Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
London & South East England
£30,782.00 - £42,576.00
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Software Developer - Single Crystal Diffraction
£30,782-£33,459 (Band D) or £38,318-£42,576 (Band E)
Fixed term – 3 Years
The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the new agency that brings together all organisations across the UK working in research and innovation. Within STFC, the ISIS pulsed neutron source at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory in Harwell is one of the world-leading facilities that uses neutron scattering techniques to study materials at the atomic level across a broad range of research areas in chemistry, physics, biology, geology and material sciences, as well as in the engineering and pharmaceutical industries. Amongst the many neutron instruments at the ISIS facility, SXD is the only one dedicated to single-crystal neutron diffraction, which is generally recognised as the ‘gold standard’ technique for structural characterisation of materials.
We are seeking a highly motivated and independent scientist to work with the SXD team to develop the software required to for the treatment of diffraction data from SXD and support the scientific programme on the instrument.
About the role
• Develop, or contribute to the development of, neutron diffraction software for processing of single crystal diffraction data from the ISIS pulsed neutron source
• Co-ordinate the development of the data analysis software with colleagues in the software team at ISIS, the Diamond Light Source and within STFC’s Scientific Computing Department
• Provide data analysis support for users of the SXD single crystal diffractometer at ISIS
• Liaise with external networks and facilities (e.g. the European Spallation Source) to ensure the widest use of the software
• Pursue an independent research programme, linked to the activities of the ISIS Crystallography Group
• Present his/her work at national and international conferences and meetings.
We are looking for a person with very good knowledge of various programming languages (in particular C++ and Python) and able to work with the existing software packages. An understanding of crystallography and diffraction methods is highly desirable, in order to develop the automation of the data processing flow and the implementation of new routines dealing with complex crystallographic cases. An ability to work collaboratively is fundamental, as the successful applicant will be interacting with colleagues in various groups and departments. The appointed candidate will be strongly encouraged to pursue his/her own independent research projects, linked to the scientific programmes within the ISIS Crystallography Group.
What we offer
We offer a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to include a full CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.
Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the red apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.
The closing date for applications is 21st October 2019.