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Materials Modeller

West Berkshire, Berkshire
£25850 - £35000 per annum
Closing date
22 Dec 2021

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Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

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

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.

Materials Modeller

Location: Reading /Basingstoke area

Salary: £25,850 - £35,000 (dependent on skills and 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

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.

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

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

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.



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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