Graduate Opportunity

Human Factors Engineer


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Working at AWE

What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

AWE has an exciting new opportunity for a Graduate level Human Factors or Ergonomics Engineer to apply their learning to a wide variety of tasks. The successful candidate will help to deliver high quality projects that respond to the needs of AWE, putting its workforce at the core of design solutions. This role offers excellent career progression in a small and supportive team, whilst also enjoying the benefits of a great work life balance that gives you every other Friday off.

What we do is unique and so are our people

For 70 years we've been part of the defence and security for our nation.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing input into the design of process, plant and equipment.
  • Supporting human factors assessments used to underpin safety justifications.
  • Providing support to incident/near miss investigations.
  • Helping to maintain and develop AWE’s Human Factors standards and guidance.
  • Supporting the design and safety governance processes by independent review of designs and safety assessments.

The Human Factors Team are looking for an aspiring Engineer to learn about and support the delivery of a variety of multi-discipline projects across various areas within AWE including radioactive, explosives and chemical plant. 

About you

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who have recently graduated or have completed a master’s degree in Human Factors or Ergonomics and are looking to develop their skills. Once you’ve started your career, we will assist your development through the continuation of training. Through the experience you gain at AWE we will help you progress towards Chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates would benefit from knowledge/experience of ANY of the following:

  • Working in a multi-discipline team.
  • STEM degree
  • The application of human factors methodologies, such as: task analysis, Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, human error analysis, control room design, workload assessment, safety critical task assessment.
  • Working in a formal project delivery & regulated environment.
  • Awareness of health and safety legislation preferably in nuclear industry context.

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 (inclusive of 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.

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

Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role at AWE.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £26,500 - £33,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Epure, France
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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