Explosives Development Scientist

West Berkshire
20 Aug 2019
17 Sep 2019
Clearance Level
Job Type

Explosives Development Scientist

Location: Reading/ Basingstoke area

Closing date 20th September 2019

AWE offer a competitive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent).

A salary sacrifice scheme is also available. We will consider candidates looking for full time or part time hours.

Would you like to use your skills to play a key role in developing and understanding explosive materials? The Materials Development Team are seeking an experienced person who can lead in the scale up and development of formulations from grams to kilograms.

Applying your expertise, your work will focus on the research and development of new explosive materials while simultaneously working alongside our analytical and safety teams to characterise and assess the suitability of these materials.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with experience or knowledge in the field of materials development.

It is desirable that you can demonstrate the following:

· Degree level knowledge of a relevant scientific discipline such as Chemistry or Chemical engineering

· Strong communication skills, verbal and written

· Broad experience developing materials using a range of different processing techniques

· Experience in a range of analytical techniques e.g. particle size measurement, thermal characterisation and spectroscopy

· Understanding of working with hazardous materials

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

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.