Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251258
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £46576
Date Posted 07 October 2019
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 07 November 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782-£46,576 Per annum/Pro rata (Depending on experience and inclusive of a Recruitment and Retention allowance)                    
Band: D/E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full time/Part time considered (a minimum of 25 hours per week)
Closing Date: 7th November 2019

About Us

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. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) now forms a key part of UK Research and Innovation.

STFC is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology. We offer a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.

A part time working pattern is possible, with a minimum of 25 hours per week.

About the Role

Are you a mathematician who wants to see their research have a direct impact in cutting-edge science?

The Computational Mathematics Group is part of the Scientific Computing Department at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. We carry out mathematical research by developing and analysing innovative algorithms. We have a vacancy for a researcher in mathematics. You will be working alongside scientists at STFC to identify and overcome numerical bottlenecks in their software. You will appeal to an ambitious and highly motivated numerical analyst who wishes to work in a research environment as part of one the UK’s leading computational mathematics groups.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities:

  • You will work with others in the Group on the development and expansion of projects involving the Facilities within STFC (especially, but not limited to, ISIS, Diamond Light Source, the Central Laser Facility, and RAL Space)
  • You will design and develop new algorithms and mathematical software for use by the scientists we work with and/or for inclusion in the Group’s software libraries. You will help maintain and provide support for the Group’s software
  • You will undertake original research in mathematics, and will write technical reports and publish papers associated with your work in leading academic journals
  • You will keep up to date with the state-of-the-art in numerical methods in your area of expertise, and will be actively involved in communicating your expertise to our stakeholders
  • You will regularly attend and speak at international and national conferences and workshops, and will give seminars at UK universities on your work
  • You will help develop new research opportunities and contribute to securing funding for future projects.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • You must be highly motivated, enthusiastic, hardworking and keen to play an active part within the Group. You will be required to demonstrate excellent communication skills (in both written and spoken English)
  • While you will be expected to develop your own particular expertise within computational mathematics, your areas of interest will need to align with the needs of the scientists at STFC, and must compliment the research interests of the other members of the Computational Mathematics Group
  • You will be involved in both research and software development, and you must have a passion for both aspects of the role. You must have extensive experience of implementing cutting-edge numerical methods in software
  • Experience of programming in a high-level language is desirable and you must have an aptitude for learning new skills as necessary, including programming languages, the use of novel computer architectures, and software engineering.

Additional Responsibilities and Personal Skills and Attributes for a Band E appointment:

  • In addition to the responsibilities for Band D above, you will be expected to manage projects and complex situations with confidence
  • You will be able to demonstrate proven negotiation and influencing skills, and will use these to attract funding for yourself and others into the Group
  • You will be expected to set priorities and make decisions independently
  • You will have a proven track record of independent research at an international level, as demonstrated by high quality research publications. You will also have experience of developing and maintaining software used by others.

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

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.

These are the criteria we will use to assess your application through shortlisting (S), at interview (I) or both (S&I):


  • PhD in numerical analysis, computational science, or a related discipline (or equivalent professional experience) (S)
  • Excellent written communication skills, as demonstrated by CV, covering letter, and publications in leading numerical analysis journals (commensurate with career stage) (S)
  • Evidence of independent research in computational mathematics with a practical application (S)
  • Good general knowledge of standard methods in computational mathematics, and expert-level knowledge of at least two of the following subject areas: numerical solution of linear systems, eigenvalue problems, numerical solution of (linear or nonlinear) least-squares problems, continuous optimiSation, numerical solution of ODEs or PDEs, model order reduction, uncertainty quantification, the mathematics underpinning machine learning, statistics (S&I)
  • Demonstrable experience of high-quality mathematical software development, with a commitment to providing excellent service to our software users (S&I)
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, (as demonstrated at interview, and by invitations to, and participation in, conferences, seminars, etc.). (S&I)

Additional criteria for a Band E appointment:

  • Proven track record of independent research at an international level (S)
  • Experience of developing and supporting software that is used by others (S&I)
  • Ability to attract funding to the organisation (S&I)
  • Proven people management skills. (S&I)


  • Experience of coding in a compiled language, such as Fortran, C, or C++ (S&I)
  • Programming using Open MP and/or MPI and/or CUDA (S&I)
  • Experience of dealing with queries from software users and potential customers (S&I)

Special Requirements:

  • Available for occasional UK and overseas travel.

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.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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