Material, Mathematical and Chemical Modelling Scientists

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, West Berkshire, England
Closing date
4 Nov 2019
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Material, Mathematical and Chemical Modelling Scientists - 'Computing the Untestable'

Location - Reading / Basingstoke Area

Salary, £33,280 - £49,920 dependent on experience plus contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, additional benefits and an excellent work / life balance including a 9-day working fortnight.

AWE has been named in the Sunday Times top 25 big companies to work for in 2019.

Part time and flexible working hours will be considered.

The Modelling Team in Materials and Analytical Science (MAS) at AWE is looking for Scientists at various stages of their careers across Materials, Mathematical and Chemical Modelling disciplines to support research and development within a wide range of technically challenging projects.

We currently have roles available in the following disciplines and are interested in hearing from candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

· Knowledge of materials science

· Experience of running materials modelling codes

· Experience in scientific computing languages

· Experience with finite element or finite volume techniques

· Experience in uncertainty quantification

· Experience with asymptotic methods and producing analytical solutions for numerical models

· Experience in constructing materials models of representative systems

In growing our capability across these areas, we will also be looking to grow your skills and knowledge as a Modelling Scientist with opportunities for development and progression across our programmes of work. You'll have access to some of the best computing resources in the UK, a wide range of software, and like-minded colleagues across science and engineering.

If you think you have what it takes to Compute the Untestable and directly shape the future of our nuclear deterrent, apply now for a role to help with:

· Finding novel modelling solutions to difficult real-world testing problems

· Delivering representative models at all life cycle phases from 'cradle to grave'

· Co-ordinating cutting-edge projects with external academic partners

· Inspiring and developing our engineers and scientists of the future

· Ensuring we have the right people, processes and plant to deliver our current and future programmes

· Safeguarding our nation by ensuring our deterrent is credible, effective and safe, today and into the future

To be considered for these roles, you must have a degree or higher qualification in a physical science or mathematics discipline or proven experience working in a similar environment and possess strong communication skills.

We welcome applications from candidates who would like to discuss flexible/part time working.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.


We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology.

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career.

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