Experimental Scientist

  • Job Reference: R16369
  • Date Posted: 8 September 2023
  • Recruiter: AWE
  • Website: https://www.awe.co.uk/
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £33,770 to £47,000
  • Sector: Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Do you want to be part of an organisation which keeps the nation safe? 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: £33,770- £47,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 22nd September 2023

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)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • 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

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.