Experimental & Applied Physicists

  • Job Reference: R13690
  • Date Posted: 16 June 2022
  • Recruiter: AWE
  • Website: https://www.awe.co.uk/
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £26,500 to £58,000
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

The AWE Physics function are currently looking for a wide range of candidates, with a broad range of skills, at various stages of their careers, to work alongside likeminded scientists. AWE can offer a diverse and unique working environment where you could be working with advanced scientific hardware to support technically challenging projects.

Experimental & Applied Physicists

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area (Potential opportunities for hybrid working in some roles)

Salary: £26,500 - £55,000 (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)

In support of our important mission to support current and future nuclear deterrent, security and threat reduction programmes, we have new opportunities available in the following disciplines:

  • Physics of materials: Experiments measuring material properties in exotic states of matter such as those found in the centre of planets or stars, and during violent chemical and nuclear reactions. There is the opportunity to develop and use cutting edge experimental techniques on various national and international facilities, such as the Orion laser and ASP accelerator at AWE, DLS(UK), NIF(USA), LCLS (USA), EuroXFEL(Germany). A wide range of data is needed including atomic and nuclear cross-sections, high pressure EoS, strength and fracture, plus high explosive detonation properties.

  • Radiation Detection: Search, detect and diagnose radioactive material using a wide range of radiometric techniques and technologies

  • Radiation Science: Develops and utilises photon, electron and neutron transport codes. Some commercial codes such as MCNP are used, other codes are bespoke or developed in-house. Using your background of physics, you shall be able to understand the concept of the calculations that are required. This role will entail analysing tasks and performing modelling of the transport of electrons, photons or neutrons through different mediums. Results will need to be presented through reports or verbal presentations to internal and external customers

  • Technology Development: From diagnostic instrumentation to experimental platforms, the focus is on pushing the boundary of latest industrial and scientific capabilities and inventing new capabilities where none exist to address scientific data needs; the broad ranging technologies of interest include, but are not limited to, high energy lasers, pulsed power/accelerator systems, neutron generators, ultra-highspeed imaging systems, interferometry, spectroscopy and advanced sensors

Not to be considered a checklist, we are interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in several of the following areas:

  • A degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or other numerate discipline; equivalent NQF level 6 qualification or equivalent experience

  • Strong communication skills verbal and written

  • Able to provide technical input within own field of expertise that can influence project or team activity

  • Ability to plan and manage the delivery of own work, and that of a small technical team

  • Ability to manage and operate specialist equipment and develop and define specialist research processes to deliver solutions to technical problems

  • Ability to solve technical problems by applying specialist technical knowledge of scientific laboratory equipment

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