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Reading, Berkshire
£33770 - £50650 per annum
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Analytical, Materials Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

AWE has exciting opportunities for a Radiochemist 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: 4th December 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

  • 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 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 role requires you to provide technical knowledge and expertise in the field of materials and chemical science to ensure the delivery of the programme and external collaborative projects, in a cost effective, quality conscious, safe and secure manner.

We would be interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in some of the following:

  • A recognised degree level or post graduate science qualification in chemistry, isotope geochemistry or materials sciences supplemented with relevant laboratory experience

  • Radiochemical Science experience in Separation Chemistry, Radiometrology and Dissolution

  • Experience with mass spectrometry techniques including ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS or TIMS

  • Experience or knowledge of method development and validation

  • Experience using statistical tools, 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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