Collateral Effects Physicist

West Berkshire
22 Aug 2017
19 Sep 2017
Clearance Level
Job Type

Package: Basic salary plus contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, additional flexible benefits scheme and excellent work/life balance including 9 day working fortnight.

Would you like to play a key role in the assessment and modelling of collateral from the effects of blast, fallout and nuclear and thermal radiation? If so, the collateral effects assessment team have an exciting opportunity available for an experienced hire or outstanding graduate.

The main purpose of the role is to model the transport and interaction of nuclear radiation in an urban environment. Specifically to run and assess effects models and report / present on the results to internal and external customers. The role includes development of new Initial Nuclear Radiation (INR) models and methodologies and ultimately will be extended to include the application of knowledge and expertise over the broader operational assessment domain.

As a member of the collateral effects assessment team your main responsibilities will be:

  • Utilise, maintain and develop radiation transport assessment tools
  • Acquire, critique and assess the performance of INR and collateral effects assessment tools
  • Develop expertise and become familiar with a suite of collateral effects models and perform assessments using such models
  • Undertake development of new or existing collateral effects models for Systems Assessment applications
  • Help to develop strategies to address the technical issues presented by the programme
  • Follow company procedures and communicate progress on programmatic and functional activities as appropriate
  • Participate in and contributing to technical meetings with the project stakeholders

Typically we would expect you to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Degree level knowledge of a scientific or mathematical discipline or equivalent science based experience
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Good analytical ability
  • Ability to collaborate closely with others, work independently or work as part of a team
  • Ability to construct mathematical models of representative environments
  • Knowledge of radiation physics
  • Experience of running radiation transport codes (e.g. MCNP, GEANT)
  • Experience in any of: HPC, Linux, FORTRAN, C++
  • Experience of developing fast running approximate methods and delivering assessments using such methods
  • Good knowledge of numerical analysis and statistical methods

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

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 applicants with disabilities.

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