Senior Dynamic Structural Analysis Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Capability Engineering, Development Engineering, Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Senior Dynamic Structural Analysis Engineer

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 Senior Dynamic Structural Analysis engineer will sit within the Reactor Island Component Structural Analysis team and work closely with the component design teams to deliver dynamic stress analysis capability across components.

This role would involve undertaking dynamic structural analysis, providing support to our supply chain partners in reviewing and advising on analysis work and defining methodologies and justification strategies.

We are looking for candidates with a moderate to high level of experience and skills in some or all of the technical assessment areas below:

-         Vibrational fatigue

-         Modal analysis

-         Impact assessments – including any for the transportation of nuclear containers

-         Time domain assessments

-         Seismic (noting that this specifically covers analysis of components, supports and pipework, acting only as an interface for the broader plant seismic analysis)

-         Transport requirements

Depending on the candidate’s experience, they may also have the opportunity to support the wider structural analysis team on tasks such as static 3D Finite Element Analysis or software development.

The role will be primarily responsible for:

-        Deliver dynamic stress analysis (internal and in the supply chain) in line with the demands of the product programmes and the technical assessment areas.

-        Provide technical expertise and opinion in supporting design work and making design decisions within integrated project teams.

-        Assist in defining the methods and ways of working for dynamic stress justification in an evolving business.

-        Assist with the elicitation and management of dynamic stress requirements from a structural analysis perspective.

-        Support ongoing concept optioneering by applying a sprint mentality to structural assessments that are fit for purpose.


-        Qualified to degree level or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline.

-        Experience of undertaking nuclear design code assessments to both industry and internationally recognised codes. However, experience of dynamic assessments from other design codes or industries may also be applicable.

-        Proficient user of dynamic stress analysis programmes, ideally Abaqus Explicit or LS-DYNA, however experience of similar proprietary analysis programmes may be beneficial.

-        Experience of management of engineering tasks within the supply chain.

-        Familiarity with safety case regimes and justification, and experience with other areas including pressure vessel assessments, pipe stress or software code development would be an advantage.

-        Experience in the interpretation of customer specifications and defining and managing the engineering requirements.

-        Ability to communicate effectively with any audience, quickly establishing credibility and buy-in.

-        Ability to integrate well within a project team in a commercial environment. This will include working in collaboration with external partners and suppliers.

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 or 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.