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Software Developer


London, United Kingdom

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world: we are owned in trust for the benefit of our employees and their dependants; with no shareholders or external investors we determine our own business priorities and direction.

The Advanced Technology and Research group in Arup provides services for a wide range of clients in the buildings, bridges, civil engineering, automotive, railway, nuclear energy, petrochemical and power generation sectors. Our multidisciplinary teams work collaboratively on projects, generating value through developing and applying innovative concepts, alternative design strategies and advanced numerical optimisation techniques.

We are seeking someone passionate about software development to join us in developing the Oasys LS-DYNA Environment (Primer, D3PLOT, T/HIS Reporter, etc.). This software is used in the automotive, nuclear and civil engineering community. Its primary use is testing vehicle crash worthiness for the automotive industry (65%) and non-linear simulation within our seismic, geotechnic and building specialisms. The position offers software development and interaction with end users, both internal and external to Arup. The role involves working within a small, friendly team based in our Midlands Campus working and is based within our Advanced Technology and Research practice. Depending on experience, there may also be opportunities to work on consultancy projects in our areas of work, and also to work on other related software services and products.


The post holder will take responsibility for particular functions within the software, including some new functions that the post-holder will develop, as well as contributing to the general development effort (e.g. debugging, testing, and contributing to the design of new features). Currently, new interfaces are being developed to enable the software to be used more broadly, an example of this is within computational fluid dynamics.

The role also includes some customer support of the products with which the post holder is familiar.

The post holder will liaise with other members of the software development team who are working on the same products.

The post-holder will have regular contact with other members of the Advanced Research and Technology Group within the UK, Japan, India, China and the USA and external clients who are users of the software. The post-holder will also have contact with customers, for example answering support questions, and at meetings to understand customer needs.

Requirements and skills

Essential Skills and Knowledge
Some experience of software development required, but depending on other experience (e.g. in the use of advanced CFD or FEA software) this need not be significant
Strong grounding / experience in applied mathematics
Logical and intuitive approach to solving physical problems.
Ability to see a problem from an end users prospective.

The role would suit an engineer who has moved into the software developer environment, a mathematician or software developer who is interested in the industry applications or solving physical problems.

Good first degree in IT, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or similar discipline.

Desirable skills and knowledge:
Knowledge of C or Fortran
Experience in the use of advanced numerical methods, for instance in FEA or CFD applications
Previous knowledge of LS-DYNA or other finite element / computer simulation packages is desirable but not essential.
Understanding of computer simulation software desirable but not essential.

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits package in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash, or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.


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