Material Model Developer

  • Job Reference: R23200
  • Date Posted: 6 June 2024
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £33,000 to £44,000
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

AWE are currently recruiting for a Material Model Developer to join their Materials Physics Group, to exercise and improve capability in understanding nuclear warhead safety, performance, effectiveness, and national nuclear security through scientific research, modelling, and assessment.

Location: Aldermaston, West Berkshire. We are located between Reading and Basingstoke, with onsite parking.

Package: £33,000 - £44,000 (depending on your suitability, qualifications, and level of experience)

Closing Date: 4th July 2024

If we receive an exceptionally high level of applications, this vacancy may close early, so don't delay, apply now!

The Role

You will be working in a theory and modelling team within a multi-disciplinary group, that contributes to AWE's understanding of the behaviour of materials at high temperatures, pressures, and strain rates.

The team uses modelling techniques applied at a variety of physical length scales to understand how materials deform and fracture at high strain rates. The techniques applied range from first principles quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics to mesoscale and continuum simulations. These aim to understand and predict the behaviour of a variety of materials in response to extreme loading conditions and develop models that can be applied to simulate the behaviour of nuclear warheads.

This specific role will require the candidate to undertake model implementation and simulation with explicit finite element codes, performing simulations of relevant dynamic experiments to validate strength and damage models suitable for capturing the response of materials to deformation in extreme environments.

The role will involve undertaking independent research, as well as working as part of a team, to develop models and to design and analyse experiments performed by internal and external collaborators.

Who Are We Looking For?

Candidates should ideally have a background in the use of scientific computational modelling methods, but any prior experience in the areas such as finite element simulation, plasticity modelling, crystal plasticity, damage modelling, or a background in continuum mechanics, would be considered highly advantageous.

To be considered for this role, you will need the following:

  • Degree or equivalent experience in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or another numerate discipline.

  • Experience in undertaking scientific research in either a university or industrial context.

  • A methodical approach to complex problem solving using technical knowledge.

  • A clear and concise communication approach, both oral and written.

  • The ability to prioritise a varied workload, ensuring timely delivery with minimum supervision.

  • Experience with scientific programming, using languages such as Fortran, C++, Python, or a similar high-level language, and of working in the Unix/Linux environment.

  • A specialism or interest in one or more of the following areas is highly advantageous:

o Explicit finite element modelling

o Plasticity modelling/crystal plasticity

o Spall and damage modelling

o Continuum mechanics

What will you get from us?

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 (including Bank Holidays).

  • 9-day working fortnight - every other Friday off work.

  • Flexible working hours.

  • 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.

  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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 market leading contributory pension scheme (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 savings.

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family.

Important things you need to know:

  • You must be a British citizen who has been resident in the UK for the past 10 years.

  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.

  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.


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