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Civil/Structural Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, Reading
£33300 - £45000 per annum
Closing date
24 Oct 2022

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Civil & Structural
Defence, Nuclear Industry
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AWE has exciting opportunities for experienced Civil / Structural Engineers to come and join our Blast Damage Assessment Team within Physics. The successful candidate will join a multi-discipline team to provide mission effectiveness and weapons effects assessments to AWE and our government stakeholders.

Location: Reading Area

Salary: £33,300 - £45,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Civil / Structural Engineer (Blast)

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, including Bank Holidays, plus every other Friday off)

  • Flexible working hours

  • Opportunities for professional development including established career development programme to aid career progression, funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body & access to mentors and training

  • 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)

The Team

You will be working in the Damage Assessment Team within the Systems Assessments Group (SAG). This multi-discipline group provides mission effectiveness and weapons effects assessments to AWE and our government stakeholders. We also contribute a range of capabilities in support of the UK's national nuclear security.

We undertake fundamental research to understand complex blast wave propagation and the associated structural response. We utilise a range of disciplines including applied mathematics and statistics, civil and structural engineering, remote sensing and computational physics in order to provide operational analysis capability to our customer community.

What will you be required to do?

  • Participating in the research and development of appropriate tools to predict the response of structures subject to blast loading. This includes running and developing high fidelity structural models as well as reduced order models

  • Making assumptions on the design of buildings and structures based on limited information

  • Participation in experimental trials and collaboration with overseas organisations (overseas travel may be involved)

What will you need to be considered?

Ideally, you will have a proven track record of working in multi-discipline teams, making sound technical judgments, and delivery of technical research. You will also be able to work with and positively influence others. Ideally you should have experience translating customer requirements into technical programmes of work.

Having demonstrable knowledge of one of the following is essential:

  • Structural or civil engineering

  • Finite element modelling

  • Computational fluid dynamics or fluid structure interaction

To be considered for the role, you must have a degree or equivalent level of experience working in a relevant STEM area. A specialism in one or more of the following areas would be advantageous:

  • Structural design (steel or concrete) to industry standards

  • Sensitivity studies and uncertainty quantification

  • Structural dynamics

  • Seismic analysis of buildings

  • Geotechnical engineering

  • Artificial intelligence applications to remote sensing and earth observation

An understanding of blast physics would also be beneficial. Experience of working with programming languages such as Python or Matlab would be desirable as would experience in one or more software tools such as Lusas, OpenSees, OpenFoam and Staad Pro.

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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