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Structural FEA/Senior Structural FEA Engineers

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, Berkshire, England / Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
£35720 - £65000 per annum
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

Job Details

AWE currently have great opportunities for Structural FEA and Senior FEA Engineers with varying degrees of experience.

Structural FEA and Senior FEA Engineers

Location - Reading area

Package - £35,720 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing date - 8th October 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
  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)
  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration

What will you be responsible for?

This role sits within the Engineering Analysis Team who provided FEA services across the entire business and lifecycle of our products. The analysis projects you will work on are challenging and varied and may include:

  • Linear and non-linear implicit analysis

  • Dynamic explicit analysis

  • Dynamic frequency domain 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

Experienced engineers responsibilities may also include:

  • R&D of new and novel techniques in the field of engineering simulation
  • Technical leadership and mentoring of junior analysts
  • Interacting with stakeholders & translating customer requirements into analysis deliverables

What will you need to be considered?

We'd 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 FEA codes, particularly ANSYS, ABAQUS and LS-DYNA

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

  • 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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