Applied Scientist

Berkshire, England, West Berkshire
£33300 - £44000 per annum
10 Nov 2021
01 Dec 2021

AWE is currently recruiting for an Applied Scientist to undertake radio-metrological practices to characterise nuclear materials throughout Production, Decommissioning and Waste Services supported by empirical scientific research and experimentation necessary to underwrite the safety and performance of nuclear warheads, maintain national nuclear security and develop the capability and technology that meets future nuclear deterrent needs.


Location - Reading area

Package - £33,300 - £44,000 (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
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • 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 (terms and conditions apply)


What will you be responsible for?

  • Maintaining a good level of knowledge and awareness in chosen technical field(s)
  • Participating in collaborative working relationships (internal/external)
  • Ensure technical equipment is maintained and operated appropriately and risks are appropriately communicated
  • Undertake assessment of own work as part of progress checking, provide progress reports and deliver final technical output to scope
  • Ensure the safe conduct of research activity and take appropriate action to maintain and improve standards


What will you need to be considered?

  • Degree in a scientific or STEM discipline, equivalent NQF level 6 qualification or equivalent experience
  • Working experience conducting empirical scientific research in the field of radiometric physics, ideally applied to nuclear material characterisation and drawing and presenting sound detailed conclusions
  • Working experience of managing own research project activities
  • Ability to plan and manage the delivery of own work or that of a small technical team
  • Able to provide technical input within own field of expertise that can influence project or team activity
  • Able to solve technical problems by applying specialist technical knowledge to own work, or working as part of a team, transferring knowledge to help solve problems outside their own area of expertise
  • Prepared to work in designated radiation and contamination areas


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


AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.


AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.

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