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NTR Software Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, Reading
£40000 - £50000 per annum + .
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

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Defence, Nuclear Industry, Sciences
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AWE's Nuclear Threat Reduction (NTR) Special Projects Group is looking to recruit a dynamic and innovative person to deliver science and technology-based projects to support UK government customers.

NTR Software Engineer

Location: Reading

Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 19th June 2024

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

This role sits within the Nuclear Security sub-function supporting AWE's Nuclear Threat Reduction programme. You will join a small multi-disciplinary team developing a new modelling capability focussed on full-spectrum analysis of nuclear and radiological hazards.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Ownership of the development of the graphical front-end to the modelling capability
  • Research Software Engineering (RSE) support to scientists and modellers within the team
  • Contributing to the development of interactive briefing products used to communicate model results to stakeholders
  • Writing technical documentation, delivering training, and supporting users of the modelling capability

You may be expected to occasionally travel both domestically and internationally in the course of your duties.

Ideally, we are looking for the successful candidate to demonstrate some of the following criteria:


  • An undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline (ideally Computer Science or Software Engineering), equivalent NQF level 6 qualification or equivalent experience
  • Strong programming skills in C++ and Python
  • Demonstrable experience developing high quality user-focussed Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs).
  • Motivated to deliver high quality and maintainable software products
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision


  • Experience with the Qt framework for GUI development
  • Experience with geospatial software and data formats, in particular QGIS
  • Experience with the requirements of high-performance numerical software: multi-threading, distributed parallel programming (MPI), general purpose GPU programming (CUDA)

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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