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Aerothermal Analysis Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
West Berkshire, Berkshire, England
£42650 - £65000 per annum
Closing date
7 Oct 2021
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AWE are recruiting for an Aerothermal Analysis Engineer to join a dedicated team and contribute to the analysis of hypersonic re-entry vehicles.

Senior Aerothermal Analysis Engineer

Location - Reading / Basingstoke area

Package - £42,650 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours a year plus every other Friday off)

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)

As a key member of the Engineering Team, this role will give you the opportunity to help develop the

team's technical capability and lead development and validation of bespoke analysis tools.

You will have the chance to engage and influence customers and through your drive, technical

aptitude and personality eventually develop into a more senior position.

Purpose of Role:

  • To lead analysis of high-speed vehicles for flight, aerodynamic, aerothermal, and material response performance using a suite of bespoke tools ranging from high fidelity CFD methods to fast-running, empirically-based, codes

  • To engage with, support and influence internal and external customers and other stakeholders

  • To lead the on-going development of bespoke analysis tools by an external contractor, understanding long term requirements and formulating a structured development plan, leading the validation and verification effort

  • To support the technical development of less experienced team members

  • To engage effectively with the Team Leader, peers, and the wider analysis team, including face-to-face meetings (when appropriate), writing technical reports, and delivering presentations

  • To influence, support, and analyse flight and ground test programmes

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • A good technical degree and membership of an engineering institution with CEng preferred

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas:

    • High speed (supersonic/ hypersonic) aerodynamic analysis/ CFD

    • Flight and/or re-entry dynamics

    • Experimental aerodynamics

    • Toolset development and V&V

    • High-temperature material response

  • The ability and personality to be a leader within the team and wider business

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to interact with staff at all levels and with other technical disciplines

  • The ability to work on long-term research and development projects, as well as to tight deadlines set by projects and customers

  • Experience of working on Linux (or Unix) and HPCs

  • Experience of coding/scripting (e.g. Fortran, Python, bash) would be beneficial

  • Ability to solve problems in making computational models and methods work

  • Ability to produce and present clear and concise reports and presentations for customers, peers, programme management, and external meetings

  • To be meticulous and methodical

  • To be highly self-motivated

  • Ability to solve problems in making computational models and methods work

All candidates must be able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to undertake occasional travel when restrictions are lifted.

Due to operational requirements, this role is available to sole UK Nationals only.



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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