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?
Aerothermal Materials Engineer
Location: Reading / Basingstoke Area
Salary: Dependent on experience plus contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, additional benefits and an excellent work / life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent). A salary sacrifice scheme is also available. We will consider candidates looking for full time or part time hours.
AWE has been named in the Sunday Times top 25 big companies to work for in 2019.
We are currently looking for an enthusiastic Materials Engineer with experience and interest in aeronautical/defence/space applications to join the Aerothermal Analysis team. The Aerothermal team is required to understand the performance of high-temperature carbon-based composite materials in hypersonic re-entry environments and the effect they have on aerodynamics.
The role will involve: providing composite materials expertise to the Aerothermal Team; understanding ablative TPS material behaviour; providing direction for material response code development; managing contractor interactions; and liaising with internal and external stakeholders.
Purpose of Role:
To provide expertise to the Aerothermal Analysis team in modelling and testing carbon-based composites for hypersonic re-entry environments
To direct the development of a cutting-edge, bespoke, material response solver, and to lead the validation/verification effort
To understand the interaction between material response and aerothermal system performance
To understand materials data requirements for developing physics-based predictive models, and to influence the data gathering program and validation effort
To conduct aerothermal modelling for hypersonic re-entry applications
To support the technical development of less experienced team members
To liaise with internal and external stakeholders, including: customers, contractors, peers, and the wider analysis team, including face-to-face meetings, writing technical reports, and delivering presentations
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
A good technical degree and membership of an engineering institution
Experience in the modelling and testing of composite materials
An understanding of, or a willingness to gain experience in, high-speed aerothermodynamics
Ability to solve problems in making computational models and methods work
Experience of working on Linux (or Unix) and High Performance Computers
Experience of coding/scripting (e.g. Fortran, Python, bash) would be beneficial
Sound interpersonal skills, with an ability to interact with staff at all levels and also with other technical disciplines
Ability to produce and present clear and concise reports and presentations for customers, peers, programme management, and external meetings
An ability to work both individually and as a member of a team to tight deadlines
To be meticulous and methodical
To be highly self-motivated
Ideally you will be degree qualified in a relevant engineering field or have equivalent career learning.
All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the security clearance required for the role and be willing and able to undertake occasional travel within the UK and overseas.
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.