Computational Modelling Physicists
- Reading, Berkshire, UK
- £26500 - £60000 per annum
- Closing date
- 3 Jun 2022
- Computational science & software engineering, Mathematics & statistics
- Job type
- Government/Public sector
The AWE Physics function are currently looking for a wide range of candidates, with a broad range of skills, at various stages of their careers, to work alongside likeminded scientists. AWE offers a diverse and unique scientific computing platform on a scale that only a handful of sites across the UK offer. It utilises multiple small development and large HPC platforms with novel architectures that are routinely used for code porting and research related activities.
Computational Modelling Physicists
Location: South East
Salary: £26,500 - £60,000 (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
- 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
- Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)
In support of our important mission to support current and future nuclear deterrent, security and threat reduction programmes, we have new opportunities available in the following disciplines:
- Computational Physics: Providing large-scale, highly parallel applications to solve physics problems, modernising and improving the efficiency, performance and robustness of these applications, providing direct user support and developing new and novel algorithms to solve physics problems of interest.
- High Performance Computing: An opportunity to provide computer science support, through development and deployment of software techniques and solutions, to enable exploitation of some of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
- Design Physics: Providing underpinning theoretical and modelling capabilities to enhance the understanding of the complex physical processes associated with nuclear weapon function and applying them to current products as well as enhancing the ability to design for the future.
Whilst not to be considered a checklist, we are interested in hearing from candidates who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in several of the following areas:
- A degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or other numerate discipline; equivalent NQF level 6 qualification or equivalent experience
- A knowledge of complex physics processes and/or experience in applying numerical modelling codes/tools to investigate these
- Experience of working in Unix/Linux environment
- Familiarity with C, C++, Fortran or similar high-level language
- Strong scripting skills (preferably Perl, Python and Bash) and a willingness to improve them
- Knowledge of good software development practices including the use of tools to support this purpose
- Experience of developing large scale, highly parallel codes through mechanisms such as MPI, OpenMP or Cuda
- Experience of developing physics-based algorithms and analysis of results
- Knowledge and understanding of HPC computer architectures (CPU, GPU, caches, memory) and developing software on them
- Optimisation and the running of large scientific calculations
- Software testing experience
- Methodical approach to problem solving with strong abilities to draw together and interpret data from a variety of sources to reach a conclusion
- Able to work independently and unsupervised, as well as within a team to achieve common goals
- Flexible, self-motivated and the ability to handle multiple tasks
- Able to provide technical input within own field of expertise that can influence project, team or end user
- Strong communication skills verbal and written
Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.
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 committed 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.
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.
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
How to apply
Please visit our website www.awe.co.uk/careers for further information
Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111
- +44 0118 98 24643
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