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Senior Computational Scientist

Reading, UK
£42520 - £64000 per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

Job Details

AWE have an incredibly unique opportunity for a Senior Computational Scientist to manage the development / planning cycle with close integration with our customer to design and develop system/application software supporting libraries and tools. Successful candidates will gain first-hand experience of working in the vibrant field of HPC motivated by multi-physics science problems. Access to computer platforms at the scale that AWE regularly operate is something that only a handful of sites in the UK will be able to offer.

Location: Reading area

Package: £42,520 - £64,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 28th September 2023

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work);
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time;
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training;
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services;
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution);
  • Life Assurance;
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending;
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family;
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site;
  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration.

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.

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.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Providing appropriate assistance for porting specific codes to new platforms whilst assisting colleagues to resolve technical problems/queries;
  • The design, develop, test, and maintain an existing major software package;
  • Production of suitable technical documentation including reports and presentations;
  • Research level investigation of advanced novel techniques for solution of multi-physics problems;
  • Lead research and development activities which have a direct impact at the level of the technical specialism;
  • Actively participate in collaboration activities with external peers on leading-edge research (International Peers/Industry/Academia);
  • Development of relevant benchmarks for assessing current and future systems;
  • Maintaining an awareness of current and future developments in the HPC field.

What will you need to be considered?

  • A Degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or other numerate discipline; equivalent NQF level 6 qualification or equivalent experience;
  • Ability to capture software requirements and produce appropriate implementations;
  • Strong programming skills in C, C++, Fortran, or a similar high-level language;
  • Knowledge of computer architectures, in particular, parallel architectures (including accelerators such as GPUs) and their applicability to running large scientific calculations;
  • Ability to understand scientific and computational requirements and produce appropriate solutions;
  • Able to write in clear and concise language on technical matters and summarise and present such material effectively;
  • Ability to conduct self-guided research into diverse computational techniques, and code development practices;
  • Methodical approach to problem solving with strong abilities to draw together and interpret data from a variety of sources in order to reach a conclusion;
  • Problem solving skills including identifying, assessing, and developing relevant numerical techniques and mathematical models for scientific applications;
  • Experience of contributing to large industrial or research software as part of a team;
  • Ability to integrate and work well in a team and provide technical leadership in projects.

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



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AWE 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

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Computational physics, criticality scientists, experimental physics, radiation science, high-performance computing, radiation detection

Must be a British National

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