Computational Modelling Physicists

Reading, UK
£28500 - £60000 per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2022

Job Details

AWE's Physics function is expanding, and we are looking for physicists at various stages of their careers, to join us! 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: Reading/Basingstoke area (Potential opportunities for hybrid working in some roles)


Junior Physicists (recent graduates): £26,500 - £32,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Experienced Physicists (PHD or graduates with post-grad experience): £33,000 - £44,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Senior Physicists (experienced physicists with qualifications coupled with experience in industry): £45,000 - £57,000 (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;

  • Investment in people including an established career development pathway, opportunities to travel overseas and collaborate with likeminded people & access to mentors and coaches;

  • 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 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.

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

How to apply
Please visit our website for further information

Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

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0118 98 24643
AWE Aldermaston
United Kingdom

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