Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modeller

Reading, UK
£33,400 – c£44,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)
17 Jun 2022
17 Jul 2022

What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

AWE is currently recruiting for a CFD Modeller to exercise and improve capability in understanding nuclear warhead effects and environments, and national nuclear security through theoretical research, modelling and assessment.

Location – Reading area

Package – £33,400 – c£44,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours a year, inclusive of Bank Holidays, plus every other Friday off)
  • Flexible working hours
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

About the Team

You will be working in the Consequence Assessment Team within the Systems Assessments Group (SAG). SAG is a multi-discipline group that provides mission effectiveness and weapons effects assessments to AWE and our government stakeholders. SAG also contributes to a range of capabilities in support of the UK’s national nuclear security and treaty verification requirements. SAG undertakes fundamental scientific research, experimental trials, software model development and operational analysis to provide strategic answers directly into our customer community.

The Consequence Assessment Team within SAG has a broad domain encompassing radiation transport, atmospheric physics and nuclear physics, mathematical algorithm development, and software model development. 

What will you be responsible for?

  • Planning and delivery of technical assessments using appropriate methodologies
  • Planning and development of theoretical models and software projects
  • Validation and verification of theoretical models and software projects
  • Engagement with relevant communities across AWE
  • Contribute to interactions with international partners and external stakeholders in their field
  • Participate in Review, Learn and Improve activities and implement the outcomes to ensure the continued development and implementation of best practice in the delivery of technical work
  • The Company may require you to fulfil other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs

What will you need to be considered?

  • A Degree in a scientific or STEM discipline, equivalent NQF level 6 qualification or equivalent experience with additional experience in industry and/or further education
  • Experience in scientific programming using languages such as Fortran, C++, or Python
  • A specialism in one or more of the following areas is advantageous:
    - Atmospheric physics and dispersion modelling
    - Buoyant plume rise
    - Turbulence
    - Fire dynamics and spread
    - Numerical methods
    - Blast mechanics
    - Shock capture
    - Using bespoke software to complete detailed analyses
  • Nuclear physics
  • Working level of experience in undertaking technical research and conducting technical assessments to draw sound scientific conclusions
  • Clear and concise communication both verbally and in written work
  • Objective problem-solving skill using technical knowledge
  • Ability to prioritise a varied workload for self or a small team; ensuring timely delivery with minimum supervision

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


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