Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250610
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318 - £48962
Date Posted 05 September 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 21 October 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782-£33,459 (Band D) or £38,318-£42,576 (Band E)
Grade: D/E
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 21st October 2019
Interview Date: W/C 11th November 2019


The Crystallography Group at ISIS operates nine neutron instruments for diffraction and imaging studies, performing world class powder and single crystal diffraction studies covering a broad range of academic and industrial research. Of these, one (SXD) is dedicated to single crystal diffraction measurements, with particular focus on research areas such as molecular crystallography, hydrogen bonding, diffuse scattering and pharmaceuticals.

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent scientist to join the Crystallography Group, working with the SXD team to develop the software required to support the scientific programme on the instrument. An understanding of crystallography and diffraction methods will be required, in order to develop data correction routines for effects such as extinction and absorption from arbitrarily shaped crystals. An ability to work collaboratively is important, you will be supported by colleagues at the Diamond Light Source and within STFC’s Scientific Computing Department. The appointed candidate will be strongly encouraged to pursue your own independent research projects, linked to the scientific programmes within the ISIS Crystallography Group. 


  • develop (band E), or contribute to the development of (band D),neutron diffraction software for processing of single crystal diffraction datafrom a pulsed source such as ISIS
  • co-ordinate (band E), or contribute to the development of (band D) the analysis software withcolleagues in the MANTID software team at ISIS, the Diamond Light Source andwithin STFC’s Scientific Computing Department
  • provide data analysis support for users of the SXD single crystaldiffractometer at ISIS (band D/E)
  • liaise with external networks and facilities (e.g. the EuropeanSpallation Source) to ensure the widest use of the software (band E)
  • pursue an independent (band E) or collaborative (band D) research programme, linked to theactivities of the ISIS Crystallography Group
  • present your work at national and international conferences and meetings (band D/E).

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.

Criteria will be assessed through Shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I).


  • a PhD, or equivalent degree, in a physical science, engineering or related discipline (S)
  • experience of diffraction methods and analysis using neutrons and/or X-rays (S&I)
  • experience of developing software using C++ and/or python (S&I)
  • experience of object-oriented design (S&I)
  • excellent written and oral English language skills, including good presentation skills (I)
  • must be capable of working independently and in small teams (I)
  • potential to develop an independent research programme, linked to the activities of the ISIS Crystallography Group. (I)


  • knowledge of single crystal diffraction methods and their data analysis software (S&I)
  • experience working with complex data analysis and large data sets (S&I)
  • working knowledge of software version control and software testing (S&I)
  • experience of developing software as part of a larger collaboration (S&I)
  • ability to convert scientific requirements into usable software outputs (S&I)
  • ability to lead/influence a team of software developers (S&I)
  • hands-on experience of operating a neutron or synchrotron diffractometer. (S&I)

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 aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

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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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