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Software Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, Berkshire, England
£25850 - £36000 per annum
Closing date
7 Apr 2023

Job Details

Would you like to join a diverse team managing the tools, from concept through to delivery, which enable the successful execution of campaigns in the world leading Orion plasma physics experimental laser facility? AWE has opportunities for experienced Software Engineers to join our team working in our Orion Laser Facility. This role offers excellent career progression opportunities!

Software Engineer- Orion Laser Facility

Package: £25,850 - £36,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

The Orion laser facility is the size of a football stadium and contains a large neodymium glass laser system operated in ultra-clean conditions. It delivers some of the most powerful laser beams ever created.

As a software team we create and support the control systems and the SCADA interface to help deliver this capability. The systems are created for the scientists to use and operate this tool, it consists of hundreds of screens and thousands of process points, and we are looking to upgrade these control systems ready for he next 10 years.

As a member of the Orion Software team your main responsibilities will include:

  • Creating Software control for laser diagnostic instruments and devices
  • Writing software that controls sub-systems via HMI's
  • Supporting the Orion laser team with any software issues
  • Writing technical documentation to meet customer requirements, as required
  • Ensuring high quality of the work you deliver
  • Accountable for the safety of all aspects of work you carry out

Whilst not considered a checklist, candidates would benefit from having the following:

  • An ONC/HNC in an engineering discipline or equivalent experience
  • At least one Software programming system / language, preferably using one of these packages :
    - Labview,
    - C(any variation),
    - VBA,
    - Python,
    - Java,
    - Any SCADA packages
  • Experience of project life cycles and configuration control
  • Professional membership or registration preferred, or a willingness to work towards professional registration
  • Ability to work as part of a team and individually
  • Willingness to learn other software languages including Labview

Candidates must be willing to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and on occasions travel within the UK and overseas.



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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