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Applied Science Technician, Berkshire

Berkshire, UK
£33,770- £55,000
Posting live until
7 Mar 2024

Job Details

AWE have an exciting opportunity for an Applied Science Technician to support shock physics materials experiments. We are looking for a someone to work with our team of scientists to develop technical capabilities, to maintain specialised facilities and to conceive and build complex trial configurations.

If you have experience in materials testing, high strain-rate apparatus, or plate impact experiments we'd love to hear from you!

Location: Aldermaston, Berkshire. We are located between Reading and Basingstoke with plenty of onsite parking.

Due to the nature of this role, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will spend the majority of their time working on site (c. 95%). Team members will need to be available to work at AWE Aldermaston during their working hours.


Package: £33,770 - £55,000 per annum, depending on experience


Closing Date: 8th March 2024



The Role:

The role will involve applying skill and knowledge in the operation of a range of technical capabilities to support empirical science research required to certify warhead performance and safety, and/or enable nuclear threat reduction activities. Specifically, this will involve the operation, maintenance, system design and improvement of high-pressure, gas driven, plate impact facilities and supporting diagnostics as well as the design, manufacture and fielding of trials in support of applied scientists.


Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Applying specialist technical knowledge and skills in the operation, fault finding, and repair of a range of laboratory capabilities that support a broad scope of empirical science activities e.g., High pressure research facilities, non-toxic explosives facility for physics experiments, etc.

  • Applying technical knowledge and skills to identify and resolve equipment issues and enhance operational performance.

  • Applying technical judgement and taking own decisions on best approach when operating complex technology where only broad overarching operating principles are set due to the uniqueness of each application.

  • Undertaking specialist laboratory science support activities, including the preparation of laboratories and the maintenance and operation of a broad range of specialist equipment, e.g. laser systems, high speed diagnostics etc.

  • Undertaking own research activities for technique/capability development, including experimental design and reporting.

  • Testing the reliability and accuracy of a broad range of data acquisition methods.

  • May be required to perform safety related roles, as required



Who Are We Looking For?

  • A proven track record of managing specialist laboratory equipment and process improvements.

  • A proven track record of supporting scientific research.

  • The ability to deliver technical solutions to team problems.

  • The ability to plan and manage the delivery of own and team tasks.

  • The ability to work in hazardous environments safely, responsibly, and effectively.


The following would be advantageous but not essential:

  • RQF level 4 Advanced Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

  • RQF Level 2 Mathematics and English

  • Experience working in high hazard science facilities and working with hazardous materials and equipment.

  • Experience of taking a leading role within a cross-disciplined team responsible for planning, setting and conducting technical activities

  • Knowledge and application of industrial standards and regulations.

  • Basic understanding of working on a nuclear licensed site

  • Willing, if able, to undertake UK and overseas travel.



What Will You Get from Us?

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 (including Bank Holidays).

  • 9-day working fortnight - every other Friday off work.

  • Flexible working hours.

  • 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.

  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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 market leading contributory pension scheme (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 savings.

  • 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.



Important things you need to know:

  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.
  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.




* Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment


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AWE plays a crucial role in national nuclear security. Working to support the defence of our country, we’re a community of creative thinkers from all kinds of backgrounds in all kinds of roles, with one clear mission – to keep everyone, our environment and everything around us safe and secure. Our role in nuclear defence and the specialist expertise we provide to the government, is vital in the defence against the most serious threats faced by the UK – and to keeping the peace. From developing the warheads for the nuclear deterrent, to providing counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions, the work we do is of global importance.

Why work for us
What we do is unique and so are the people who work here. We are a team of around 6500 people – proud to be part of such an important mission. We are com​mitted to equality at work and to mainstreaming diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that by bringing together a diverse range of people we’ll get the diversity of thought to approach challenges in new ways.

Training and development
We believe in supporting our people through long-term investment in learning and development. Alongside in-house and on-line training capabilities, we support membership of professional bodies. We also focus on building and developing leadership skills, in pursuit of our best-in-class ambition. We do this through tailored leadership development programmes, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, designed to equip our leaders with the skills to drive performance and bring out the best in their teams.

Graduate schemes
Our two-year Evolve programme offers four career pathways: Science, Engineering, Environment, Safety, Health & Quality and Corporate & Operations. The programme is designed to be flexible, to incorporate a range of experiences as well as business needs. You’ll undertake several placements to expand your knowledge of your discipline, enabling you to develop yourself and your ongoing career. Your line manager will work with you and support you on your journey.

What we are looking for
We are always looking for high-calibre people to join our team. Whatever stage of your career, AWE is an exciting and challenging environment to develop your skills and achieve your potential. Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognize and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Please note that you must be a British national to apply for a role at AWE.

Reading, UK

Number of employees

Main areas of research
Nuclear defence, nuclear forensics, radiation detection, plasma physics, hydrodynamics, high-performance computing, materials science

Positions recently recruited for
Computational physics, criticality scientists, experimental physics, radiation science, high-performance computing, radiation detection

Must be a British national and have resided in the UK for 10 years for our science and engineering roles 

How to apply
Please visit our website for further information

Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

Company info
+44 0118 98 24643
AWE Aldermaston
United Kingdom

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