Modelling Scientist

Reading, Berkshire, UK
24 Aug 2022
23 Sep 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 has an exciting opportunity for an Applied Dispersion Modelling Scientist to come and work on some unique experimental trials and conduct fundamental research in support of the UK’s national security.

Location – Reading/Basingstoke area

Package – £33,300 – £47,000 (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, including Bank Holidays, plus every other Friday off)
  • Flexible working hours
  • AWE Life Insurance
  • Established pathway for career progression within the role
  • 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 role:

The Radiological Assessment Team is looking for individuals with a background in running experimental mid to large scale experiments and a strong technical understanding of material science, radiation protection, radiation physics and its effects, nuclear weapon technologies or the capacity to learn and apply this knowledge quickly.

You will be working in the Radiological Assessment Team within the Systems Assessments Group (SAG). This multi-discipline group provides mission effectiveness and weapons effects assessments to AWE and our government stakeholders. We undertake fundamental scientific research, experimental trials, software model development and operational analysis to provide strategic answers directly into our customer community.

To be considered, we would expect you to demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Chemistry/Physics or similar STEM discipline (undergraduate degree or equivalent experience)
  • Experimental background in either atmospheric dispersion or radiation work
  • A specialism in one or more of the following areas is advantageous:
    - Radiation Transport
    - Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling
    - Aerosol Physics
    - Experimental experience running and/or analysing atmospheric dispersion trials
    - Radiation Protection
    - Materials science
    - Meteorology
    - Experience in scientific programming using languages such as Fortran, Python or C++
  • Applying numerical methods to real world problems and using this to inform the design of experimental programs
  • Ability to interpret, analyse, summaries and communicate technical information
  • Experience in leading and participating in experimental trials and communicating technical output
  • Experience in translating customer requirements into a technical programme of work
  • Clear and concise communication, both verbally and in written work
  • Able to manage their own time and deliver against project deadlines

All applicants must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the relevant security clearance required and be willing and able to work in designated areas.


Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role at AWE.

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and people with disabilities.

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