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Applied Scientist

Reading, Berkshire, UK
£37,860 - £50,000 per annum
Posting live until
17 Jul 2024

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Are you an Applied Scientist with an interest in High Voltage or X-Rays? Would you like the opportunity to work in AWE's unique Hydrodynamics Delivery Unit?

Then we have the perfect role for you. AWE are recruiting for an Applied Scientist to develop their knowledge and experience on a distinctive system. We would like someone who has experience working with X-Rays or high voltage systems and could undertake training and mentorship of junior members of the team teaching them best practice and techniques.

Location: Reading

Salary: £37,860-£50,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 17th July 2024

The Role?

The Trials & Test Group are looking for an Applied Scientist to work in our Hydrodynamics Delivery Unit. The Hydrodynamics Delivery Unit (HDU) is a group of talented individuals brought together from multiple functions to deliver weapon-related explosive experiments for the AWE programme. Skilled scientists, engineers, technicians, and project managers all contribute to a figurative and literal dynamic trials environment.

Candidates must be willing to work safely within a uniquely hazardous environment for this role.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Maintain and operate a high voltage pulsed power system for X-Ray diagnostics for Hydrodynamic trials.
  • Contribute to the production and delivery of technical reports and presentations.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the system from concept to realisation.
  • Support the progress of designs through product lifecycle.
  • Providing instruction & guidance in maintenance techniques to other team members.
  • Maintaining and promote high standards in ESH (Environmental, safety & health), security and quality.
  • Understand the hazards and associated risks of any work conducted.
  • Maintaining and keep accurate maintenance and breakdown reports on X-Ray capabilities.
  • Producing and maintaining detailed safe systems of work within area of responsibility (i.e. Method Statements).
  • Analyse & interpret X-Ray machine data related to performance & keep accurate records of any maintenance performed on specialised X-Ray diagnostics.
  • Perform any preventative maintenance on X-Ray diagnostics and carry out repairs when necessary.
  • Candidate must be willing to undertake secondary roles for the delivery unit as required.

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates would also benefit from knowledge of ANY of the following:

  • Experience in maintaining Pulsed Power or High Voltage Systems.
  • Experience in maintaining high vacuum systems would be advantageous.
  • Experience in maintaining/operating X-Ray machines.
  • Prior experience of recording and analysing of test data.
  • Proven experience of preparing safety documentation, writing reports and giving presentations.
  • Level 3 BTEC or equivalent or experienced individuals, in an engineering or science discipline.

To be considered for the role you would ideally have an HND or degree qualification in an engineering discipline or proven experience working in a similar environment and possess strong communication skills.

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)
  • 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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