Operational Analyst

  • Job Reference: R21256
  • Date Posted: 27 June 2024
  • Recruiter: AWE
  • Website: https://www.awe.co.uk/
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £47,000 to £63,000
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

AWE have an exciting opportunity for an Operational Analyst to exercise and improve capability in understanding nuclear warhead effects and environments in support of the UK's nuclear deterrent - Trident - and national nuclear security projects through theoretical research, model development and assessment. The role will sit within the Collateral Effects team, part of our Systems Assessment Group, in the Physics function.

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

Package: £47,000 - £63,000 (depending on your suitability, qualifications, and level of experience). A relocation package may be available (terms and conditions apply).

Closing Date: 31st July 2024

The Role:

The Systems Assessment Group (SAG) in the Physics function is a multi-discipline group that provides mission effectiveness and weapon effects assessments to AWE and our government stakeholders. SAG also contributes to a range of capabilities in support of the UK's national nuclear security and treaty verification requirements. SAG undertakes fundamental scientific research, experimental trials, software model development, and operational analysis to provide strategic answers directly into our customer community.

The collateral effects team's primary role within SAG is studying the physical effects of nuclear detonations and their impact on people, populations, and infrastructure. To support this work, the team is directly involved in evaluation and assessment of computational models, low- and high-fidelity software model development, data analysis, software validation and verification (V&V), and stakeholder engagement across AWE and with other UK and international partners.

The collateral effects team are currently recruiting for an Operational Analyst to exercise and improve capability and understanding of nuclear warhead effects and environments. A successful candidate will be involved with software assessment, data analysis, ongoing model development, and briefing technical assessments to non-technical audiences.

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning and delivery of technical assessments using appropriate methodologies

  • Planning and delivery of technical briefings to non-technical stakeholders/customers

  • V&V of theoretical models and software projects

  • Engagement with relevant communities across AWE

  • Contribute to interactions with international partners and external stakeholders in their field

  • Participate in review, learn and improve activities, and implement the outcomes to ensure the continued development and implementation of best practice in the delivery of technical projects

  • Planning and development of theoretical models and software projects

  • The Company may require you to fulfil other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs

Who Are We Looking For?

To be considered for this opportunity, you'll need the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in a scientific or STEM discipline, equivalent NQF level 6 qualification or equivalent experience

  • Working level of experience in undertaking technical research and conducting technical assessments to draw sound scientific conclusions

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • Experience with producing and briefing technical assessment outputs to non-technical stakeholders/customers

  • Experience with data analyses and uncertainty quantification

  • Experience with automating workflows and/or analyses

  • Experience with programming languages such as Python, MatLab, and/or bash

  • Software design, development, and V&V best practices

  • Leading individual or group projects

The following would be advantageous but not essential:

  • Clear and concise communication both verbally and in written work

  • Objective problem-solving skill using technical knowledge

  • Ability to prioritise a varied workload for self or a small team, ensuring timely delivery with minimum supervision

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

    • Using bespoke software to complete detailed analysis

    • Radiation physics

    • Atmospheric physics and dispersion modelling

    • Buoyant plume rise

    • Thermodynamics and equation of state

    • Physical chemistry

    • Numerical methods

    • Turbulence

    • Multiphase material modelling

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.

  • Working a 9-day fortnight, employees have 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.

  • Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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 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 savings.

  • 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.

Important things you need to know:

  • 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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