- Reading, Berkshire
- £33770 - £50650 per annum
- Closing date
- 30 May 2023
- Analytical, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics
- Contract Type
- Full Time
AWE has exciting opportunities for Mass Spectrometry Scientists to join the Radiochemistry Group, bringing their experience to AWE and to successfully play a key role delivering for our customers.
Location - Reading
Salary - £33,770 - £50,650 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)
Closing Date: 30th May 2023
As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. 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
Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site
Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration
The Radiochemistry Group within the Materials & Analytical Science (MAS) Function supports multiple programmes at AWE. This includes Nuclear Forensics for our Nuclear Threat Reduction customer who require us to maintain and develop a diverse capability which utilises a range of isotope mass spectrometry techniques to characterise materials used within the nuclear industry. The multidisciplined group collaborate with chemists, physicists and material scientists across MAS to provide an extensive characterisation capability.
The Radiochemistry group is looking for mass spectrometrists to work within the Nuclear Forensics area and contribute to additional programmes as and when required. This a multi-disciplinary role where you can be expected to use your experience with traditional mass spectrometry techniques coupled with our unique methods to characterise materials of interest.
The role requires you to perform analysis of both radioactive and conventional materials, develop and optimise existing analytical methods, participate in proficiency tests and exercises whilst also conducting discrete packages of research and development activities to ensure we can continue to meet our customers current and future needs. Traditional outputs expected are in the form of analytical reports, technical R&D reports and oral presentations.
We would be interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in some of the following:
A recognised degree level, masters or post graduate science qualification in chemistry, physics, isotope geochemistry, materials science, environmental or forensic science supplemented with relevant laboratory experience.
Experience with mass spectrometry techniques including ICPMS, MC ICPMS, TIMS or SIMS supporting material characterisation is essential
Experience or knowledge of method development and validation
Experience with data analysis and interpretation
Experience or knowledge maintaining instruments
Willingness to work with radioactive material
A proven track record with analytical and technical report writing
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and able to communicate information in a clear and concise manner.
Excellent organisational skills: capable of multi-tasking, identifying and managing priorities to meet defined time scales.
Experience of working within a team towards common goals.
A positive attitude and able to adapt well to change.
Willingness to represent AWE externally and able to travel abroad if required
A passion for scientific discovery
Candidates must be willing to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role
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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