Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242252
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30056 - £41572
Date Posted 11 August 2017
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 September 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £30,056 - £41,572
Grade: RC-D or RC-E
Dependent on skills and experience relevant to the role appointment will be made at band D or E
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until end of October 2018)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 24th September 2017
Interview Date: 5th October 2017

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic researcher to join our Computational Mathematics research team within the STFC’s Scientific Computing Department for a one year period. The team is internationally known for its research into numerical linear algebra and optimization. The role involves both algorithmic research and the translation of this research into software. You will be working in collaboration with world leaders in the field through an EU Horizon 2020 research grant. The NLAFET project focuses on delivering new algorithms and technologies for dense and sparse linear algebra on next generation supercomputers.

The work at STFC will focus mainly on the strong scaling of sparse direct solvers using task‐based paradigms, though contributions will be made across the full range of the project. Impact will be delivered through publication of technical reports and research papers, through presentations at workshops and conferences and through the development and release of high quality research software.

Responsibilities will include:

  • research into new parallel algorithms for solution of dense and sparse linear equations
  • design and development of robust and efficient implementation
  • writing technical reports and research papers
  • presentations at workshops and conferences
  • active collaboration with our international partners Implementation of algorithms in high quality research software
  • testing and benchmarking across a range of HPC systems
  • occasional UK and international travel.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • PhD (or equivalent research experience) with strong emphasis on numerical or computational mathematics
  • for the higher band (Band E) significant post doctoral (or equivalent research experience) with strong emphasis on numerical or computational mathematics and experience in high performance computing
  • evidence of high quality research in numerical linear algebra
  • significant experience in parallel C/C++ or Fortran.


  • experience in programming GPUs.

Interview Criteria


  • understanding  of  technical  issues  around numerical computing and research software
  • ability to communicate well in written and spoken English.


  • good team member with good personality.

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.

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:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 24th September 2017. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is 5th October 2017 and will be held at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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.