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AWE is looking to recruit a Computer Scientist 

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  • Closing date: 20 Apr 2021
  • United Kingdom | AWE
  • Date posted: 01 Apr 2021
  • Job type: Industry & business
  • Disciplines: Computational science & software engineering  | Defence & aerospace 

What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

The role – Computer Scientist 
Location – Reading area  
Package – £34,000 – c£40,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience) 

AWE offer a competitive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a nine-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent).  A salary sacrifice scheme is also available.  

Purpose of role 

An opportunity is now available for a Computer Scientist to provide computer science support, through development and deployment of software techniques and solutions, to enable exploitation of AWE’s high-performance computing (HPC) platforms. 

Key responsibilities

  • Providing appropriate assistance for porting specific codes to new platforms.  
  • Design, coding, testing, installation and maintenance of software modules.  
  • Production of suitable online documentation. 
  • Interacting with vendors, universities and US laboratories on leading-edge research. 
  • Research level investigation of advanced novel techniques for solution of multi-physics problems. 
  • Development of relevant benchmarks for assessing current and future systems. 
  • Maintaining an awareness of current and future developments in the HPC field.  

To be considered for this role, you’ll need

  • The ability to programme in C, C++, Fortran or a similar high-level language.  
  • Knowledge of computer architectures, in particular, parallel architectures and their applicability to running large scientific calculations.  
  • Familiarity with parallel programming concepts and software development life cycles.  
  • An interest in processing technologies: software, hardware and algorithms together with their use and application.  
  • Experience of using debuggers and performance analysis tools would be advantageous.  
  • Knowledge of open source software.  
  • Experience of working in Unix/Linux environment.  
  • Ability to capture software requirements and produce appropriate implementations.  
  • Software testing experience.  
  • Familiarity with scripting languages – e.g. bash, python.  
  • Ability to write in clear and concise language on technical matters and summarise and present such material effectively.  
  • A degree or equivalent experience in computer science, physics, mathematics or other numerate discipline (a post graduate qualification (MSc/PhD) is desirable). 

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

Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role at AWE.

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and people with disabilities.


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