Radiation Scientist

Berkshire, UK
£33770 - £47000 per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

Job Details

AWE have a unique opportunity for someone with a technical mindset to join our Arms Control Verification Research area, being part of a team ensuring AWE is "future treaty ready". If you have a strong technical background, coupled with an interest in global affairs or international relations, we want to hear from you!

This Radiation Scientist role will lead and participate in tasks to develop treaty verification technologies. Supporting the Nuclear Treaty Verification programme within the Systems Assessments Group, our multi-discipline team provides advice to government on arms control issues, looking at how States control, account for and verify Nuclear Weapons. Within this role, you will have the opportunity to travel overseas to the US and Europe, and to interact with international communities.

Location: Reading

Salary: £33,300-£44,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 08th June 2023

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.

We are keen to hear from those who have a degree in a STEM subject (or equivalent experience) coupled with at least a years' experience in a technical role. Due to the technical breadth of work, full support and training will be provided to develop knowledge and skills in the role.

Some of the responsibilities of this role include:

  • Radiation transport modelling;
  • Working in collaboration with partner laboratories;
  • Taking measurements and analysing these measurements to feed back to stakeholders;
  • Analysing problems using Systems Thinking methodology to assess specific scenarios;
  • Planning, development and validation of software codes, where appropriate;
  • Contribute to interactions with international partners and external stakeholders in their field.

We are ideally looking for a Physics, Engineering or STEM candidate to have one or more of the following:

  • Experience in Radiation Detection/Nuclear Materials Accountancy or a Nuclear Industry background;
  • Understanding of nuclear facilities; processes; and inventory items;
  • Computational modelling or experience in scientific programming using languages such as Fortran, Python or C++;
  • Understanding of treaty verification systems and equipment/techniques;
  • Systems thinking mindset;
  • An interest in Geopolitics, Global Affairs and/or International Relations.

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 three career pathways: Science, Engineering 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

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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