Theoretical Scientist (Treaty Verification Systems)

  • Job Reference: R14138
  • Date Posted: 4 May 2022
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £33,300 to £45,000
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

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 an interest in global affairs or international relations, coupled with a technical background, we want to hear from you!

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area

Salary: £33,300 - £45,000 (dependent on skills and 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 (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • Flexible working opportunities

At AWE, we have a requirement to ensure that we are "future treaty ready" and therefore, this role will lead and participate in tasks to develop treaty verification systems and improve our understanding of how compliance with a range of treaties could be demonstrated at AWE and abroad. Within this role, you will have the opportunity to travel overseas to the US and Europe.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Planning and delivery of technical assessments using appropriate methodologies;

  • Planning, development and validation of software codes, where appropriate;

  • Engaging with relevant communities across AWE;

  • Contributing to interactions with international partners and external stakeholders in their field;

  • Supporting continued development and implementation of best practice in the delivery of technical work;

  • Ability to represent AWE at international forums;

  • Planning, development and validation of theoretical models or software, where appropriate.

We are keen to hear from those who have a degree in a STEM subject (or equivalent 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.

Candidates would also benefit from having any of the following:

  • A systems thinking mindset;

  • An interest in Geopolitics, Global Affairs and/or International Relations;

  • Development, modelling, and trials of equipment and processes;

  • Some understanding of International Security;

  • Understanding of current treaty verification concepts and the development of new ones;

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