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Finite Element Analysis Engineers

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Reading, Berkshire
£34000 - £65000 per annum + Pension, life insurance
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Nuclear, Other
Defence, Nuclear Industry
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AWE is currently recruiting for Finite Element Analysis Engineers

The Engineering Analysis Team support AWE's mission by providing a range of computational mechanics services to the business, such as finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermal and blast analysis. The team work on challenging, weapons-related projects which underpin continuous-at-sea-deterrence and contribute to the security of the nation.

We have multiple vacancies for finite element analysis (FEA) engineers, at both junior and senior levels, to work on a variety of exciting and unique structural mechanics and thermal analysis projects.

Location: Aldermaston, West Berkshire. We are located between Reading and Basingstoke, with onsite parking.

Salary: £34,000 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing date: 10th June 2024

The Role

The types of analysis the team undertake are varied and may include:

  • Linear and non-linear static structural stress analysis

  • Transient dynamic explicit analysis

  • Frequency-domain analysis (modal, harmonic, shock response, etc.)

  • Coupled multi-physics e.g. fluid-structure interaction

  • Transient and steady-state thermal analysis

Who Are We Looking For?

A degree-level background in a STEM subject is preferred. The Engineering Analysis Team has a diverse set of skills, and we welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Use of finite element analysis codes such as ANSYS, Abaqus, LS-DYNA, etc. to solve structural and thermal analysis problems

  • Use of pre-processors such as Hypermesh, ANSYS Mechanical, Abaqus/CAE, etc. to prepare geometry and construct finite element meshes

  • Use of Python scripting for automating pre-/post-processing of finite element models and for analysis workflow efficiency

  • Performing model verification and validation (V&V) activities such as mesh convergence studies, comparison to hand-calculation and comparison to experimental tests

  • Use of Linux-based high-performance computing (HPC) clusters to solve large finite element models

To be considered for the senior roles, we would like you to be able to demonstrate experience of:

  • Conducting research and development of new and novel techniques in the field of engineering simulation

  • Providing technical leadership and leading outreach initiatives with academia and industrial partners

  • Mentoring junior analysts and reviewing analysis work

  • Consulting with customers to understand their modelling and simulation requirements and translate these into packages of analysis work

Candidates must be willing and able to travel within the UK and overseas as required.

What Will You Get From Us?

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

Important things you need to know:

  • You must be a UK national who has been resident in the UK for the past 10 years.

  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.

  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.


* Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment


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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