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Computational Scientist in Plasma Physics and Fluids Modelling

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

Location: Warrington
Salary: £39,375 to £53,682 Band D - E
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th February 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024
Job Ref: 2400007R

Salary:

Band D £39,375 - £43,313

Band E £48,802 - £53,682

Contract Type: Open Ended.

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, or STFC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire

Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + outstanding career average revalued earnings pension scheme + excellent work life balance

The post is particularly suitable for somebody with advanced skills in modelling related to the kinetic simulation of plasmas and/or laser-plasma interactions, relevant to topics such as space charge compensation and plasma-wakefield accelerator modelling. The ideal candidate would be proficient in scientific programming, with a broad interest in HPC, and a good knowledge of PIC methods. Applicants with skills in multi-physics simulations would be welcome. In all cases, candidates will be expected to collaborate with a range of project partners, including industrial, government, and academic researchers, and present results in peer-reviewed journals and major conferences.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Advance the mathematical theory and algorithms of both in-house and open-source software.
  • Lead the development of mathematical models related to plasma applications, including code-coupling for multi-physics and multiscale problems.
  • Performing ‘proof of principle’ HPC calculations to establish and demonstrate new capabilities.
  • Facilitate new scientific research through developing, adapting, and enhancing simulation software.
  • Lead and develop new research opportunities with internal and external partners.
  • Prepare, write, and submit technical reports and scientific papers for peer-reviewed publication.

Ideally, you will hold, or be about to finish, a doctorate or equivalent in a relevant technical subject (e.g., mathematics, physics, engineering etc.). We will also consider degree-level candidates with relevant postgraduate experience. Candidates with a good knowledge of plasma physics simulations, partial differential equations, or parallel computing are welcome to apply, and the post may be particularly suitable to researchers with appropriate experience in cognate fields such as Physics, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical, Chemical and Aerospace Engineering.

Essentials for Band D:

  • Broad knowledge of plasma physics
  • Expertise with scientific programming languages
  • Knowledge of numerical algorithms
  • Degree or equivalent (with appropriate experience) preferably a PhD, in an appropriate technical subject
  • Cover Letter outlining skills and expertise relevant to kinetic simulation of plasma and/or laser-plasma interactions

Essentials for Band E, all of the above plus:

  • Track record in plasma physics e.g. postdoctoral experience or equivalent
  • Evidence of successful project outcomes (e.g. publications, grants, awards)

Benefits:

Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes;

  • 30 days leave plus public holidays (pro rata)
  • Christmas Shutdown
  • An outstanding career average revalued earnings pension scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • Employee shopping/travel discounts

We are committed to sustaining 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.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.

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