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X-Ray Operations Team Leader

Berkshire, UK
£58,500 - £92,000 per annum + negotiable
Posting live until
28 May 2024

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Are you looking for a unique and rewarding career opportunity? Would you like to immerse yourself in French culture in a gastronomic city AND work in a world class facility?

EPURE is an extraordinary facility, the first of its kind worldwide, and we are currently seeking an X-Ray Operations Team Leader to join us in the Joint Radiographic and Hydrodynamics facility.

Location: CEA Valduc 45 minutes outside of Dijon, France

Package: £58,500-£92,000 p/a (plus allowances, depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 28th May 2024

The Role?

You will lead the EPURE X-Ray Operations Team, which embeds trained and experienced personnel into a joint AWE/CEA lead team to commission and operate 3 high power flash X-Ray machines.

You will be responsible for providing effective guidance for all team members and maintain a technical capability that delivers critical skills and resources to deliver the integrated technical programme.

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

  • Excellent leadership qualities.
  • Degree in physics or engineering, or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Significant experience working with pulsed power systems, in industry or academia.
  • Enthusiasm and desire to work in a highly regulated environment.
  • Exceptional stakeholder engagement.

Requirements of role:

  • 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.
  • Expected to cover Duty Manager Rota (on-call 24/7, approximately 1 week in 6, including holiday periods)

Keywords: Leadership, 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!
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services.
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension.
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending savings.
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family.
  • 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.



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AWE plays a crucial role in national nuclear security. Working to support the defence of our country, we’re a community of creative thinkers from all kinds of backgrounds in all kinds of roles, with one clear mission – to keep everyone, our environment and everything around us safe and secure. Our role in nuclear defence and the specialist expertise we provide to the government, is vital in the defence against the most serious threats faced by the UK – and to keeping the peace. From developing the warheads for the nuclear deterrent, to providing counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions, the work we do is of global importance.

Why work for us
What we do is unique and so are the people who work here. We are a team of around 6500 people – proud to be part of such an important mission. We are com​mitted to equality at work and to mainstreaming diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that by bringing together a diverse range of people we’ll get the diversity of thought to approach challenges in new ways.

Training and development
We believe in supporting our people through long-term investment in learning and development. Alongside in-house and on-line training capabilities, we support membership of professional bodies. We also focus on building and developing leadership skills, in pursuit of our best-in-class ambition. We do this through tailored leadership development programmes, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, designed to equip our leaders with the skills to drive performance and bring out the best in their teams.

Graduate schemes
Our two-year Evolve programme offers four career pathways: Science, Engineering, Environment, Safety, Health & Quality and Corporate & Operations. The programme is designed to be flexible, to incorporate a range of experiences as well as business needs. You’ll undertake several placements to expand your knowledge of your discipline, enabling you to develop yourself and your ongoing career. Your line manager will work with you and support you on your journey.

What we are looking for
We are always looking for high-calibre people to join our team. Whatever stage of your career, AWE is an exciting and challenging environment to develop your skills and achieve your potential. Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognize and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Please note that you must be a British national to apply for a role at AWE.

Reading, UK

Number of employees

Main areas of research
Nuclear defence, nuclear forensics, radiation detection, plasma physics, hydrodynamics, high-performance computing, materials science

Positions recently recruited for
Computational physics, criticality scientists, experimental physics, radiation science, high-performance computing, radiation detection

Must be a British national and have resided in the UK for 10 years for our science and engineering roles 

How to apply
Please visit our website for further information

Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

Company info
+44 0118 98 24643
AWE Aldermaston

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