Job Title: Computational Nuclear physicist and software developer
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £32,993 – £37,069 (Inclusive MPP, market premia payments) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date:31st August 2018
Do you have experience in scientific/commercial software development and/or computational physics with good communication skills and the ability to work in a development team?
Do you have substantial knowledge and industry experience working on software development projects with a degree or equivalent in a relevant computer science/physical sciences discipline?The UK Atomic Energy Authority are seeking an experienced professional to participate in the development of applications of UKAEA`s world-leading FISPACT-II nuclear data inventory code ( and to provide scientific software engineering support to the ongoing FISPACT-II code project. This role is envisaged to combine software development, primarily involving FISPACT-II, and nuclear physics analysis. The successful candidate will work in a wide range of different and challenging research and analysis projects, covering activation, transmutation, waste predictions, and uncertainty quantification for fusion, fission, nuclear medicine, astrophysics, spallation, etc., applications. A key objective of the role will be to extend UKAEA`s expertise and reach in nuclear inventory (activation and transmutation) simulations.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the FISPACT-II development and nuclear application team within the materials science and scientific computing department at CCFE (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy – a division of UKAEA). The department comprises more than two dozen scientists working on a variety of nuclear fusion related activities, including nuclear analysis, materials modelling, scientific computing, and plasma physics, and has extensive collaboration with other departments at UKAEA and externally (worldwide). The successful candidate will also work closely with a team of nuclear computation and experiment experts within the technology department at CCFE.

Key accountabilities:

– To participate in the ongoing development and upgrades of the FISPACT-II inventory code, primarily focused on advancing the physics capabilities (targeted at fusion, medical, spallation, fission, astrophysics, etc.), but may also be required to perform various maintenance and bug-correcting activities
– Work on the various nuclear data validation and FISPACT-II benchmarking activities (and innovate and improve the execution thereof), including new simulation methods such as uncertainty quantification and propagation
– Contribute to the development and maintenance of the online FISPACT-II presence (wiki, forum, data repositories, website, etc.)
– Participate in various analysis projects related to applications of FISPACT-II
– Deliver technical work, on time and to budget
– Write technical reports to support project work
– Communicate/present progress regularly with staff and with academic/commercial/international project partners
– Supervising students – typically one or two masters projects per year
– Occasional writing of journal papers and conference presentations

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience

– A degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific/engineering/computational science discipline with a strong/significant software development focus
– Experience of nuclear analysis projects, particularly concerning reactor calculations (fusion or fission)
– Proven track record in software development activities (scientific/academic or commercial) – possibly including experience in delivery of professional/commercial software
– Expert-level understanding of modern programming languages and program-writing practices
– Excellent verbal communication skills
– Experience of working with challenging, complex physical/mathematical projects
– Ability to understand the needs of scientists, engineers and software engineers, condensing information across disciplines
– Self-motivated with a strong ability to work as part of a team
– Good knowledge of a compiled programming language such as C, C++, C#, Fortran, …
– Understanding/experience of website development
– Experience of technical report writing and/or journal publications
– Familiarity with using Git repositories, continuous integration methods, and/or Docker containers would be useful
Special requirements:

-occasional international travel may be required

– Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

– Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

– The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

Computational Nuclear physicist and software developer – UKAEA

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