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Hannah- Threat Reduction Physicist

How long have you worked at AWE?
I’ve worked here for 7 months

What did you study at university?          
I studied an MPhys Physics at the University of Manchester

Why did you choose AWE?         
The job description fitted me perfectly! It listed skills that I had used in my Master’s project that I could now apply to a new situation in an area I was curious about and it would give me the opportunity to expand my knowledge.

Tell us about your time at AWE?
I’ve had a really exciting introduction to the organisation. In my short time here, I’ve been lucky enough to visit the US for four weeks to collaborate with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I’ve read a lot of papers on algorithms and statistics, and I’ve visited Downing Street as part of a project I am working on.

My typical day involves meetings with team members and subject matter experts and working on my deliverables, namely internal memos regarding the mathematics behind some detection algorithms.

What are the benefits of AWE?
The main benefit for me is the wide range of opportunities to learn and grow- especially learning from and working with great scientists. I also find it really exciting that I’m contributing to making a difference to the security of the country.

What do you most enjoy about your current role?
All the fantastic people I get to work with and all the opportunities I get to learn new things from people who really know their stuff!

How do you see your career progressing?           
Firstly, by completing the graduate scheme, then continuing to progress in my area by expanding my knowledge and getting charted with the Institute of Physics Then maybe one day I’ll be a subject matter expert!

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about joining the AWE graduate programme?
Security clearance can take a while but remember it’s worth the wait! Make sure you research the role you want and work with the organisation to ensure your skills match your placement. There are so many areas you can work in, so there is bound to be something perfect for you!

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