STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252791
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £15631
Date Posted 11 February 2020
Grade UKRI-STU
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 29 March 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £15,631 (pro rata)
Grade: UKRI-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 - 12 Weeks)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 29th March 2020

 

STFC – ISIS – Scientific Software Optimisation Developer – Summer Placement 

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.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

What is Fit-Benchmarking?

Fit-Benchmarking is an open source Python package that was first developed to compare how different fit minimizers perform on various fitting problems. The original version was designed to work with the widely adopted neutron data reduction software Mantid.

Instrument scientists at ISIS spend a large amount of their time fitting (optimising) models against data. The ‘engines’ that do this are called minimizers. Existing neutron software that depends on fitting favours a spectrum of minimizers and/or different implementations of the same minimizers. The Fit-Benchmarking package is the first tool that aims to compare how minimizers, as they are implemented in such software, perform against common fitting problems.

The goal of this exciting summer project is to further develop the Fit-Benchmarking package. Specifically, to extend Fit-Benchmarking so that it can use minimisers from the widely used analysis software Horace and to extend the fitting problems to include data from Horace. Upon the successful implementation of this, the goal is then to extend Fit-Benchmarking to similarly structured software also used at ISIS.

The successful applicant will be based in the Analysis, Analytics and Infrastructure section of ISIS, and will work closely with Horace and Mantid team members in ISIS, and the Computational Mathematics Group of the Scientific Computing Department.

Useful skills to have:

  • A strong desire to work on challenging software issues as part of a team
  • Knowledge of Python and optimisation
  • Previously worked with git or similar version control.

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.

Essential

  • Currently be at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK (STFC Placement vacancies do not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status, we will therefore be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK).

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of Python and optimisation
  • Previously experience working with git or similar version control.

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 aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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.

Please submit a CV and Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. When writing your cover letter, please think about the following:

  • Why are you suitable for this project?
  • How can you contribute to the success of the project?
  • Why do you want to work at STFC?

You can apply for a maximum of two roles.

Note: To apply for more than one vacancy, you must actively select the apply now button on each applicable vacancy.

Closing Date: 29th March 2020

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

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