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What we do

Discover how we support the defence and security of the UK.

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Our history

Learn about our proud history and what makes up our DNA.

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Site safety and security

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Connecting communities

Keeping you connected to what is happening at AWE

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About us

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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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A unique national asset

We have unique nuclear expertise. We have a clear purpose and goals that set our direction.

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World-class expertise

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Working ethically

Learn about how we promote an ethical working environment.

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Freedom of Information

Find out how to make a Freedom of Information Act request.

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AWEsome education

Discover how we are supporting future generations.

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Local Liaison Committee

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Our regulators

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Supply chain

The supply chain is crucial to the delivery of our programme. What does it take to be a supplier.

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Local Liaison Committee

Find out more about the Local Liaison Committee and how they represent community interests.

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International partners

We seek to drive better value and efficiencies through collaborative international relationships.

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Working at AWE

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Before you apply

Things to know before applying for a job.

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How to apply

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Current vacancies

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Helen, Dynamic Modelling Engineer

Graduate of Heriot-Watt University
Degree: BEng (Hons) Robotics and Cybertronics 

The thing that impressed me most about AWE when I was considering who to apply for was the company’s commitment to the training and development of its staff. Like most people who work here, I was also keen to make a meaningful contribution to the defence of our nation.

When I left university, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. But another great thing about AWE is the flexibility, you are able to move around and try different things. So when you want a new challenge, there’s no need to uproot and move to a different company.

In my current role, I create dynamic models of systems and investigate and improve the dynamic modelling tools and techniques we use. I am the technical lead for this work area, which means that I get to decide the direction we should take and make that happen. I also hold the role of Verification and Validation Lead on a collaborative project we’re tackling with colleagues in the US.

I’ve only been here two years but already I’ve been offered loads of great opportunities and responsibility. As well as the chance to work with different people and travel to the U.S. I’ve also completed a number of placements within the company, one of which involved working as part of the safety interlock team on the ORION laser project.

If you’re thinking of applying, I’d say go for it. When you graduate, it’s important to work for a company that can support your ongoing development. And one that will apply the theory you’ve learnt at university to some real and challenging projects. Not all companies can do that, but AWE can.

Personally, I aim to achieve chartered status and gain another promotion, then take my technical area on to new levels of innovation. I’d also like to be the technical lead on a project in the future.

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