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Quantum Sensing Scientist

Reading, Berkshire, UK
£36640 - £46000 per annum
Posting live until
12 Jun 2024

Job Details

AWE have an exciting opportunity for a Quantum Sensing Scientist to join our Novel Detection Team.

This role offers the opportunity to develop, explore and apply your quantum sensing skills to an area of national importance. AWE has many scientific and technical challenges to measure, image and identify hidden objects. In this role, you will become an expert, and lead in one or more areas of Quantum Sensing (QS) to help us see through barriers and image objects at new levels of detail.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate and shape the growing Quantum Capability at AWE.


Location: Aldermaston, West Berkshire. We are located between Reading and Basingstoke, with onsite parking.

The successful applicant will need to be able to work from our Aldermaston site, but there is scope for a hybrid-working pattern.


Package: £36,640 to £46,000 (depending on your suitability, qualifications, and level of experience).


Closing Date: 12th June 2024


The Role

Quantum Sensors can be based (broadly) on solids, vapours, or photons. In this role you'll become an expert in one or more areas leading the development and application of Quantum Sensors. You will work with academics, supervising and steering collaborative work to develop capability in QS with potential travel opportunities for collaboration and to attend conferences.

Our application areas include non-destructive evaluation, explosive trials, threat reduction and radiography. You will be responsible for selecting and developing QS techniques that can improve on existing techniques or incept entirely new approaches. Working with the Quantum Technology teams you will articulate the benefits of new QS to our applications teams leading their adoption.

The UK QT programme is large and complicated with stakeholders in academia, industry, and other laboratories. Across the QT teams we aim to link with all the key stakeholders, and in this role, you will have the opportunity to engage across the QT community and build collaborative relationships.


Who Are We Looking For?

Candidates applying for this role should have:

  • A master's degree in a scientific or STEM discipline, equivalent NQF level 6 qualification plus some relevant industry experience


  • A PhD in a scientific or STEM discipline, or equivalent experience in a relevant role

We would be interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge, skills, or experience in some or all the following:

  • Optics

  • Experimental procedure

  • Vacuum systems

  • Cryogenics

  • Radiation detection

  • Radiography

  • Stakeholder management

  • Technical Leadership

In addition to the above you would be expected to have a specialist knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • Quantum mechanics

  • Atomic magnetometry

  • Atom interferometry

  • Entanglement

  • Non-linear optics

  • Rydberg atoms

  • Quantum Information Theory


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 with 270 hours of annual leave (including Bank Holidays).

  • 9-day working fortnight - our employees have every other Friday off work.

  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time.

  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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 market leading contributory pension scheme (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 savings.

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


Important things you need to know:

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

  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.

  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.


* Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment


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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

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

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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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