RSE Computational Scientist / Application Developer

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

Fixed Term (3 Years)

About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), you will belong to a community of experts who are driving world-class science and technology forward.  Our teams at the Scientific Computing Department and the Hartree Centre bring together curiosity-driven, application-led science - to maximise our impact for the benefit of the UK and its people.

About The Role

We now have an opportunity for an Application Developer to join the DL_POLY team at the Computational Chemistry Group (CCG), which is part of the Scientific Computing Department.  CCG is a major provider of computational chemistry software and expertise to the UK academia. 

You will join the DL_POLY team which maintains the molecular dynamics program suite to handle a variety of molecular systems and will support the activities and objectives of the CCP5 community.

You will work with other research software developers and a range of customers including scientists, external visitors, engineers and administrative staff.

You need to love carrying out computational research involving integration and development of new algorithms for molecular modelling.  You will be versed in application mathematics and statistical physics and have experience in computational modelling.  You need to be able to work with other members of the team to design and craft software solutions in a portable and sustainable manner.

You will be expected to use agile tools and techniques to play a full part in all aspects of the software development life-cycle and take the lead as appropriate.  You will need to be able to make sound technical decisions based on a broad experience to guide our development.

You will be appointed at either Grade D or Grade E of STFC’s staffing structure, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

About You

  • You will be educated to a Postgraduate Degree (PhD, etc.) level in a physical, engineering, computational science or mathematics or demonstrate significant relevant experience.
  • You will have expertise in the application of particle-based simulation methods (MD, MC, QLD, CD, etc.) and have significant scientific programming experience.
  • You will have experience and expertise in the area of application mathematics for chemistry, physics or materials.
  • To be considered for the higher grade, you will also be required to demonstrate experience of developing quality software consistently and also have knowledge and experience in three of the desirable areas of the job requirements.
  • You will have a professional approach, and an analytical, logical and quick learning mind, able to communicate clearly with fellow developers, modellers and theoretical colleagues alike both verbally and written.


An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexi-time are offered, as well as a subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

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Interview Date: 15th November 2016