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Postgraduate Engineering Opportunities

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, Reading
£33000 - £53000 per annum + Plus great benefits
Closing date
5 Apr 2024

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Postgraduate Engineering Opportunities

Amazing Career Opportunities for Students Completing Postgraduate Degrees (MSc, MRes, MPhil, PhD, EngD, DPhil etc)

Do you want to become a recognised expert in a specific field of Engineering? If so, we are looking for people currently studying, or who have recently completed, a postgraduate degree in any engineering subject. We are particularly interested in people who have some industry experience already.

Location: Aldermaston, near Reading, Berkshire

Salary range: £33,000 to £53,000 (depending on experience)

To apply for these vacancies, 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, if applicable.

You must be a UK national who has been resident in the UK for the past 10 years.

AWE is at the start of once-in-a-generation work programmes that will ensure we protect the UK's safety and security for decades to come.

About AWE and our Engineering Vacancies

We are consistently ranked in the UK's Top 25 'Best Big Companies to Work For' with more than 6,500 people working on our sites and an annual turnover of £1.4 billion. For nearly 70 years, we have been at the forefront of the UK's defence. We have been assigned a critical mission by the UK Government:

  • to protect the UK from nuclear threats such as terrorism and the contravention of international treaties

  • to provide the warheads for the UK's current nuclear deterrent - Trident

  • to design, develop, manufacture and maintain the warheads for future nuclear deterrents

To support our growing technical programmes to meet this mission, we are undergoing a huge infrastructure refresh to deliver unique facilities to enable the creation of new products.

Within our Engineering Function we have opportunities across the following fields

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Aeronautical/Aerospace

  • Building Services

  • Chemical & Processing

  • Civil & Construction

  • Computational Engineering & Modelling

  • Defence & Weapons Systems

  • Design

  • Electrical

  • Electronics

  • Explosives

  • Facilities and Assets

  • Firmware/Software

  • Guidance & Navigation

  • Hardware-in-the-loop

  • Human Factors

  • Maintenance

  • Materials

  • Mechanical

  • Nuclear

  • Safety and Security (Surety)

  • Sensors

  • Structures inc. blast effects

  • Systems

Prior experience in nuclear defence is not necessary.

How we will expand and accelerate your career

Whatever your interests, and whatever stage you are in your career - we are likely to have a relevant role.

We will map your skills, knowledge and experience to vacancies linked to current and future nuclear warheads, nuclear threat reduction, manufacturing solutions and our building and infrastructure programme.

Your work at AWE will cover some or all of: concept generation, R&D, design, manufacture and processing, construction, assembly, testing & trials, commissioning, safety & reliability, maintenance.

Many roles will provide the opportunity to interact with our UK and overseas customers and partners and could involve visits or secondments to the USA and France.

If you are not yet a Chartered Engineer, then we will support you (if you wish) to work towards professional registration. If you are already Chartered then we will support you to reach a senior level, such as Fellow, in your chosen Professional Engineering Institution as well as pay for one professional membership each year.

AWE has a highly inclusive culture. You will be supported by colleagues and management to bring your unique contribution to our work. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are prominent here. You can join any of our six staff-led ED&I working groups to help guide our values.

You will be continually developed through CPD, training and the annual career review process. There is the potential for secondments to areas of AWE outside of your day-to-day role.

You will gain a strong feeling of satisfaction that you are making a real difference to yourself, to AWE and to the safety and security of the UK.

What benefits will you receive?

As part of our People Promise, AWE has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training

  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services

  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)

  • Life Assurance

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family


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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