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Modelling Scientist

Employer
AWE
Location
Reading, Berkshire, UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
23 Sep 2022
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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.

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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.

Company

AWE profile imageWe put the science and engineering into nuclear defence. We’re a team of creative thinkers from all kinds of backgrounds working at the heart of nuclear defence and security. We have one clear mission – to keep everyone and everything around us safe and secure from nuclear threats.

Why work for us
What we do is both interesting and exciting, especially now that the government has announced the replacement warhead programme. Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects that no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a “nine-day fortnight” giving you every other Friday off to spend more time doing the things that you love.

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 Future Leaders. 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 to create an appropriate pathway for you – and support you on your journey.

AWE is an equal-opportunities employer. We nurture a culture of diversity and inclusion – a place where we can ALL be ourselves. We value respect, empathy and open-mindedness and welcome applications from all backgrounds. We are always looking for high-calibre people to join our team, so why not explore the opportunities that we currently have on offer. Whatever stage of your career, AWE is an exciting and excellent environment to develop your skills and achieve your aspirations. Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role at AWE.


Location
Reading, UK

Number of employees
6000

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

Pre-requisites
Must be a British National

How to apply
Please visit our website www.awe.co.uk/careers for further information

Contact
Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111
www.awe.co.uk

Find Us
Website
Telephone
0118 98 24643
Location
AWE Aldermaston
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 4PR
United Kingdom
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