STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC241867
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30056 - £41572
Date Posted 24 July 2017
Grade
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 September 2017
Interview Date



Salary: £30056 - £41572
Grade: D/E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 17th September 2017

Background

Reliable software is essential for effective delivery of our science programme. The Mantid framework has been developed by STFC and our international partners to provide a state of the art data treatment and analysis software package for data from the ISIS instrument suite, and has become the world leading software for neutron data reduction.

The Mantid team is looking for a person to take up a new role within the team, focusing on improving the user reliability of the Mantid software and to take the lead in providing support and development of tools to enabling this.

This is an opportunity to join large distributed team with scope to lead a new area within the team.

You will be responsible for working with our staff and visiting scientists to understand how they are using Mantid, and where the problems are. You will then work with the Mantid development team to investigate and resolve these problems, and to build automated tests to ensure long term reliability of the software. This is primarily a customer focused role to help support our diverse user base.

The role is based at the ISIS neutron and muon facility, a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. 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.

As part of the Mantid team, the role is suitable for flexible or part-time working.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities:

  • to enhance the reliability of the Mantid software
  • support scientists and developers using Mantid
  • develop tools and tests to improve Mantid reliability (Python)
  • help identify and solve Mantid stability issues.

Contacts and Communication

You will be part of the team supporting, testing, developing the Mantid package. As part of their work they will interact with developers, ISIS scientists, and external users. The post will reside within the ISIS Computing Group.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You will have a degree or equivalent experience in Physics or scientific degree involving materials science. Experience of neutron scattering would be beneficial and training is available if necessary.

Experience of supporting/testing/developing software is essential, preferably in Python.

You will have a professional approach, an analytical, logical and quick learning mind, a ‘can do’ attitude and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with scientists and developers.

SHORTLISTING CRITERIA

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Degree or equivalent experience in physics or scientific degree involving materials science
  • experience of supporting/developing software.

Desirable:

  • PhD in physics, materials science, or a related area.

Knowledge and Experience

Essential:

  • experience in supporting/developing software
  • experience with software testing
  • interest in science
  • good written communication skills.

Desirable:

  • experience of with automated testing, build automation and version control
  • experience of neutron scattering
  • experience of development in Python
  • experience of development in C++ (Essential for Band E).


INTERVIEW CRITERIA

Above shortlisting criteria plus:

BAND D

Personal skills/qualities

Essential:

  • analytical and logical ability, and persistence in tracking down and solving problems
  • fast learner, able to understand complex problems
  • ability to communicate well both orally and on paper, both formally and informally
  • able to work in a large distributed team
  • friendly, helpful manner
  • interest in science.

Desirable:

  • experience of development in Python
  • experience of with automated testing, build automation and version control
  • experience of neutron scattering .

Special Requirements

  • as Mantid is an international development project the role may include occasional UK and overseas travel.

BAND E

Personal skills/qualities

Essential:

  • solid knowledge of data analysis for a variety of neutron scattering techniques
  • analytical and logical ability, and persistence in tracking down and solving problems
  • fast learner, able to understand complex problems
  • excellent communication skills, both orally and on paper, formally and informally
  • able to work in a large distributed team
  • friendly, helpful manner
  • good understanding of software engineering and development methodology
  • interest in science
  • ability to manage a team or project.

Desirable:

  • project management experience
  • experience of leading a team.
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.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV. No Agencies.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Anders Markvardsen, anders.markvardsen@stfc.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 17th September 2017.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.