Senior Software Developer

Expiring today

Berkshire, England, West Berkshire
£42000 - £65000 per annum
18 Nov 2021
09 Dec 2021

AWE is currently recruiting for a Senior Software Developer with a Physics/Maths background for the Systems Assessments Battle Modelling Team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within a dynamic team assessing the effects that nuclear weapons have on the offence and defence systems during a nuclear battle. The role includes the managing and development of complex computational models to enhance existing capability within the team and to run and analyse results from these models to inform key customer decisions.

Location - Reading area

Package - £42,000 - £65,000 (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)

The Systems Assessments Group (SAG) is a multi-discipline group, providing mission effectiveness and weapons effects assessments to AWE and our government stakeholders. We contribute a range of capabilities in support of the UK's national nuclear security and treaty verification requirements.

The Battle Modelling Team within SAG covers a broad domain encompassing radiation transport, atmospheric physics and nuclear physics, mathematical algorithm development, operational analysis, Monte Carlo modelling and software development. The successful candidate will have qualifications and experience in software development and at least one of the other disciplines.

The Role will consist of:

  • Managing the requirements, planning, development and validation of software codes

  • Reviewing the output of other members of the team against technical and programmatic requirements

  • Managing the planning and delivery of technical assessments using appropriate methodologies

  • Leading engagements with technical communities across AWE

  • Fostering strong collaborative ties with international partners and external stakeholders in their field

  • Driving Review, Learn and Improve activities with a view to leading activities in their domain.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree in physics, maths, computer science or an equivalent STEM-based discipline

  • Significant experience in code development for scientific programming

  • Significant experience in C++ and/or Fortran software development

  • Experience in Python and MatLab

  • The ability to capture requirements and produce appropriate implementations

  • Excellent organisational skills and an ability to prioritise a varied workload and ensure timely delivery

  • A specialism in one or more of the following areas: nuclear physics, atmospheric physics, radiation transport, Monte Carlo modelling, or using bespoke software to complete detailed analyses

  • Experience in operational analysis is highly desirable

  • A methodical approach in undertaking technical research and conducting technical assessments to draw sound scientific conclusions

  • Clear and concise communication approach, both oral and written

  • Be able to interpret, analyse and present data in a coherent and engaging manner

  • An understanding of radar, optics/IR, signal processing and AI/ML is highly desirable although not essential

  • Knowledge of the UK deterrent is highly desirable and experience of the wider system and its operational use is beneficial

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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