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Accelerator Operator

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, West Berkshire
£20000 - £25000 per annum
Closing date
9 Apr 2021
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AWE is currently recruiting for an Accelerator Operator to join an Operations Team, who are tasked with the build, operation and continuous improvement of laboratory research projects.

Location - Reading/Basingstoke area

Package - 20,000 - £25,000 - depending on suitability to the role

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.

As an Accelerator Operator, you will be supporting the Hardening and Vulnerability suite of simulators that help to qualify the performance of our deterrent.

The role will involve undertaking all necessary training to accomplish the safe and efficient operation of the accelerator, provide support to the trials team with experiments, routine/ non-routine maintenance and to work as part of a team to provide a reliable efficient capability to our customers.

We would love to hear from individuals with an ONC in an engineering/science discipline, along with two years post qualification experience OR HNC in an engineering/science discipline. Someone with practical experience in experimental or operational environment High voltage experience is preferred.

You will need the following, to be considered:

  • An excellent attention to detail with the ability to follow operational instructions effectively

  • General knowledge of legislation, relevant to managing high hazard operations

  • Practical working knowledge of the importance of creating Operating or work instructions

  • Competent to work within the requirements of SQESH procedures and legislation

  • Able to safely use specialised equipment following specified procedures (Work Instructions, drawings and Company Safety documentation)

  • Working knowledge of MS Office

It would be desirable for you to have the following (not essential):

  • Awareness of electrical safety, Manual Handling, and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

  • A basic understanding of the key principles of vacuum technology

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.


We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology.

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career.

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