FEA Physicist/Engineer

  • Job Reference: R14945
  • Date Posted: 8 September 2023
  • Recruiter: AWE
  • Website: https://www.awe.co.uk/
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £42,520 to £65,000
  • Sector: Engineering, Government & Defence, Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

We have an opportunity for a Physicist or Engineer at any career stage to grow our analysis and simulation capability. The successful candidate will be assessing the performance of nuclear weapons in extreme environments using advanced modelling tools to predict how weapon components and systems respond to rapid heating, mechanical shock and combined thermal-structural response . The focus of the role is the use of commercially available finite element codes to construct and interrogate the responses of interest.

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area

Salary: £42,520-£65,000 (depending upon skills & experience)

Closing Date: 22nd September 2023

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

This role will involve constructing appropriately featured and converged mesh geometries from drawings/CAD, implementing physics models, and optimising to resolve quantities of interest. You will utilise AWE's state of the art high performance computing platforms and also have the opportunity to further develop our bespoke tools and processes. This work is to support the design and approval process, troubleshoot complex problems and assist with new technology research.

You will be working in a multidisciplinary team with both experiment and theoretical scientists working together to solve challenging physics and engineering challenges in support of our core programme.

You will have a good Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in physics or engineering. Although not essential a relevant PhD would be advantageous.

The following would be beneficial to the role but are not essential:

  • Experience in finite element analysis or other numerical simulation discipline (we use Abaqus which is straightforward to learn and required training can be provided).
  • Experience in performing dynamic and thermo-mechanical finite element analysis.
  • Knowledge of at least one data analysis tool (Python, Perl, C++, Fortran).
  • An appreciation of nuclear physics/engineering and how radiation interacts with matter.

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