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Principal Computation Scientist

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance

Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 20 hours per week)

Contract Type: Open Ended.

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

The closing date for applications is 2nd January 2024

Come and do the kind of computing that got you into technology in the first place. Work with ground breaking tech and world-leading scientists and engineers. And harness the power of some of the country's most advances supercomputers to tackle work that improves daily life in the UK and far beyond.

About the role:

You will exploit the synergies between on-campus facilities and computational groups at STFC-SC to develop, establish and lead a programme on applying advanced statistics, AI/ML methods, multivariate and multiple criteria data analysis to a wide range of applications. You should have a deep understanding of relevant computational projects and experimental facilities on campus. You must be also aware of similar activities at international level in order to deliver innovative programme and solutions and to initiate new collaborations where appropriate. You should have the vision to lead a programme of coordinated activities, promoting common solutions where appropriate, while also taking into account differences specific to individual projects and facilities. Your work will underpin methods development in many areas and positively impact the research of thousands of national facilities users.

About you:

You have a doctoral degree in a branch of natural sciences and experienced in advanced statistical methods and their application for solving complex scientific problems. You are a recognised expert in computational methods in crystallography and electron microscopy, with significant experience in structure analysis and electron density map interpretation, as evidenced by a solid track of peer-reviewed publications. Self-motivated, determined, with good communication skills and an excellent team-player, you can conduct projects that require interaction between experimental facilities and CCP4/CCP-EM projects. You have established links with research groups in national centres of excellence in structural biology and good knowledge of the field. You are excellent in raising and maintaining awareness of using advanced statistical methods and keen to experiment with new approaches. You have a genuine interest in theoretical developments and implementing them in the form of robust software products that can be deployed at STFC’s imaging facilities and distributed to thousands of researchers through the CCP4 and CCP-EM platforms.

Person Specification

Essential

  • Advanced degree in a scientific or numerate discipline relevant to the post
  • Extensive experience in software development and design
  • Deep knowledge of and experience in applied statistics and data analysis
  • Extenstive experience in computational methods for MX or EM with a track of high impact peer-reviewed publications
  • Strong communication, scientific writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience of presenting work at an international level.
  • Advanced skills in scientific computing/data science

Employee Benefits:

We are offering an open-end position with a whole host of benefits including:

30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days).

Flexible working hours.

Employee shopping/travel discounts.

Excellent learning and development opportunities.

Visa sponsorship for candidates without the right to work in the UK 

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Whatever our role, we have the freedom to explore, learn and connect, as part of a community that loves to share knowledge and support one another.

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, this is a place where there’s always something new to learn –about the world around us, about your career, but most of all, about yourself. Join us and discover what’s possible.

Location: Didcot
Salary: £50,702 to £56,336 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd November 2023
Closes: 2nd January 2024
Job Ref: 2300016P
   
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