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Software Developer

Reading, Berkshire, UK
£38000 - £46000 per annum + pension, life insurance
Posting live until
17 Jul 2024

Job Details


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

Due to the classified nature of this role, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will spend the majority of their time working on site at AWE Aldermaston.

Package: £38,000 - £46,000 per annum (depending on your suitability, qualifications, and level of experience)

Closing Date: 18th July 2024

Interviews: Interviews are expected to take place between 22nd July and 1st August 2024 inclusive.

AWE is currently recruiting for a Software Developer to provide Visualisation and Application support, through the development and deployment of software techniques and solutions on AWE's high performance computing (HPC) platforms.

What will you be required to do?

  • Design, code, test, deploy, and maintain Open Source, in-house and commercial software modules.

  • Develop and improve visualisation systems to deal with large scale complex data produced on High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms.

  • Produce online documentation.

  • Provide assistance to customers to resolve technical problems and queries.

  • Provide support for visualising experimental results.

  • Assist in production of publication-quality images and movies.

  • Interact with software and hardware suppliers, academia, and US National Laboratories.

  • Maintain an awareness of developments in visualisation, and software best practices.

Who Are We Looking For?

There is some flexibility on the level of experience required on entry to the role, but it is essential that the successful candidate has the following:

  • The ability to program in C++, or a similar high-level language like C, Fortran, or Java

  • A basic understanding of computer architectures

  • Ability to capture software requirements and produce appropriate implementations

  • Clear and concise communication: both oral and written

  • Ability to integrate and work well in a team

  • A degree or equivalent experience in computer science, physics, mathematics or other numerate discipline

In addition, any of the following would be an advantage:

  • Experience of software testing, continuous integration, or deployment

  • Knowledge of visualisation, computer graphics or data science techniques

  • Familiarity with Python, or similar scripting languages

  • Experience of debuggers and performance analysis tools

  • An understanding of object oriented programming

  • Familiarity with VisIt, ParaView, EnSight, VTK or similar visualisation packages

  • Exposure to scientific computing

  • Experience deploying or using commercial packages in an HPC environment

  • Experience working with open source software

  • Experience working in Linux/Unix environment

What will you get from us?

As part of our People Promise, AWE has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • 9-day working fortnight - every other Friday off work.

  • 208 hours of annual leave plus Bank Holidays.

  • A market leading contributory pension scheme - we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution.

  • Life insurance of 4 x your annual salary.

  • 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.

  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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.

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending savings.

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family.

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


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AWE plays a crucial role in national nuclear security. Working to support the defence of our country, we’re a community of creative thinkers from all kinds of backgrounds in all kinds of roles, with one clear mission – to keep everyone, our environment and everything around us safe and secure. Our role in nuclear defence and the specialist expertise we provide to the government, is vital in the defence against the most serious threats faced by the UK – and to keeping the peace. From developing the warheads for the nuclear deterrent, to providing counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions, the work we do is of global importance.

Why work for us
What we do is unique and so are the people who work here. We are a team of around 6500 people – proud to be part of such an important mission. We are com​mitted to equality at work and to mainstreaming diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that by bringing together a diverse range of people we’ll get the diversity of thought to approach challenges in new ways.

Training and development
We believe in supporting our people through long-term investment in learning and development. Alongside in-house and on-line training capabilities, we support membership of professional bodies. We also focus on building and developing leadership skills, in pursuit of our best-in-class ambition. We do this through tailored leadership development programmes, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, designed to equip our leaders with the skills to drive performance and bring out the best in their teams.

Graduate schemes
Our two-year Evolve programme offers four career pathways: Science, Engineering, Environment, Safety, Health & Quality and Corporate & Operations. The programme is designed to be flexible, to incorporate a range of experiences as well as business needs. You’ll undertake several placements to expand your knowledge of your discipline, enabling you to develop yourself and your ongoing career. Your line manager will work with you and support you on your journey.

What we are looking for
We are always looking for high-calibre people to join our team. Whatever stage of your career, AWE is an exciting and challenging environment to develop your skills and achieve your potential. Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognize and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Please note that you must be a British national to apply for a role at AWE.

Reading, UK

Number of employees

Main areas of research
Nuclear defence, nuclear forensics, radiation detection, plasma physics, hydrodynamics, high-performance computing, materials science

Positions recently recruited for
Computational physics, criticality scientists, experimental physics, radiation science, high-performance computing, radiation detection

Must be a British national and have resided in the UK for 10 years for our science and engineering roles 

How to apply
Please visit our website for further information

Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

Company info
+44 0118 98 24643
AWE Aldermaston

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