01. August 2018 - Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Scientific Computing Section Group Leader
Scientific Computing Section Group Leader
01. August 2018 - Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Scientific Computing Section Group Leader
Scientific Computing Section Group Leader
Employer
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Location

Didcot, UK

Introduction

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is currently seeking an experienced scientific computing professional to lead its scientific software development activities.

Description of Institution

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

The Scientific Software Group develops, provides and supports scientific software to support the ISIS scientific programme, including reduction, analysis, modelling and data management. The group is responsible for the ISIS contribution to international collaboration to develop the Mantid reduction framework.

The recently created Ada Lovelace Centre is an integrated, cross-disciplinary computing/data science centre, for better exploitation of research carried out at our large scale National Facilities including the Diamond Light Source (DLS), the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility, the Central Laser Facility (CLF) and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE).

Job description

The successful applicant will be responsible for ISIS’s contribution to the Ada Lovelace Centre, and ensuring ALC delivers benefits to ISIS, including exploiting new opportunities in AI and machine learning.

Role responsibilities will include:

  • lead the Scientific Software Group managing the team, including several contractors
  • provide a vision and strategy for the scientific software required by ISIS
  • lead the ISIS contribution to the Ada Lovelace Centre
  • lead the ISIS scientific computing contribution to the European Spallation Source project
  • manage the relationship between ISIS and STFC’s Scientific Computing Department
  • regularly consult with the scientific groups
  • participate in international software collaborations
  • provide expertise and direction in software development in a multiplatform environment
  • contribute to software development as appropriate
  • manage the interaction with computing facilities used by ISIS
  • ensure staff are trained in appropriate technologies and packages.

Contacts and Communication

You will communicate with ISIS instrument scientists and users to understand the requirements for scientific software. You will work with instrumentation division head to manage the group. It is expected that you will be involved in relevant scientific software collaborations. You will be responsible for the relationship between ISIS and STFC’s Scientific Computing Department and ISIS’s contribution to the Ada Lovelace Centre.

Benefits

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

Requested Profile

*Personal Skills and Attributes

  • educated to degree or higher qualification in a scientific discipline relevant to the ISIS scientific programme
  • experience of scientific software development
  • experience of software project management
  • experience of managing a team
  • excellent communications skills and the ability to see the wider view
  • excellent understanding and experience of the software life cycle and development methodologies
  • excellent knowledge of object–oriented development
  • excellent understanding of underlying technologies and tools
  • good knowledge of both Linux or Windows programmes
  • experience of cross-platform software development
  • knowledge of an area of science relevant to ISIS is essential – either neutron scattering or computational methods for materials science
  • ability to provide strong leadership, creating a vision and strategy for a similar team
  • ability to grasp new opportunities in the development of ISIS
  • experience of data analysis in a scientific area related to ISIS.

Shortlisting Criteria

Essential

  • educated to degree or higher qualification in a computing or scientific subject with significant experience of software development and support
  • significant experience of scientific software development
  • knowledge of an area of science relevant to ISIS – either neutron scattering or computational methods for materials science
  • experience of managing a team
  • experience of software project management
  • excellent oral and written communications skills
  • excellent knowledge of at least one object–oriented language such as C++
  • excellent knowledge of both Linux or Windows.

Desirable

  • experience of cross-platform software development.

Interview Criteria

Essential

All the above under shortlisting plus:

  • the ability to provide strong leadership, creating a vision and strategy for a similar team
  • the ability to see the wider view and form a vision for scientific software at ISIS
  • excellent understanding and experience of the software life cycle and development methodologies
  • excellent understanding of underlying technologies and tools
  • excellent customer focus, agreeing requirements, project planning and ability to meet deadlines
  • the ability to grasp new opportunities in the development of ISIS
  • experience of data management or data analysis in a relevant scientific area.

Contact
How to Apply

Online applications only, you must submit an up to date CV and Covering letter detailing your skills.

If you would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), are unable to apply online or do not wish to create an account but would still like to apply for a specific role, please contact us by telephone on 01793 867000.

Deadline
05. August 2018
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