Mathematical Physicist

West Berkshire, Berkshire, England
£33400 - £44000 per annum
05 Nov 2021
26 Nov 2021

AWE is currently recruiting for a Mathematical Physicist to exercise and improve capability in understanding nuclear warhead safety, performance, effectiveness and national nuclear security through scientific research, modelling and assessment.

Location - Reading area

Package - £33,400 - c£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 (inclusive of 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)

AWE offer a competitive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours. A salary sacrifice scheme is also available. We will consider candidates looking for full time or part time hours.

You will be working in the Explosives Modelling Team within the Materials Physics Group (MPG). The MPG is a multi-discipline group, that contributes to AWE's understanding of the dynamic behaviour of relevant materials. MPG undertakes fundamental scientific research, experimental trials and computational model development to provide answers directly into our customer community.

The Explosives Modelling Team within MPG uses mathematical modelling techniques to understand and predict the behaviour of explosives. We develop models to represent the physical processes occurring within explosives and validate those models in comparison to experimental data. You will develop models specifically for High Explosive Violent Reaction (HEVR) in order to support Explosives Safety Assessments. Candidates should ideally have a background in the use of scientific computational modelling methods.

With appropriate support and development, you will become responsible for:

  • Planning and delivery of technical assessments using appropriate methodologies
  • Planning, development, validation and verification of mathematical models and software codes
  • Engagement with relevant communities across AWE, specifically a cross-company team focused on modelling HEVR and its effect on relevant geometries
  • Contribute to interactions with international partners and external stakeholders in the field

To be considered for this role, you'll need the following:

  • Degree or equivalent experience in Physics, Mathematics or other numerate discipline
  • Experience in undertaking scientific research in either a university or industrial context
  • A methodical approach to complex problem solving using technical knowledge
  • A clear and concise communication approach, both oral and written
  • The ability to prioritise a varied workload; ensuring timely delivery with minimum supervision
  • Experience in scientific programming using languages such as Fortran, C++, Python or a similar high-level language, and of working in the Unix/Linux environment
  • A specialism in one or more of the following areas is advantageous:
    • Using bespoke software to complete detailed analyses of physical problems
    • Theoretical modelling of Mechanical and Thermodynamic systems
    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Hydrodynamics
    • Physics and Chemistry of Explosives

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

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 disabled people.

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