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Dynamics Test Engineers

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England, Berkshire
£35720 - £50000 per annum + Pension, Life Insurance
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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AWE is looking for Engineers to work in the field of Structural Dynamics.

The Structural Dynamics Team help underwrite the performance and safety of AWE's structures (particularly the warhead) through a combination of dynamic testing and computer simulation.

Testing activities include modal testing to determine resonances of a structure, conducting Trident trials, carrying out rapid dynamic investigations for the stockpile and developing future ground-based certification methods.

State-of-the-art Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a major strength of the Structural Dynamics Team. Environments of the Stockpile-to-Target Sequence (STS) are simulated to predict the stresses, strains and displacements of AWE structures.

Working within the Structural Dynamics Team at AWE Aldermaston within the Warhead Engineering community, candidates are expected to become proficient at both dynamic testing and Finite Element analysis to solve real-world problems for internal and external customers.

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

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

A relocation package may be available (terms and conditions apply).

Closing date: 10th June 2024

Who Are We Looking For?

We would like Candidates to have:

  • A degree qualification in engineering (or an HND in engineering supported by extensive practical experience) or relevant technical experience

  • A good grasp of mathematical and engineering concepts

  • Experience in use of modern Computer Aided Design (CAD) software

  • Experience of using modern Finite Element (FE) analysis software

  • Appreciation of dynamic testing, such as modal testing and vibration testing

  • An ability to work as part of a team and with multiple stakeholders

Desirable knowledge and experience for these roles are:

  • Experience of FE model validation and updating

  • Understanding of data acquisition and signal processing

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

  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration

Important things you need to know:

  • You must be a British citizen 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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