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Electronics Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England, Berkshire
£24550 - £41000 per annum
Closing date
11 Feb 2022

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Defence, Nuclear Industry, Sciences
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AWE's Nuclear Threat Reduction (NTR) Division is currently recruiting for Electronics Engineers to join a small electronics research and development team. The hiring manager is willing to consider applications from individuals at different stages of their career.

Location - Reading area

Package - £24,550 - c£41,000 (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

What will you be required to do?

You'll be part of a small R&D team who are undergoing rapid expansion, so there will be plenty of opportunities to learn and develop your electronic skills in design, test and manufacture of electronic based products. The team designs bespoke electrical products to meet emerging and changing customer needs for the Nuclear Threat Reduction business area, this makes for a rapid pace of technology development.

This is a multi-disciplined role where you will be expected to carry out multiple parts of the product development lifecycle. Over time and with guidance from the team, it is expected that the individual would be involved with requirements capture, electronic circuit design, PCB layout / design and embedded programming of electrical products being manufactured for the customer.

What will you need to be considered?

We would love to hear from highly motivated individuals with a passion for engineering and desire to understand how technology works. Along with this, you'll need the following:

  • A recognised qualification in Electronics or another relevant technical field (eg, degree or completed apprenticeship)

  • Previous experience of being involved in the design of electronic circuits and interfacing of various electronic systems to meet customer needs

  • Previous exposure to embedded electronic design and multi-layer PCB design

  • Experience of electrical testing on electronic circuits, understanding and experience in the use of standard test equipment such as oscilloscopes, multimeters and function generators etc

  • Knowledge or experience in digital electronics using programable devices, and be familiar with C, C++ or Python programming languages would be beneficial

  • Strong communication skills and be comfortable speaking to both technical and non-technical people at different levels of seniority

  • The ability to capture requirements and conduct research to find appropriate solutions to technical problems

  • A willingness to support teams in offsite exercises and trials of manufactured products

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

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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