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Materials Engineer

Berkshire, UK
£37860 - £54000 per annum
Posting live until
7 Jun 2024

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AWE is currently looking for a Materials Engineer to work with the Power Sources area within The Warhead Engineering group at AWE. We are looking for a highly motivated technical specialist with a background in chemistry, materials science or materials engineering and experience in materials synthesis/preparation and characterisation. Experience of working with batteries, supercapacitors or thermoelectrics would be preferable. This role will involve working in a multidisciplinary team of Engineers and Scientists within the Non-Nuclear Components Group.

Location: Reading

Package: £37,860- £54,000 per annum

Closing Date: 07th June 2024

The Role?

Ideally, we are looking for candidates with experience of:

  • Supporting research and development programmes within the Energy and Power technologies team, leading projects where applicable.
  • Preparation of materials to support Power Sources development.
  • Understanding of key sample characterisation techniques, such as X-ray Power Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Thermal Analysis Methods and Electrochemical testing
  • Understanding how materials and components interact and affect the systems.
  • Ensuring the materials/components are safe in hostile and abnormal environments.
  • Interpreting different sets of requirements to find the optimal potting for different components.
  • Working on aging of different power sources systems.

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • Laboratory Experience
  • Supervision of laboratory technicians
  • Experience in batteries, supercapacitors and thermoelectric materials.
  • An understanding of REACH is preferred but not essential.
  • An understanding of materials and processing in relation to power sources would be beneficial.
  • Willingness to work in an engineering environment is essential.

We would like to hear from Candidates that have:

  • Proactive work approach
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to work across multiple teams and disciplines.
  • Excellent communication skills with colleagues and stakeholders
  • A very high level of knowledge and awareness in the field of technical specialism; will develop an understanding of the industry challenges and changes which could impact AWE.
  • Are willing to promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality and be a great team player.
  • The ability and desire to work in a laboratory.

Ideally, we would expect candidates to have a degree or higher qualification in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline or proven extensive experience working in a similar environment.

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 (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
  • Maternity Leave- 39 Weeks Full Pay & 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 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

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.



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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

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