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About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding.

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We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities.

You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology.

Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

ISIS is 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. 

The Disordered Materials group specialises in the study of complex disordered materials, with our instruments tackling problems relevant to battery technology, solution phase structure, catalysis, and energy. Our data reduction and analysis software packages are written and maintained in-house and play a pivotal role in the delivery of our science. 

Overview of our industrial placement scheme

STFC’s exceptionally diverse range of placements allow you to work alongside world leading engineers, scientists and technicians in highly collaborative environments. Whichever you choose, you’ll become a critical member of the team in which you will be exposed to exciting projects and challenges from the beginning. You’ll be supported every step of the way by our dedicated Early Careers Team who will also ensure you benefit from a range of personal development opportunities. 

Summary of responsibilities

The Disordered Materials group maintains software for data reduction (correcting measured data for background, sample containment, and instrument effects) and data analysis (modelling / probing the corrected data in order to draw scientific conclusions). Two software packages maintained by the group and used for data reduction and data analysis respectively are GudPy and Dissolve.

GudPy is a Python-based wrapper around our core data reduction code Gudrun, and offers enhanced features and data analysis pipelines as well as a full GUI. Dissolve is a classical forcefield simulation code written in C++ and is used to approximate at the atomic level the real-world systems studied, and allows in-depth structural analysis of measured systems.

While these codes represent distinct parts of the reduction / analysis pipeline, they are not completely independent of each other in all cases. 

An increasingly common case is one where an initial data reduction is performed, the system simulated and compared to experiment, and additional data reduction is made based on those results.

This cycle can be repeated several times, and at present is performed in a completely manual way – automation of this process between the two codes has significant benefits in terms of user experience, not to mention providing the possibility to explore the scientific scope of such interoperability. 

Your duties will include: 

  • Creating an exploitable data flow between the Pythonic reduction code and the C++ analysis code. 
  • Investigating the scientific benefits, limits, and potential scope of the new data flow. 
  • Applying the new technique to existing user data in order to promote and develop new science. 
  • Maintenance and upkeep of the GudPy code. 
  • Extension of the GudPy code with new features where relevant, and extension of the Dissolve code in order to achieve the desired project results. 

In order to apply for this placement, we are looking for the following:

Essential:

  • Currently enrolled on an undergraduate degree course 
  • Be required or have requested to take a placement year 
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement
  • Demonstrable skills in Python 
  • Ability to lead and independently manage projects 
  • Familiarity with modern software development practices and approaches 
  • An interest in physical science 

Desirable:

  • Experience in C++ programming 
  • Experience of one or more GUI frameworks / libraries 

Part of our application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should address your suitability for the opportunity based on how you meet each essential criteria stated in this advert.

We would recommend you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close this vacancy once we have received sufficient applications.

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

Benefits

STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours. 

  • Work Life Balance
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Subsidised restaurant and coffee outlets
  • Paid Emergency Leave

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded.

Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: October 30th, 2022
  • Starting: June 2023
  • Starting Salary: £20,129 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 12 months
  • Didcot (Oxfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Software
  • Web Development

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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