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Software Developer/Scientist – Crystallography

STFC has an exciting opportunity for a scientist to join the Crystallography Group at ISIS

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 02 Aug 2020
  • United Kingdom | Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Date posted: 08 Jul 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Discipline: Computational science & software engineering 

Excellent oportunity for a talented scientist to work in a leading science environment offering exceptional employee benefits.

Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire
Salary: £31,305 – £34,028 (Band D) or £38,969 – £43,300 (Band E) dependent upon qualifications and experience
Full time/18-month fixed-term contract
About us
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of nine UK’s multi-disciplinary research organisations that from 2018 constitutes part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a new organisation with a vision to ensure that UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
Within STFC, the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, based at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory in Harwell, is a world-leading facility that uses neutrons for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the structural properties of materials at the atomic level. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from fundamental physics to clean energy, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and engineering, catalysis and polymers, on to cultural heritage and environmental questions.

About the role
We now have an exciting opportunity for a scientist to join the Crystallography Group at ISIS on an 18-month fixed-term basis. The Crystallography Group operates nine neutron instruments for diffraction and imaging studies, performing world class powder and single crystal diffraction measurements. SXD is the only instrument in the group dedicated to single crystal diffraction, which is recognised as the ‘gold standard’ technique for structural characterisation of materials. SXD works in time-of-flight mode with polychromatic neutron beams, allowing for the collection of diffraction data over large volumes of reciprocal space at one crystal orientation.
This position will support an ISIS-led project to extend and develop the necessary software for the treatment of diffraction data from the SXD instrument, in particular the corrections for wavelength-dependent effects such as extinction and absorption. This work will allow providing even more accurate and detailed structural information to the SXD user community.
You will be responsible for:

  • Developing, or contributing to the development of, software for processing of neutron  single crystal diffraction data from the ISIS pulsed neutron source.
  • Co-ordinating 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.
  • Providing data analysis support for users of the SXD single crystal diffractometer at ISIS.
  • Liaising with external networks and facilities (e.g. the European Spallation Source) to ensure the widest use of the software.
  • Pursuing an independent research programme, linked to the activities of the ISIS Crystallography Group
  • Presenting your work at national and international conferences and meetings.

Successful applicants will be appointed at either Band D or Band E of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.
About you
You will hold a PhD in a physical science or engineering discipline, or equivalent research experience. You should have extensive knowledge of various programming languages (in particular C++ and Python), and be 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.
You will demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills, and the 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. 
The role may include occasional UK and overseas travel.
What we offer
STFC offers 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 cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.
Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the 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 2 Aug 2020.


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