STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250785
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26932
Date Posted 02 September 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £26,932
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended 
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres on the: 12th and 16th December 2019, 21st and 28th January 2020

 

STFC - ISIS - Machine Learning for Accelerator Control Systems Graduate

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative,collaborative culture.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all our current graduate vacancies here.

The ISIS Neutron Source

ISIS is a neutron source located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK used for cutting-edge research in material and biological sciences. Large quantities of diagnostic and control data is generated during the operation of the ion-source, linear accelerator and synchrotron. The Accelerator Controls section is responsible for the collection and dissemination of data related to the control and status of the accelerators.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

Machine learning is a technology which has not yet seen widespread use at the ISIS accelerators. With the large quantity of live and historic data available to the Accelerator Controls section there is considerable scope to use machine learning techniques to improve our operations. This could range from detection of problematic anomalies, through to system modelling, and even control and tuning of the accelerators.

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Design and implement machine learning software with the purpose of improving efficiency and availability of the ISIS accelerators. For example, improving the lifetimes of the Penning ion-sources.This will require working with many other scientists and engineers across the ISIS accelerators
  • Drive the adoption of software development methodologies within the accelerator controls section, e.g. unit testing,test-driven development, continuous integration/continuous development, and DevOps best practices
  • Upgrade legacy applications within the ISIS controls system, especially in light of the previous two requirements
  • Assist with keeping the ISIS accelerator controls system operational. This includes providing out of hours on-call support, bug fixing and integration of new features to existing applications.

Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

The criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I), or both (S&I)

Essential:

  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020 (S)
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • The right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • A software development or computing discipline (S)
  • Experience programming data analysis or control system applications (S&I)
  • Ability to work with other developers (I)
  • Ability to adapt based on feedback from other developers and users (I).

Desirable:

  • Experience in at least one the following computing languages: python, C++, C#, JavaScript, Java, R. (I)
  • Knowledge of relational database design and SQL (I)
  • Knowledge of web technologies and development frameworks (I)
  • Good communication skills (I).
  • Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
  • Subject to performance you will be promoted after two years with us, resulting in a further salary increase
  • STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. STFC is also organisational member of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme
  • Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2019 or January 2020 and will be held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

Closing Date: 27th October 2019

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/careers/graduates/

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