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HPC Software Developer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, Berkshire, England
£33000 - £460000 per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Would you like to work on an industry leading high-performance computing platform? An opportunity is now available for a High Performance Computing Software Developer to provide computer science support, through development and deployment of software techniques and solutions.

High Performance Computing (HPC) Software Developer

Location - Reading area

Package - £33,000-£46,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 28th September 2023

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

Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing appropriate assistance for porting specific codes to new platforms
  • Design, coding, testing, installation and maintenance of software modules
  • Production of suitable online documentation
  • Interacting with vendors, universities and US laboratories on leading-edge research
  • Research level investigation of advanced novel techniques for solution of multi-physics problems
  • Development of relevant benchmarks for assessing current and future systems
  • Maintaining an awareness of current and future developments in the HPC field

Whilst not to be considered a checklist, we are interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in several of the following areas:

  • The ability to programme in C, C++, Fortran or a similar high-level language
  • Knowledge of computer architectures, in particular, parallel architectures and their applicability to running large scientific calculations
  • Familiarity with parallel programming concepts and software development life cycles
  • An interest in processing technologies: software, hardware and algorithms together with their use and application
  • Experience of using debuggers and performance analysis tools would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of open-source software
  • Experience of working in Unix/Linux environment
  • Ability to capture software requirements and produce appropriate implementations
  • Software testing experience
  • Familiarity with scripting languages - e.g. bash, python
  • Ability to write in clear and concise language on technical matters and summarise and present such material effectively
  • A Degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or other numerate discipline (a post graduate qualification (MSc/PhD) is desirable)

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain 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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