Computational Chemist

£39900 - £50000 per annum
01 Sep 2017
29 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title:

Computational Chemist




Basic salary plus contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, additional flexible benefits scheme and excellent work/life balance including 9 day working fortnight.

Purpose of role:

Would you like to use your skills to play a key role in the modelling and assessment of a wide range of challenging materials such as organics, inorganics, actinides or biological materials? If so, the Modelling Team have a range of exciting opportunities available in computational chemistry for experienced hires.

Applying your computational chemistry expertise, you will fundamentally improve the understanding of materials and their chemistries. This role will entail assessing the processes that occur within materials through the use of materials models, developing new materials models and methodologies, and reporting/presenting results to internal and external customers. These models will ultimately be extended to include the broader materials science domain.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with experience or knowledge in the field of computational chemistry, especially in the application of ab initio techniques such as density functional theory and atomistic simulation techniques who are looking to further their career.

In addition to the above, we would also expect you to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Degree level knowledge of a scientific discipline or equivalent science based experience
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • An ability to construct materials models of representative systems
  • Knowledge of materials science
  • Experience of running materials modelling codes (e.g. GAUSSIAN, VASP, DL_POLY)
  • Experience in any of: FORTRAN, C++

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 applicants with disabilities.


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