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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Diamond Light Source

Location: Harwell
Salary: £33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949) dependent upon skills and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd December 2021
Closes: 31st January 2022
Job Ref: 10708

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

About Us

Diamond Light Source is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world. Our facility houses the UK’s synchrotron light source, a giant microscope that can produce beams of light 10 billion times brighter than the sun, to probe the structure and composition of matter. From viruses and vaccines to alternative energy solutions and nanotechnology, it underpins research and innovation for more than 8000 scientists, with over 90 companies already paying for its services.

About the Role

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic scientist to develop novel algorithms and statistical techniques for the analysis of multi-crystal X-Ray diffraction data sets from biological macromolecules. The appointed person will work closely with experimental scientists in the development of new and existing software to improve the quality of automated feedback provided to experimental users.

As a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, you will,

  • Reporting to the project supervisor, you will contribute to the on-going research within the group.
  • Be responsible for carrying out work to fulfil the aims of the research proposal detailed in the Job Description appendix.
  • Manage the day-to-day running of a research project.
  • Identify research objectives and carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale.
  • Develop and test new and existing software, including novel algorithms for the analysis of multi-crystal data sets.
  • Attend internal scientific and administrative meetings with scientific collaborators.
  • Lead in the analysis and authoring of scientific results in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Keep up with latest results and international research directions, especially in interest for the research project associated with this post.

About You

You will have an appropriate Science Degree and an appropriate PhD and proven relevant experience. Experience in X-ray data collection and Unix operating systems will be advantageous. You will also need to be able to communicate and interact with staff on all levels with good organisation skills and the ability to work flexibly. 

Along with experience in, 

  • Statistical analysis of data
  • Algorithm and software development.
  • Numerical and scientific computing with Python

Benefits

We offer an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an industry-leading pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

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