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Blast Effects Analyst

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England / Berkshire, England, Reading
£34000 - £50000 per annum
Closing date
25 Oct 2022

Job Details

AWE is currently recruiting for a Blast Effects Analyst to support unique and challenging weapons-related projects that contribute to the nation's security. This is an opportunity to work with and help develop the latest simulation tools and techniques, using some of the UK's largest and most advanced supercomputers.

Location - Reading area

Package - £34,000 - £50,000 (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 (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off
  • Flexible working hours
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body
  • AWE Life Insurance
  • 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)

Working in AWE's Engineering Analysis Team, who provided FEA services across the entire business and lifecycle of our products, you will be involved in the following:

  • Simulation of large-scale and conventional blast effects

  • Analysis of structural response/damage

  • Hydrocode modelling

  • Explicit dynamic analysis

  • Multi physics coupling inc. FSI

In addition to day-to-day analysis tasks, other responsibilities may include:

  • Communicating analysis results through production of clear, concise reports & presentations

  • Applying model V&V techniques whilst adhering to quality assurance procedures

  • Representing the wider business at national and international conferences

We would love to hear from individuals with a degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering (or similar). Experience in one or more of the following would be beneficial:

  • Commercial hydrocodes, e.g., Autodyn, BlastFoam

  • Commercial FEA codes, particularly ANSYS, ABAQUS and LS-DYNA

  • Commercial pre-processors such as Altair HyperMesh and ANSYS Workbench

  • Explosive detonation, blast propagation and resulting structural response

  • Engineering calculations and empirical and semi-empirical analysis techniques (e.g., UFC 3-340-01, UFC 3-340-02)

  • Material characterisation and calibration of material models and equations of state

  • Testing techniques used to obtain mechanical material property data

  • Experimentation for the acquisition of model validation data

  • PLM and CAD systems - Siemens Teamcenter and NX are particularly desirable

  • Linux based HPC systems and batch submission systems

  • Use of Python scripting to automate models and analyse data

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



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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