• Job Reference: R19201
  • Date Posted: 4 September 2023
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £26,200 to £38,000
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

AWE has an exciting opportunity for Technicians to join our Conventional Materials Group, bringing their experience to AWE and to successfully playing a key role in delivering for our customers.


Location: Reading

Salary: £26,200 - £38,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date - 18th 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

In this role you will provide technical expertise, experience and knowledge in a technical field by developing and maintaining capabilities, operating equipment and other technical work as directed, to support the weapon programme and/or Nuclear Threat Reduction at the product, component and material level.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Support to evaluate, interpret and report data for routine analysis
  • Help develop work instructions and safe systems of work
  • Undertake lab management including conducting Risk and COSHH assessments, and writing operating instructions

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with knowledge and/or experience of working in a lab environment and can demonstrate a basic understanding / experience of the following:

  • Working in a laboratory or technical environment
  • Awareness of safe systems of work and best practice in a laboratory environment
  • Knowledge of mechanical testing, thermal analysis or metallography

Personal attributes should include:

  • Good communication skills, verbal and written
  • Ability to work with others collaboratively in a team setting
  • Ability to operate scientific equipment
  • Enthusiastic, positive, proactive, have a flexible attitude and able to take the initiative
  • Appreciating the need for quality
  • A positive attitude towards Health and Safety

This is an excellent opportunity to build on your knowledge of working in a Laboratory to support the UK's Nuclear defence programme and be part of a team of remarkable people achieving extraordinary things

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