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Senior Software Developer

Reading, Berkshire, England
£6000 - £41950 per annum
Closing date
26 May 2022

Job Details

Senior Software Developer

Location - Reading/Basingstoke area (hybrid working available)

Package - £41,950 -£60,000pa, depending on suitability and level of experience

For over 60 years, AWE Blacknest has been the home of the Forensic Seismology Team and since the opening for signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in 1996, the home of the UK National Data Centre (UK NDC) too. We are looking to recruit an experienced Software Developer who has experience of technical project management to work on the Nuclear Treaty Verification programme, supporting AWE's national nuclear security role. You will work as part of a team advising the UK Government on the technical verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)

Main duties:

  • Leading the software development of the UK National Data Centre for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)
  • Taking the lead on the assessment of CTBT International Data Centre products, e.g., event bulletins, through processing, evaluating and providing feedback on those products and the capabilities of the CTBT International Monitoring System
  • Develop and maintain software to manage and provide access to AWE Blacknest's extensive archive of seismo-acoustic waveform data and associated metadata

To be successful in this role, it is essential that candidates have the following:

  • A degree in a physical or computing science (or equivalent experience), and possibly hold a higher degree in a physical or computing science
  • Experience in software development
  • Experience of technical project management/delivery and of organising work in a research environment.
  • Proficiency with Unix-like operating systems (Linux, macOS)
  • Experience programming in C/C++ and Python, and the ability to work with other similar languages as required
  • Experience of relational database management and SQL

Whilst not considered a checklist, candidates would also benefit from having any of the following:

  • Experience of handling large data sets (in particular geophysical data and time-series data)
  • Experience with web application development and web standards
  • Familiarity with software engineering tools and best practices (version control, collaborative software development, testing, documentation)

We are keen to hear from self-motivated individuals with good communication and presentation skills. The successful candidate will be required to work collaboratively with both the UK NDC scientists and the UK NDC operations team, so the ability to understand their needs and to be able to translate these into code is essential.

We are looking for candidates to have experience in driving projects through to completion with minimal supervision and can summarise results and findings and to communicate these effectively. You'll also be comfortable working in diverse teams with differing technical skills and backgrounds. Some UK and or overseas travel may be involved.

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


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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 three career pathways: Science, Engineering 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

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Computational physics, criticality scientists, experimental physics, radiation science, high-performance computing, radiation detection

Must be a British National

How to apply
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Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

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