Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC247086
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £37789 - £45988
Date Posted 11 October 2018
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 11 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789– £45,998 (including allowances and dependent on skills and experience)
Grade: RC-E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full time or part time possible, no less than 4 days a week
Close Date: 11th November 2018


The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) provides computational support to UK scientific communities through the Computational Science Centre for Research Communities (CoSeC) and support to the large facilities via the Ada Lovelace Centre (ALC). As part of these activities, SCD develops a variety of image analysis and visualisation codes for a wide range of science domains and industry applications of national importance to the UK. These are made available through Collaborative Computational Projects such as CCP in tomographic imaging (CCPi) and through collaboration with the Diamond Light Source and the ISIS neutron source.

We have a vacancy for a Computational Scientist in Imaging, to contribute to CoSeC support for CCPi. This is a great opportunity for someone with strong analytical background in physics, mathematics or computer science, alongside software development capabilities to adapt and expand your expertise in the exciting field of tomographic imaging. We are keen to support you to advance your academic track record and publish your own research as appropriate.

This post will be based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire or at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and the appointment will depend on your qualifications and experience. You will work in a highly multidisciplinary environment with a team of mathematicians, software developers, image analysis specialists and experimentalists, to design, develop and enhance a suite of high end image analysis and visualisation software and technologies with science communities and industrialists.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

You will be involved mainly in CCPi ( project activities. Duties will include:

  • taking responsibility for a particular area of CCPi research that align with your interests and experience and driving algorithm development and integration in this area
  • developing an independent research profile in the community, and pro-actively collaborate with users in their research projects
  • publishing your own research and methods development
  • keeping up-to-date with the latest methodologies and tools in tomography
  • developing and optimising image analysis software on HPC (GPU and CPU)
  • developing suitable interfaces to tools that aid usability. Supporting plugin development, typically in C++, VTK or Python. Support code porting, typically from MATLAB to Python
  • promoting the use of state-of-the-art methods and tools within the user community through tutoring at courses and developing teaching materials.

Contacts and Communication

The post will reside in the Computational Biology Group in STFC Scientific Computing Department. This reflects synergies with activities in biological imaging and facility support, but this post is targeted primarily at the physical sciences. You will work on a mix of projects with other groups within STFC, liaise with the Group’s collaborators, users and members of the Collaborative Computation Projects (CCPi) programme. You will also be involved in establishing networks and collaborations, for instance, via contributing to papers and R&D proposals in collaborations with academics and industrialists.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • excellent communication skills both verbal and written with the ability to present research to a scientific audience
  • high levels of drive, determination, ownership and responsibility
  • a proactive and friendly approach to planning and problem solving
  • ability to cope with high levels of uncertainty and with minimum of supervision
  • excellent organisational skills
  • "get the job done” and “can-do” attitude
  • collaboration and team work attitude.

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.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • MSc or PhD in science and engineering subjects or equivalent research experience
  • good track record of academic publications or technical writing
  • proven ability to deliver on complex software development in research projects
  • experience in implementing software or systems for data analysis
  • good experience in modern programming languages, e.g. Python, C++.


  • experience in using tomography imaging facilities
  • experience in developing tomography image analysis codes for, e.g. reconstruction, segmentation, quantification and visualisation
  • experience in development of Python, VTK, Paraview, ImageJ or Avizo plugins (or similar)
  • GPU, OpenMP, OpenACC or MPI development experience.

Interview Criteria


  • excellent communication skills both verbal and written with a variety of audiences
  • high levels of drive, determination, ownership and responsibility
  • a proactive and friendly approach to planning and problem solving
  • ability to cope with high levels of uncertainty and with minimum of supervision
  • collaboration and team work attitude.


  • a keen interest to writing and communication as an integral part of work
  • software project management experience.

Special Requirements


  • available for occasional UK and overseas travel.

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.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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.

The closing date for applications is 11th November 2018.

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