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Experimental Scientist

Reading, UK
£30000 - £45000 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2022
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AWE is currently recruiting for an Experimental Physicist to exercise and improve capability in understanding nuclear warhead design, performance, effectiveness and national nuclear security through theoretical research, modelling and assessment.

Location - Reading area

Package - £30,000- £45,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Generous holiday entitlement 270 hours a year (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off;

  • Flexible working hours;

  • Potential opportunities to travel overseas for conferences and international collaboration;

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time;

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include an established career development pathway, funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body and access to mentors and training;

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme;

  • AWE Life Insurance.

You will be responsible for:

  • Developing, supporting and executing experiments at AWE and international laser facilities, to test, underwrite and validate theoretical models and in-house physics codes;

  • Using and developing existing or new computational tools to predict and analyse experimental data;

  • Engagement with relevant communities across AWE;

  • Contributing to interactions with international partners and external stakeholders in their field;

  • Preparing detailed proposals and technical reports on experiments and their analysis.

To be considered for this role, we would ideally need candidates to have the following:

  • Degree in a scientific or STEM discipline, equivalent NQF level 6 qualification or equivalent experience;
  • Experience and enthusiasm in undertaking technical research and conducting technical assessments to draw sound scientific conclusions;
  • Conversant in the use of desktop computers and familiarity with standard IT products;
  • Clear and concise communication approach, both oral and written;
  • Good proactive, influencing and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to prioritise a varied workload for self or a small team; ensuring timely delivery;
  • Methodical approach to complex problem solving using technical knowledge.

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



AWE profile imageWe put the science and engineering into nuclear defence. We’re a team of creative thinkers from all kinds of backgrounds working at the heart of nuclear defence and security. We have one clear mission – to keep everyone and everything around us safe and secure from nuclear threats.

Why work for us
What we do is both interesting and exciting, especially now that the government has announced the replacement warhead programme. Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects that no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a “nine-day fortnight” giving you every other Friday off to spend more time doing the things that you love.

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 three career pathways: Science, Engineering and Future Leaders. 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 to create an appropriate pathway for you – and support you on your journey.

AWE is an equal-opportunities employer. We nurture a culture of diversity and inclusion – a place where we can ALL be ourselves. We value respect, empathy and open-mindedness and welcome applications from all backgrounds. We are always looking for high-calibre people to join our team, so why not explore the opportunities that we currently have on offer. Whatever stage of your career, AWE is an exciting and excellent environment to develop your skills and achieve your aspirations. 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

How to apply
Please visit our website for further information

Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

Find Us
0118 98 24643
AWE Aldermaston
United Kingdom
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