Materials Scientist

  • Job Reference: R21570
  • Date Posted: 12 February 2024
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £33,770 to £40,000
  • Sector: Government & Defence, Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

AWE is currently recruiting for a Materials Scientist within the Conventional Materials Science (CMS) group.

Location - Reading
Salary - £33,770 - £40,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)
Closing Date - 29th February 2024

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

  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration

Within the role of a Materials Scientist you will carry out synthetic and formulation chemistry within Flexible Organic and Additive Manufacture team. This could include providing technical knowledge and expertise in the field of polymer materials and chemical science.

We would be interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in some of the following:

  • Degree (or equivalent) chemistry, materials science, natural science or similar

  • Knowledge of general materials science, inorganic chemistry, or organic chemistry

  • Previous experience with materials ageing

  • Working knowledge of UK REACH

  • Laboratory experience in a wet chemistry laboratory

  • Knowledge/experience of techniques such as rheology, thermal analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis, mechanical testing

  • Knowledge of additive manufacturing processes (3D Printers)

  • Knowledge of safety paperwork including COSHH, risk and manual handling assessments

  • Good standard of report writing

Successful candidates will typically be responsible for the following:

  • Prepare, analyse, characterise and assess samples using agreed procedures and processes

  • Produce documentation to communicate projects

  • Develop knowledge in a particular scientific or product field and share best practice.

  • Assistance with COSHH Assessor; Risk Assessor; Manual Handling Assessor

  • Lead technical programmes (dependent on prior experience)

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance prior to starting in the role.