Graduate Opportunity

Materials Modeller


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Working at AWE

What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

What we do is unique and so are our people

For 70 years we've been part of the defence and security for our nation.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

AWE are currently recruiting for a Material Modeller within the Explosives Materials and Initiation Science Group.

The Role

This is an excellent opportunity to apply your numerical modelling skills and develop your career with a company that offers excellent training and development opportunities. 

The position would ideally suit someone with an engineering, physics, or applied mathematics background who is interested in supporting or taking part in experimental work, including working with explosive materials, in order to inform and enhance our modelling programme.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • Apply modelling tools to investigate and understand safety scenarios involving explosive materials.
  • Inform and engage with technical projects, programmes and trials.
  • Identify and rectify problems in analyses and processes, and/or know when to seek assistance where needed in rectifying them.
  • Engage with relevant internal and external stakeholders, including the US National Laboratories.
  • Maintain and develop modelling tools, techniques capabilities.
  • Maintain and develop knowledge in energetic systems and materials modelling and share best practice with colleagues.

About You

We would love to hear from someone with expertise in numerical modelling (particularly thermal and/or mechanical impact), to assist with modelling safety scenarios involving explosive materials. Ideally you will have experience applying Multiphysics codes (such as LS-DYNA, Ansys, or comparable tools) however, this is not critical.

Whilst not to be considered a checklist, we would welcome candidates to apply who can demonstrate:

  • Qualifications and credit framework (QCF) Level 3, or equivalent level of knowledge gained through other qualifications such as a degree and/or experience in a STEM subject area.
  • Experience or knowledge of numerical modelling.
  • Good decision making and problem-solving abilities in a technical environment.
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative position with colleagues of various technical backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of characterisation, processing and handling of materials, chemicals or scientific equipment is also desirable but not essential.

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.

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

Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role at AWE.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £25,850 - £35,000 (dependent on skills and experience) + benefits
  • All grades
  • Reading
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Materials Science
  • Maths
  • Nuclear
  • Physics

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