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FEA Scientist/Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, England
£30000 - £50000 per annum
Closing date
2 Nov 2022

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FEA Engineer/Scientist

We have an exciting opportunity for a finite element analyst to join the Thermomechanical Effects Team to grow our simulation capability. We are looking for the successful candidate to have experience in a FEA role, however we are happy to consider candidates at various stages in their career. This role can offer excellent career development opportunities for somebody looking to gain further experience and build a career at AWE, or can provide interesting work for an experienced FEA Engineer/Scientist looking for an exciting new opportunity.

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area (on-site role)

Package: £30,000 - £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, including Bank Holidays, plus every other Friday off)

  • Flexible working hours

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, an established career development scheme to support progression & 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

The role:

The Thermomechanical Effects Team's mission is to assess the performance of nuclear weapons in extreme environments using state of the art modelling tools to predict how weapon components and systems respond to extreme temperatures and mechanical shocks. You will be constructing finite element analysis models to undertake thermo-structural response of individual components and integrated systems to push the boundaries of physics and engineering.

This is to support the design and approval process, troubleshoot complex problems and assist with new technology research. This will involve constructing mesh models from drawings/CAD, de-featuring models and applying appropriate meshes to models to enable quantities of interest to be resolved.

To be a success in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree or Master's in physics or engineering. Although not essential a relevant PhD would be beneficial

  • Experience in finite element analysis or other numerical simulation discipline

  • Experience in different mesh types and their application to complex geometry

  • Experience in performing dynamic and thermo-mechanical analysis would be beneficial

  • Knowledge of at least one data analysis tool (Python, Perl, C++, Fortran) would be beneficial

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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