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Computer Scientist

England, West Berkshire, Berkshire
£34000 - £44000 per annum
Closing date
9 Feb 2022
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Computer Scientist

Location - Reading area

Package - £34,000 - 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, 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

Purpose of role:

Successful candidates will gain first-hand experience of working in the vibrant field of HPC motivated by multi-physics science problems. The HPC group provides scientific computing support to the user community at AWE with significant HPC real estate at its disposal. In addition, there exists multiple small development platforms with novel architectures that are routinely used for code porting and research related activities. The role will involve interacting with code scientists and system administrators to contribute to a variety of support, research, and development activities within all levels of our HPC software and hardware. This opportunity is unique and only a handful of sites in the UK will offer access to compute platforms at the scale that we regularly operate.

Our software stack varies ranging from low level machine code to high level languages such as Python and everything in between. The hardware infrastructure includes Linux workstation deployments to supercomputer blades with direct liquid cooling. Our core network infrastructures are purpose built to deal with very large data packets generated by our supercomputers that you are unlikely to find in other commercial organisations in the UK.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing appropriate assistance for porting specific codes to new platforms
  • Design, coding, testing, installation, and maintenance of software modules
  • Production of suitable online documentation
  • Interacting with vendors, universities, and US laboratories on leading-edge research
  • Research level investigation of advanced novel techniques for solution of multi-physics problems
  • Development of relevant benchmarks for assessing current and future systems
  • Maintaining an awareness of current and future developments in the HPC field

This role will be ideally suited to someone with postgraduate with some industrial experience. To be considered for this role, you'll need some or all of the following:

  • The ability to programme in C, C++, Fortran, or a similar high-level language
  • Knowledge of computer architectures, in particular, parallel architectures and their applicability to running large scientific calculations
  • Familiarity with parallel programming concepts and software development life cycles
  • An interest in processing technologies: software, hardware, and algorithms together with their use and application
  • Experience of using debuggers and performance analysis tools would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of open-source software
  • Experience of working in Unix/Linux environment
  • Ability to capture software requirements and produce appropriate implementations
  • Software testing experience
  • Familiarity with scripting languages - e.g., bash, python
  • Ability to write in clear and concise language on technical matters and summarise and present such material effectively
  • A Degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or other numerate discipline (a post graduate qualification (MSc/PhD), or equivalent experience, is highly desirable)

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.


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

Find Us
0118 98 24643
AWE Aldermaston
United Kingdom
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