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Software Engineer - Structural Analysis Methods

  • Location: Derbyshire
  • Salary: Market related
  • Job Type:Permanent

Software Engineer – Structural Analysis Methods

Hybrid working and Derby or Warrington

This is more than just a job; this is a legacy.


Rolls-Royce SMR was established with one clear goal - to deliver clean, affordable energy for all.

Rolls-Royce SMR offers a radically different approach to delivering nuclear power. A 90% factory-built solution, drastically reducing project risk, shortening construction times and increasing delivery certainty.

The Rolls-Royce SMR is a world-class global product for a global market - using established nuclear technology developed by a UK-based team building on decades of engineering, manufacturing and nuclear reactor design experience.

About the position

The Software Engineer – Structural Analysis Methods will work under the Structural Analysis Methods Lead to design and develop software to automate structural analysis and assessments. They will work closely alongside the Components Structural Analysis and Components Design teams to provide them with software to enable rapid design optimisation and efficiently deliver component substantiation.

Tasks would include development of Defector – Python software for performing R6 defect tolerance assessments and Fortran subroutines for Abaqus analysis. The Structural Analysis Methods team will also have engagement with the Digital team, with a view to supporting the Digital Twin programme as it matures.

The role is expected to comprise primarily of developing software under the direction of the Structural Analysis Methods Lead.  There will also be opportunities to be involved in performing structural analyses and to support other analytical areas in developing software.

The role will be primarily responsible for:

-        Be able to work independently to deliver software development tasks and projects in line with the demands of the product programmes.

-        Engage with the structural analysis and design teams to capture software requirements.

-        Contribute to development of guidance and policies in order to support the software, engineering and business processes.

-        Manage validation and verification of software operating within software quality assurance processes, including acting as an intelligent customer for software tools developed by others in the design and analysis teams.


-        Qualified to degree level in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline.

  • Desirable - Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science.

-        Understanding of the software development lifecycle.

  • Desirable – Familiarity with Azure DevOps and Git.

-        Proficiency in at least one programming language, preferably Python.

-        Ability to work effectively in a team with software developers, structural analysts’ and design engineers.

-        The following experience would be advantageous:

  • Use of a finite element analysis package (preferably Abaqus).
  • Knowledge of relevant nuclear structural analysis design codes (e.g. ASME BPVC III, BS 7910, R6).
  • An appreciation of material failure mechanisms such as crack propagation and thermal fatigue.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. If you feel you meet 75% of the requirements for this role, we would love to hear from you.

Also, if you are considering a career move or a sector-jump, please get in touch, we welcome applications from people with transferable skills.

Pay and Benefits

A highly competitive salary is on offer along with a performance related bonus.
A range of flexible benefits are available to choose from, enabling you to create a bespoke package to suit your needs.
Travel: the location of work is Derby and Warrington.
Flexible working / hybrid and remote working patterns are available with agreement.
Working hours are 37.5 hrs per week with some additional hours as and when required.

Who we are?

Rolls-Royce SMR’s small modular reactor (SMR) programme is the first of its kind in the UK.

A Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470mw of low-carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping achieve the Government’s target of 24GW of nuclear energy by 2050.

In addition to stable base load power, Rolls-Royce SMRs will be able to provide energy for the manufacture of green hydrogen and synthetic fuels, to support the path to Net Zero and the decarbonisation of transport.

Out technology is based upon well-established Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) technology, in use all over the world, but Rolls-Royce SMR’s unique approach will see the reactor components built in factory conditions and assembled on site.

Our factory-built model is entirely scalable, as demand increases, we invest in further factories using the same design and management systems used for all our SMRs.

When fully operational the Rolls-Royce SMR programme is forecast to create 40,000 regional UK jobs by 2050 and generate £52bn in economic benefit.  

Having begun the design assessment process with the UK regulators, the organisation is at a point where it needs to significantly increase its workforce, offering candidates the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology within a world-class team.