowledge and/or experience of working in a hands-on experimental environment e.g. lab work. It is desirable that candidates can demonstrate at least a good understanding / experience of the following:
  • Working with hazardous materials
  • Managing laboratories and/or facilities
  • Document and Laboratory Quality
  • Good Laboratory Practices
  • Safe Systems of Work (e.g. Operating Instructions, Risk Assessments, COSHH Assessments, Manual Handling Assessments)
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting

The role will likely include taking on several additional roles for which training will be required:
  • Risk Assessor
  • COSHH Assessor
  • Asset Change Manager (ACM)

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities for the role include:
  • To support the delivery of key programmes, projects and/or trials
  • To support the maintenance and development of the underpinning experimental capabilities
  • Analyse samples using agreed analytical procedures and processes
  • Undertake work in compliance with Company processes, standards, and procedures
  • Support continuous improvement activities within the local area
  • Maintain high levels of housekeeping within the work environment
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality and can be a great team player

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 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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