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Software Developer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
West Berkshire, Berkshire, England
£33300 - £44000 per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2021
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Job Details

AWE is currently recruiting for an experienced Software Developer, with a Physics/Maths background, for the Systems Assessments Battle Modelling Team.

Location - Reading area

Package - £33,300 - c£44,000 (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)

What Team will you be working in?

The Systems Assessments Group (SAG) is a multi-discipline group, providing mission effectiveness and weapons effects assessments to AWE and our government stakeholders. We contribute a range of capabilities in support of the UK's national nuclear security and treaty verification requirements.

The Battle Modelling Team, within SAG, covers a broad domain encompassing radiation transport, atmospheric physics and nuclear physics, mathematical algorithm development, operational analysis, Monte Carlo modelling and software development. The successful candidate will have qualifications and experience in more than one of these disciplines.

What will you be required to do?

You will be assessing the effects that nuclear weapons have on the offence and defence systems. The role includes development and management of computational models to enhance existing capability within the team and to run and analyse results from these models in order to inform key customer decisions.

You will be responsible for the following:

  • Planning, development and validation of theoretical models or software codes
  • Planning and delivery of technical assessments using appropriate methodologies
  • Engaging with technical communities across AWE
  • Contributing to interactions with international partners and external stakeholders in their field
  • Participate in Review, Learn and Improve activities with a view to leading activities in their domain

What will you need to be considered?

  • A degree in physics, maths, computer science or an equivalent STEM-based discipline
  • Experience in code development for scientific programming
  • Conversant in C++ and/or Fortran software development
  • Experience in Python and MatLab
  • A specialism in one or more of the following areas: nuclear physics, atmospheric physics, radiation transport, Monte Carlo modelling, or using bespoke software to complete detailed analyses
  • A methodical approach in undertaking technical research and conducting technical assessments to draw sound scientific conclusions
  • The ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and through technical reports
  • Be able to interpret, analyse and present data in a coherent and engaging manner
  • An understanding of radar, optics/IR, signal processing and AI/ML is highly desirable although not essential
  • Knowledge of the UK deterrent is highly desirable, and experience of the wider system and its operational use is beneficial
  • If you have experience in operational analysis, this would be highly desirable

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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