• Title
    Mathematician
    Requisition ID
    2019-37210
    Work Location
    GB-Dorset-Dorchester
    Department / Discipline
    Scientists
    Position Type
    Staff / Permanent
  • Overview / Responsibilities

    Woods nuclear business supports customers in the energy generation, new build, decommissioning and defence sectors.

     

    Our nuclear business has offices in Knutsford and Birchwood in Cheshire, Gloucester, Dorchester, Harwell, Glasgow, Newcastle, Bristol, Cumbria, Reading and London. We also have a strong international presence to support our growing operations in France, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, South Africa and Japan.

     

    Our reputation for safely delivering quality projects on time and on budget is well recognised in the industries we serve. We have proven expertise in managing large, complex projects, a global reach and long-standing UK presence, strong relationships with our customers and cutting-edge processes and technologies.

     

    What that means to you is the opportunity to experience a real variety of projects, working with people from different backgrounds. You'll work closely with our clients and committed to achieving outstanding results in a stimulating and quality-driven environment.

     

    Wood is currently recruiting for a Mathematician, Probablist or Statistician with demonstrable experience in the design & implementation of complex mathematical and statistical algorithms primarily for the Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport and the quantification of uncertainty in the results of complex nuclear modelling calculations.


    Experience of a direct interface with existing clients & the international R&D community, as well as the generation of new business would be an advantage. Strong software skills in a variety of languages including Fortran, Python and Java would also be useful for algorithm implementation.

     

    This role will present excellent opportunities for the continued development of skills and experience in mathematics, probability and statistics, particularly where these are applied to nuclear engineering; also the potential to lead technical developments and collaborations, and to manage the team responsible for their implementation.

    Skills / Qualifications

    Essential

    • An undergraduate degree in mathematics, physics or engineering or any other subject with a strong mathematical component
    • A strong background in probability, statistical or mathematical theory and implementation
    • Programming skills in languages such as Fortran, Python or Java
    • Ability to think innovatively and to solve complex problems
    • Ability to quickly and efficiently absorb new technical skills rather than just applying current ones
    • Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing with internal and external experts and customers
    • Self motivated, with an ability and desire to work collaboratively with other organisations to create new opportunities 

    Desirable

    • Experience of Monte Carlo and/or deterministic methods for solving the Boltzmann transport equation
    • A higher degree in a related subject, or equivalent work experience
    • Familiarity with branching Markov chains
    • Familiarity with stochastic differential equations
    • Experience of spectral methods, principal component analysis, polynomial chaos
    • Knowledge of quasi Monte Carlo and multi-level Monte Carlo techniques
    • Experience of nuclear data and associated covariance data
    • Experience of scientific Fortran
    • Experience of agile software development methods
    • Experience of working in multifunctional teams
    • Experience in the mentoring of early career scientists or engineers

    What do you get?

    As well as exciting roles on projects in the UK and abroad; in a supportive and professional work environment, these are some of the additional benefits you can expect at Wood:

    For you:

    • A competitive reward package
    • Work life balance – We offer flexible working; we have core and flex hours in all our permanent office locations
    • Family friendly benefits – maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave
    • International opportunities - As an 60,000 strong community of colleagues operating in 60 counties you will have access to international career opportunities
    • For your peace of mind we offer life insurance benefit on top of a contributory pension scheme, as well as income protection and life assurance benefit
    • To support you throughout your career you will have access to an Employee Assistance programme, which can offer anything from financial advice to mental health support and counselling sessions

    For our communities:

    • We give back to our communities, we have a matched funding community investment programme.  In our global business our people are showing commitment and courage to care for the communities we operate in. You can do this by supporting causes and raising funds for charities that are important to you, your colleagues and your local area.

    Company Overview

    Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 60,000 people, with revenues of over $10 billion.  We provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial sectors.  www.woodplc.com  

    Diversity Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

     

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