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Materials and Analytical Scientist

Reading, Berkshire
£33770 - £42000 per annum
Closing date
13 Jun 2023

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AWE has an exciting opportunity for a Materials and Analytical Scientist, bringing their experience to AWE and to successfully playing a key role in delivering for our customers.

Materials and Analytical Scientist (Explosives - Hazards and Physical Characterisation)
Salary: £33,770 - £42,000 (dependant on suitability and level of experience) + Allowances
Closing Date: 13th June 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)
  • Life Assurance
  • 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

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
  • Degree in scientific or STEM subject or equivalent work experience
  • 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


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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