Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249365
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 24 May 2019
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 10 July 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £42,576 per annum (pro-rata for part time hours)
Grade: RC-E
Contract Type: Fixed-term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time/Part time minimum of 30 hours
Closing Date: 10th July 2019


About us

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) has a programme of work in developing information technology tools, methods and services to support Open Science. This includes managing and publishing research data and research publications and other related research artefacts, in particular within the FAIR data guidelines. The programme has the ultimate aim of assisting the users of STFC’s facilities and programmes maximise their value and impact through the use and reuse of research data.

SCD is working within European programmes to further this aim. In particular, the FREYA project is developing the infrastructure for persistent identifiers (PIDs) as a foundation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). SCD leads this project, which is developing and deploying methods and tools to support the use of PIDs for research outputs, including publications, data and people.

A particular aspect of this project is the cross-linking of research resources to produce a view on the relationships between research resources and their impact. SCD is working with STFC facilities to develop use cases for future service development.

About the role

The main focus of the post is on design and development of tools and prototype integrated systems that will lay the ground for PID-based services satisfying the needs of STFC’s own use cases and more widely in Open Science. These systems would need to interact with existing systems such as STFC’s institutional repository ePubs as well as query external PID-based systems through APIs and access to metadata. The post will involve design and integration of such prototypes for presentation to STFC’s facilities and wider communities with interests in PIDs, and will involve close collaboration with other FREYA project partners in their own developments.

Reporting to the FREYA project coordinator at STFC, requires a high level of autonomy and responsibility. You will be responsible for making sound technical decisions that balance the vision of the project with the realities of existing IT infrastructures, for leadership of particular tasks within the project and for writing up the work in a clear fashion in project deliverables intended for a wide audience.

There is also a requirement for an in-depth appreciation of the context of the work (requirements and usage of PID systems as well as FAIR data/Open Science in general) to help inform the overall direction of the project in such areas as services, policy and sustainability. Interactions with senior people in the FREYA partners will be expected, as well as representing the project in forums such as the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Working in a collaborative project environment is required, including contributing to project deliverables, presenting at meetings or elsewhere, attending coordination calls, writing documentation, and participating in dissemination activities such as international conferences.

National and international travel is required to work with project partners.


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


  • relevant degree in computing, mathematics, information science or science or equivalent relevant industry experience
  • knowledge of uses and technologies of persistent identifiers
  • programming experience with one or more of Python, Java
  • experience or in-depth knowledge of digital repository software such as Invenio
  • experience of integrating disparate systems into functional prototypes/pilots
  • good written communication skills
  • ability/willingness to travel internationally to events as needed.


  • awareness of Open Science
  • experiences with software engineering models (particularly agile development)
  • experience in working in collaborative projects with multiple partners and stakeholders.

Interview Criteria


  • capability to understand, develop and present vision of persistent identifier infrastructure in the context of FREYA
  • high degree of autonomy, commitment and reliability
  • good oral communication skills
  • ability to work both individually and in a team
  • ability to interact with and influence senior people and project stakeholders within and beyond STFC
  • analytical skills, problem solving, technical insight.


  • awareness of Open Science
  • experiences with software engineering models (particularly agile development).

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Employee Benefits

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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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