Graduate Physics Associate Systems Assessment Specialist

Supports delivery of deterrent effectiveness, consequence assessment and technical verification capability to internal and external AWE stakeholders.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Preparation of technical reports and presentations in the relevant areas of systems assessment
  • Development of skills, knowledge, and capabilities necessary to support current work programmes
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality and be a great team player
  • Developing subject matter expertise in the fields pertinent to their role within Systems Assessment
  • Delivery of technical assessments using appropriate methodologies
  • Development of software codes, where appropriate
  • Participation in experimental trials, where appropriate
  • Engagement with relevant communities across AWE
  • Responsible for undertaking other duties as reasonably required from time to time by line and task management

Knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications


  • Able to analyse complex problems, propose solutions and plan work to enhance capability
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with external customers and other interested groups, some with a non-technical background
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to make sound technical judgments
  • A proven ability to deliver technical assessment work to time and quality
  • Demonstrated ability to apply appropriate methodologies to address complex technical problems


  • Degree or equivalent experience in a relevant topic (see Skills below)
  • High level of proficiency in at least one of the following discplines:
    • Dispersion modelling
    • Hydro dynamic simulation
    • Nuclear phenomenology
    • Arms control treaties
    • Missile defence technologies
    • Deterrence policy
    • Geophysical sciences
    • Structural response
  • Experience in a STEM role
  • Proven capability to effectively engage with technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Experience in operational research techniques
  • Experience in a field appropriate to nuclear phenomenology, detection science and geophysical sciences
  • The use of software modelling to conduct technical assessments
  • Willingness to conduct experimental work that may involve explosives and hazardous materials, potentially requiring the use of a respirator

Special requirements

  • Willingness to travel abroad to represent the company, e.g. USA
  • Willing and able to obtain and maintain the security clearance required for the role

Please note we recruit on a rolling basis and will be closing our schemes once we have the right number of suitable candidates and therefore encourage you to submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: Mar 31, 2017
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Location: Aldermaston/Burghfield (Reading)
  • Region: London and South East
  • Type: Graduate Programme

Other benefits...

  • A generous defined contribution pension that is flexible to suit you
  • Work towards professional registration
  • Life Assurance (4 times salary)
  • Structured and supported career progression
  • An option to take an interest free company loan of £1000 within the first 3 months
  • 9-Day Fortnight where every other Friday is a non working day
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Welcome bonus of £2500
  • Group income protection to protect your salary
  • Twice yearly Graduate pay reward
  • Access to voluntary benefits and discounts

Disciplines accepted...

  • Physics

Contact AWE

  • T: 0118 982 9000

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