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Material, Mathematical and Chemical Modelling Scientist

West Berkshire, Berkshire
£33300 - £45000 per annum
Closing date
9 Dec 2021

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The Modelling Team in Materials and Analytical Science (MAS) at AWE is looking for Scientists at various stages of their careers across Materials, Mathematical and Chemical Modelling disciplines to support research and development within a wide range of technically challenging projects.

Material, Mathematical and Chemical Modelling Scientists - 'Computing the Untestable'

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area

Salary: £33,300 - £45,000 (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 (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

  • Relocation package (terms & conditions apply)

We currently have roles available in the following disciplines and are interested in hearing from candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Knowledge of materials science

  • Experience of running materials modelling codes

  • Experience in scientific computing languages

  • Experience with finite element or finite volume techniques

  • Experience in uncertainty quantification

  • Experience with asymptotic methods and producing analytical solutions for numerical models

  • Experience in constructing materials models of representative systems

In growing our capability across these areas, we will also be looking to grow your skills and knowledge as a Modelling Scientist with opportunities for development and progression across our programmes of work. You'll have access to some of the best computing resources in the UK, a wide range of software, and like-minded colleagues across science and engineering.

If you think you have what it takes to Compute the Untestable and directly shape the future of our nuclear deterrent, apply now for a role to help with:

  • Finding novel modelling solutions to difficult real-world testing problems

  • Delivering representative models at all life cycle phases from 'cradle to grave'

  • Co-ordinating cutting-edge projects with external academic partners

  • Inspiring and developing our engineers and scientists of the future

  • Ensuring we have the right people, processes and plant to deliver our current and future programmes

  • Safeguarding our nation by ensuring our deterrent is credible, effective, and safe today as well as into the future

To be considered for these roles, you must have a degree or higher qualification in a physical science or mathematics discipline, or proven experience working in a similar environment and possess strong communication skills.

We welcome applications from candidates who would like to discuss flexible/part time working.

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



AWE has responsibility for maintaining the UK’s nuclear deterrent and supporting national nuclear security from warhead safety and performance to providing support to users in the field. Our scientific and engineering expertise is second to none. As is our approach to predicting the performance of a system that can never be tested, but has to work. We’re looking to recruit specialist scientists to support our core programme. Our strength lies in our diversity. An extremely broad range of employees brings different skills and experiences to the team.

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