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Senior Research Software Engineer - Computer Aided Engineering

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
16 Jul 2021
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By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Research Software Engineer to collaborate with the world-leading researchers and technologists at Culham, joining a cutting edge engineering research team.

Joining a collaborative, inclusive and growing RSE team, you will contribute to our new STEP programme which will establish a pathway to supply net energy by the early 2040s.

Please be aware that as part of the interview process we will ask for a sample of some software that you have written (or open source software if unavailable) and a brief discussion of what you like and what you would improve.

What will you be responsible for?

Act as an expert consultant in software engineering for Computer Aided Engineering, advising on projects, designing solutions and developing skills in others informally or via training.

Manage and deliver a portfolio of projects to developing engineering related research and design software to ensure the aims are achieved with appropriate quality standards, timescales and costs and partners are kept informed.

Build relationships with Engineering and Science groups to understand their software and computing needs and with internal and external partners to define future RSE projects and collaborations.

Diagnose issues and design solutions considering full technical and human context.

Help develop the team by shaping processes, developing services and mentoring colleagues to set high standards in quality, culture and practices.

Lead initiatives to transform aspects of the wider software engineering culture and practice and contribute to training, policy, community building – within UKAEA and in relevant national & international engineering and/or RSE communities.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

Degree in a STEM subject and PhD (or equivalent experience) working in computational engineering research environment in industry or academia.

Significant experience developing and applying computer aided engineering software to solve engineering / physics problems in one or more of the following areas:

thermal-structural; fatigue / failure analysis; electromagnetic; fluid flow; neutronics; magnetohydrodynamics; rigid / flexible multi-body simulation

Experience of developing software in the area of design-simulation workflow automation software or digital twins for large complex systems.

Experience of leading and managing software work including all lifecycle activities, applying and promoting good development practice

Working knowledge of developing and deploying software on Linux and Windows platforms in two or more of C++, C#, Fortran and Python

Desirable skills, experience and competence

Familiarity with writing plugins for free or commercial CAD and CAE software.

Engineering data management, database design and administration.

User interface design and web or GUI development.

Supervising, mentoring or line managing others (either formally or informally) and interest in pursuing this further.

Making best use of scientific computing platforms such as compute clusters, HPC facilities, cloud systems or alternative architectures.

Chartered status

PhD in relevant field

Additional Information

What we offer

A competitive salary

A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors

An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives

Flexible working options including family friendly policies

Emergency leave (paid)

30.5 days’ annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service

Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)

Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme

Annual corporate bonus scheme

Relocation allowance (if eligible)

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 16th of July. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note, all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.


Do you want to help shape the future of the world's energy? If so, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is the place to be and we can offer a range of career opportunities. These include scientific and engineering roles, as well as technical and administrative positions supporting our research programme.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements, as well as job vacancies for various positions when they occur, working in a friendly international environment. 


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