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Undergraduate Placement – Materials & Systems Modeller

Materials Science/Chemistry/Maths/Computer Science.

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What to expect on the programme

Materials and Analytical Science at AWE supports the life cycle of warhead components and technologies to ensure the reliability of the UK's strategic deterrent and national security mission.  A nuclear warhead contains a vast range of materials including metals, ceramics, inorganic salts, rubbers, foams, adhesives, high explosives and radioactive substances.  Materials and Analytical Science is critical to understanding and predicting the behaviour of these types of materials under various conditions.  

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.

As an undergraduate student within the Modelling Team in Materials and Analytical Science, you will get the opportunity to work in an exciting part of AWE through projects which may include working on a range of models and codes, utilising several coding languages, helping deliver our mission. 

We are interested in applications from candidates working towards a degree in Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science as well as Materials Science or Chemistry students who can demonstrate strong maths or programming skills. Most importantly we are looking for enthusiastic individuals keen to get involved and work on interesting research and tasks. The Modelling Team work on the full model development lifecycle. Some of the projects you may get to work on include:

  • Working with other Materials and Analytical Scientists to characterise material ageing processes, proposing approaches to model the observed trends
  • Using a variety of statistical techniques to analyse experimental data
  • Writing, developing and running codes written in a range of languages (e.g. MATLAB, Mathematica, OpenFOAM and R)
  • Utilising computational techniques for parameter optimisation
  • Verifying and validating codes by identifying suitable test cases, determining analytical solutions where appropriate

What behaviours you’ll have

You will possess the following traits and qualities:

  • Growth Mindset; You’re full of grit and determination. Clear where you are going and how you will get there.
  • Curious; you’re a person who loves to think outside the box. (You’re a person who loves to take the box apart!).
  • Innovative; you’re open to learning about new technologies and ground-breaking ideas.
  • Resilience; you’re an advocate of ‘speaking up’ for yourself and others openly and constructively.
  • Team Worker; you’re dependable and reliable.  You’re interested in collaborating with and supporting others

What you’ll get

  • We offer all undergraduate students a salary of £18,300
  • A market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Excellent work/life balance 
  • 9-day working fortnight. This means you get every other Friday off work.

Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field. 

You must be able to join AWE in August 2023 for 12 months. We recruit on a rolling basis which means as soon as our positions have been filled, we will close.

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, if applicable.  

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: August 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £18,300 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 12 months
  • Aldermaston (near Reading)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Systems

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