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Hypersonic Aerothermal Analysts

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, Reading
£35720 - £50000 per annum
Closing date
19 Feb 2024

Job Details

AWE is currently looking for enthusiastic Hypersonic Aerothermal Analysts

We are currently looking to recruit Analysis Engineers with an interest in high speed aerodynamics to join the growing Aerothermal Analysis Team and contribute to the analysis of hypersonic re-entry vehicles. These roles will involve: conducting computational analyses; improving analysis workflows; researching/ testing new methods and tools; supporting test programmes and code development; working with other team-members; and liaising with internal and external stakeholders.

Role: Hypersonic Aerothermal Analysts

Location - Reading Area

Closing date: 19th February 2024

Salary: £35,720 - £50,000 (dependent on experience)

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

Successful Candidates will be responsible for:

  • Analysing high-speed vehicles for flight trajectory, aerodynamic, aerothermal, and material response performance using a suite of bespoke tools ranging from high fidelity CFD methods to fast-running, empirically-based, codes
  • Identifying steps in analysis workflows that could be optimised and implementing appropriate solutions
  • Identifying advancements in physics understanding, improvements in modelling methods, or new workflows which could be beneficial to the team in delivering against business needs
  • Influencing, supporting, and analysing flight and ground test programmes
  • Evaluating the on-going development of bespoke analysis tools, and to contribute to validation and verification efforts
  • Supporting the technical development of other team members
  • liaising with internal and external stakeholders, including: customers, contractors, peers, and the wider analysis team, including face-to-face meetings, writing technical reports, and delivering presentations

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • A good technical degree in an appropriate subject (a higher degree would be beneficial)
  • Knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • High speed (supersonic/ hypersonic) aerodynamic analysis/ CFD Engineering
  • Boundary layer behaviour including laminar to turbulent transition
  • Flight trajectory and dynamics modelling
  • Spacecraft, orbital, or re-entry dynamics
  • Experimental Aerodynamics

  • Ability to solve problems in making computational models and methods work
  • Sound interpersonal skills, with an ability to interact with staff at all levels and also with other technical disciplines
  • Ability to produce and present clear and concise reports and presentations for customers, peers, programme management, and external meetings
  • An ability to work both individually and as a member of a team to tight deadlines
  • To be meticulous and methodical
  • To be highly self-motivated
  • Experience of working on Linux (or Unix) and HPCs
  • Experience of coding/scripting (e.g. Fortran, Python, bash) would be beneficial
  • Membership of an engineering institution
  • Heavy user of display screen equipment

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the security clearance required for the role and be willing and able to travel within the UK and overseas as required.



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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