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Undergraduate Placement Year - Environmental Scientist, AWE

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Undergraduate Placement Year - Environmental Scientist



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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical? 


For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions. 


It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you? 


What to expect on the programme 


As an undergraduate student within Environmental Monitoring, you will get the opportunity to work in an exciting part of AWE ensuring compliance through delivery of regulatory requirements. In this role you will carry out regular scientific collection and analysis in support of regulatory duties, including the radiological and chemical monitoring of aqueous, airborne particulate, sediments and organic samples. The role also gives opportunity for learning about permit compliance, producing regulatory reports and assisting in programme reviews.  You will also be involved in providing bulk waste sentencing for small and large construction and demolition projects by planning, and scientific radiological and chemical analysis with a statistical reporting approach. 

We are interested in applications from candidates working towards a degree in Environmental Science or Natural Sciences as well as Geography, Chemistry or Environmental Management. Most importantly we are looking for enthusiastic individuals keen to get involved and work on interesting research and tasks.  Some of the projects you may get to work on include: 

Assist in environmental programme development and review to support Best Available Techniques (BAT) studies and statements 

Development of in field sampling capabilities 

Support the bulk waste characterisation programmes major projects, e.g. planning and scheduling programme elements, managing tasking (customer agreements) and sentencing waste using statistical reporting 

Data manipulation and upload to support permit compliance 

Overview of laboratory analytical processes 


What behaviors you’ll have 


You will possess the following traits and qualities: 

Growth Mindset; You’re full of grit and determination. Clear where you are going and how you will get there. 

Curious; you’re a person who loves to think outside the box. (You’re a person who loves to take the box apart!). 

Innovative; you’re open to learning about new technologies and ground-breaking ideas. 

Resilience; you’re an advocate of ‘speaking up’ for yourself and others openly and constructively. 

Team Worker; you’re dependable and reliable.  You’re interested in collaborating with and supporting others. 


You will be based at Aldermaston, nr. Reading. 

What you’ll get 


We offer all undergraduate students a salary of £20,500 

A market leading contributory pension scheme 

Generous holiday entitlement 

Excellent work/life balance  

9-day working fortnight. This means you get every other Friday off work. 

Access to employee benefits portal – everyday savings on leisure, hospitality and retail. 


Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field.  


Starting dates and process 

Undergraduate Placement Induction will be on 5th August 2024, please avoid taking leave during this period if you are successful. This role is offered on a 12 month contract.  

We recruit on a rolling basis which means as soon as our positions have been filled, the scheme will close to new applications. So, please apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out! 

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role with us. 


Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise 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.  

Any inclusion information you provide us will be used

Location requirements

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Onsite location

Aldermaston, West Berkshire, England, United Kingdom

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Full time

Employment duration

Temporary or seasonal

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Compensation and benefits

Expected pay

20,500 GBP per year

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Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Candidate qualifications

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Latest graduation date


Course categories

CartographyConservationEarth SciencesFisheries & WildlifeForestryGeology/MiningNatural Resource ManagementOceanographyEnvironmental Management & Sciences

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Application process

Application open date

20/9/2023 00:00 +01:00

Application close date

30/3/2024 00:00 +00:00

Number of hires


How will candidates submit applications?

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