Where will this programme take your career?

Sorry, applications are now closed for our 2024 intake. You can register your interest and we will reach out when we reopen.

Playing a key role in keeping our nation continuously safe is just the start. Whichever pathway you take, you’ll gain excellent experience that will springboard your career like nowhere else.

From assessing the safety, reliability, and performance of nuclear warheads throughout their lifecycle to providing innovative solutions to national nuclear security, our Science function currently has over 1000 scientists who work on a wide range of complex and interesting programmes.

The learning opportunities associated with being able to tailor my time on the Evolve graduate scheme were a huge selling point for me as I can adjust my role to areas that interested me .”

Cameron, Graduate Scientist

What can I expect from the Science programme?

The Evolve Science programme provides graduates with access to a range of engaging opportunities to learn and also contribute to cutting-edge research and development.

During your first year, you’ll go on several placements where you’ll have the opportunity to work with leading scientists and experts in their field and have access to some of AWE’s unique and specialist facilities.

You will have the opportunity to shape these placements, and this will set you up to discover where you want to hone your skills to further your career in year two. At this stage you will complete two more in-depth placements where you’ll develop deeper technical skills and knowledge as you accelerate towards your first role at the end of the scheme.

Wherever the programme takes you, you’ll gain a blend of professional skills and experience that will set you on the way to an exciting and varied career, with lots of opportunity for continued development.

Throughout the programme you will be supported with the necessary technical training and development including attendance at national conferences or involvement in influential working groups.  You will also be supported in working towards professional registration relevant to your role or discipline.

Here are just some of the roles you could have a successful career in:  

  • Experimental Scientist: exercise and improve capability in understanding nuclear warhead design, performance, effectiveness and national nuclear security through theoretical research, modelling and assessment.
  • Theoretical Scientist: Providing underpinning theoretical and modelling capabilities to enhance the understanding of the complex processes associated with nuclear weapon function
  • Computational Scientist – Access to computer platforms at the scale that AWE regularly operate is something that only a handful of sites in the UK will be able to offer.
  • Criticality Scientist – Join the UK’s largest Criticality Group at AWE and develop your expertise; provide an in-house criticality safety assessment capability in support of delivering the company’s strategic objectives. This involves the delivery of criticality safety assessments during the design, operation and decommissioning phases of nuclear facilities

Sorry, applications are now closed for our 2024 intake. You can register your interest and we will reach out when we reopen.