Theoretical Physicist

Reading, UK
£33300 - £44000 per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

Job Details

AWE are recruiting for a Theoretical Physicist to join our Radiation Science Group. The successful candidate will have responsibility for development of sub-system models, materials models and simulations to predict the response of materials and components within high fluence nuclear radiation environments. This role provides excellent development opportunities and the chance to work with unique facilities both in the UK, and overseas!

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area (on-site role)

Package: £33,300 - £44,000 (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
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, an established career development scheme to support progression & access to mentors and training
  • Opportunities for international collaboration, with travel overseas and within the UK
  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

This role is ideally suited to a physicist who enjoys the challenge of performing complex computer simulations and interpreting test data to support code validation.

You will develop and run computer simulations of various sub-components using computational tools and platforms. You will use the results of the analysis to support our core product through life and our experimental programme to ensure the right data is gathered to progress the maturity of the models we use.

Whilst not considered a check list experience in some of the following disciplines would be desirable, but is not essential:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in Physics, Engineering or other applied numerate discipline.
  • Experience in undertaking scientific research in either a post-graduate or industrial context
  • Commercial Finite Element Analysis codes such as Abaqus, Ansys, LS-Dyna.
  • Linux/HPC computer environments.
  • Shock physics
  • Use/implementation of equation of state material models
  • Theoretical modelling of mechanical and thermodynamic systems

The successful candidate will have the ability to work calmly and constructively in a priority changing environment and be able to manage their own workload. You will also have initiative, enthusiasm, a flexible approach, and ability to work to tight deadlines.

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



AWE profile imageAWE 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

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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