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Mechanical Laser Technician

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, Reading, England
£29640 - £40000 per annum + negotiable
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

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Are you an Engineer or Physicist with an interest in High Voltage or Pulsed Power? Would you like the opportunity to work in AWE's unique EPURE facility near Dijon? Then we have the perfect role for you! AWE is recruiting for a Mechanical Laser Technician to join our Operations team at EPURE, France, providing hands on technical support operating and maintaining high power X-ray machines used in hydrodynamics experiments.

Location: CEA Valduc 45 minutes outside of Dijon, France

Salary: £29,640 - £40,000 pa (will depend on your level of experience and suitability)

Allowances: Individual allowance package provided on assignment to France

Closing Date: 04th July 2024

The Role?

As part of a joint UK/FR integrated team you will be providing engineering input to operate and maintain optimum performance of the three high-power X-ray machines used in hydrodynamics experiments.

Members of the joint X-Ray Operations Team work on subject areas ranging from the fielding and analysis of diagnostics, operating and maintaining vacuum and laser trigger systems to modelling and simulation of electron beam physics. Pulsed power technicians and engineers assist and manage a team of dedicated external contractors performing preventative maintenance.

To contribute successfully to this highly motivated team, you will have the following attributes:

  • Qualified in Engineering or Physics, or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Experience or knowledge of with pulsed power systems, in industry or academia.
  • Enthusiasm and desire to work in a highly regulated environment.
  • Exceptional team working.

Requirements of role:

  • Able to work from AWE UK sites for period of pre-deployment training ~6-12 months
  • Able to assign to France for a 5-year period (this is supported by AWE's Global Mobility Policy)
  • Able to drive (public transport to site limited)
  • It is essential that candidates be capable of reaching at least B1 level, French lessons are provided.
  • Full DV clearance at time of deployment.
  • Willing to work in high hazard environment.
  • Medically fit to work in RA and Explosive controlled area, including the wearing of negative pressure respirator.

Keywords: X-ray imaging, lasers, pulsed power, control systems, vacuum systems, plasma physics, Electron Beam Physics, Engineering, Electronics, Dijon

What will you get from us?

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries exploring France, with 270 hours of annual leave (inclusive of Bank Holidays) as there is a 5 Day working week it is possible you may get an extra week if there is a site shut down in the summer.
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training.
  • Maternity Pay- 39 Weeks Full Pay & Paternity Leave- 4 Weeks Full Pay!
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension.
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending savings.
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site.
  • Relocation package available to support deployment to France.

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



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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