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Trainee Health Physicist

RNAD Coulport, Helensburgh
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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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?

AWE currently have an excellent opportunity for a Trainee Health Physicist to join our Materials and Analytical Science group, bringing their experience to AWE and to successfully play a key role delivering for our customers.

The role is based at Royal Navy Armaments Depot (RNAD) Coulport where the ABL Alliance, compromising of AWE Plc, Babcock Marine and Lockheed Martin UK Strategic Systems Ltd, are responsible for the day-to-day management of the naval base.

The Radiation Protection and Dosimetry Group are part of the Science Resource function at AWE. We are responsible for providing legal and technical advice to a range of internal and external customers regarding health and safety in relation to working with radioactive materials and other sources of ionising radiation.

Trainee Health Physicist

Salary: £31,000

Location: RNAD Coulport, Helensburgh

Closing Date: 10th June 2024

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 266 hours of annual leave (plus every Friday off work due to a 36 hour week over four days, Monday to Thursday).
  • 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.
  • 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 generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (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.
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family.
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site.

No other organisation in the UK provides radiation protection and dosimetry advise across the same range of applications and customers. Our work covers everything from radiometric activities to nuclear transport and working on national security operations. Each present their own unique set of challenges meaning that every day is different.

We are looking to recruit a Trainee Health Physicists (radiation protection scientist) to join our team at Coulport. A career in radiation protection is an excellent choice for someone who wishes to continue to use practical, scientific and technical knowledge and skills in a multi-disciplinary environment that involves both office-based and practical elements and where the ability to communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds is essential.

The successful candidate will have either operational (worked in health physics, dosimetry, environmental, radioactive waste management, health and safety or associated fields) or have academic experience (a qualification/degree in science, technology or an engineering discipline). They will be ready and able to apply their experiences, knowledge, skills and qualifications to learning how to be a radiation protection professional.

Our two-year training scheme combines completion of training modules (titles include Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017, Health Physicist, Emergency Response and Dosimetry) and on the job experience to ensure we develop world class professionals.

All candidates must be a British National, willing, and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


Please note that you must be a British Citizen 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 to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


AWE are excited to launch our first Returner Programme, in partnership with, which is designed to support experienced professionals return to their field following a career break.

The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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