Experimental & Applied Physicists

Reading, UK
£28500 - £60000 per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2022

Job Details

AWE's Physics function is expanding, and we are looking for people, at various stages of their careers, to join us! AWE can offer a diverse and unique working environment where you could be working with advanced scientific hardware to support technically challenging projects.

Experimental & Applied Physicists

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area (Potential opportunities for hybrid working in some roles)

Salary: Junior Physicists (recent graduates): £26,500 - £30,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Experienced Physicists (PHD or graduates with post-grad experience): £33,000 - £45,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Senior Physicists (experienced physicists with qualifications coupled with experience in industry): £45,000 - £60,000 (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:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme;

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

  • Flexible working hours;

  • Investment in people including an established career development pathway, opportunities to travel overseas and collaborate with likeminded people & access to mentors and coaches;

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

  • Relocation package available for senior physicist opportunities

In support of our important mission to support current and future nuclear deterrent, security and threat reduction programmes, we have new opportunities available in the following disciplines:

  • Physics of materials: Experiments measuring material properties in exotic states of matter such as those found in the centre of planets or stars, and during violent chemical and nuclear reactions. There is the opportunity to develop and use cutting edge experimental techniques on various national and international facilities, such as the Orion laser and ASP accelerator at AWE, DLS(UK), NIF(USA), LCLS (USA), EuroXFEL(Germany). A wide range of data is needed including atomic and nuclear cross-sections, high pressure EoS, strength and fracture, plus high explosive detonation properties;

  • Radiation Detection: Search, detect and diagnose radioactive material using a wide range of radiometric techniques and technologies;

  • Radiation Science: Develops and utilises photon, electron and neutron transport codes. Some commercial codes such as MCNP are used, other codes are bespoke or developed in-house. Using your background of physics, you shall be able to understand the concept of the calculations that are required. This role will entail analysing tasks and performing modelling of the transport of electrons, photons or neutrons through different mediums. Results will need to be presented through reports or verbal presentations to internal and external customers;

  • Technology Development: From diagnostic instrumentation to experimental platforms, the focus is on pushing the boundary of latest industrial and scientific capabilities and inventing new capabilities where none exist to address scientific data needs; the broad ranging technologies of interest include, but are not limited to, high energy lasers, pulsed power/accelerator systems, neutron generators, ultra-highspeed imaging systems, interferometry, spectroscopy and advanced sensors;

Not to be considered a checklist, we are interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in several of the following areas:

  • A degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or other numerate discipline; equivalent NQF level 6 qualification or equivalent experience;

  • Strong communication skills verbal and written;

  • Able to provide technical input within own field of expertise that can influence project or team activity;

  • Ability to plan and manage the delivery of own work, and that of a small technical team;

  • Ability to manage and operate specialist equipment and develop and define specialist research processes to deliver solutions to technical problems;

  • Ability to solve technical problems by applying specialist technical knowledge of scientific laboratory equipment.

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 www.awe.co.uk/careers for further information

Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

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0118 98 24643
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United Kingdom

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