Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 to £33,997 (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: RC-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 12th August 2018

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

The Hartree Centre: Smarter Innovation at Scale

Since its inception in 2013, the Hartree Centre has rapidly established itself as the UK’s foremost HPC and Data Analytics technology centre. At the Hartree Centre we are investing in world-class people and facilities to create world-leading capabilities, working with strategic technology partners at our state of the art Daresbury facility. Our mission is to transform UK competitiveness by accelerating the uptake of data-centric computing, big data and cognitive technologies.

To achieve this, we are working collaboratively across five core areas: Proof of technology, collaborative research and development, software development and optimisation, platform as a service and training and skills development. By making our capabilities and intellectual property the easiest and simplest in the world to access for UK companies and institutions, we are establishing a world-leading position in data-driven intellectual property. We are improving competitive advantage and productivity for our clients, partners and the wider community and developing the UK skills-base in future technologies.

High value manufacturing and engineering is an important area for the Hartree Centre as a major contributor to the UK economy it employs a high percentage of highly skilled workers driving innovation.  More specifically these industries have a significant and growing appetite for high performance computing, data analysis, cognitive computing and visualisation. The Hartree Centre and the Scientific Computing Department (SCD) based at the Daresbury Laboratory have a successful track record in modeling, simulation, application performance engineering and data analysis for a number of world class organisations including Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy, Dyson, Jaguar Landrover, Bentley, BAR, Unilever and Schlumberger.

The continuing success of the Hartree Centre means we are looking to recruit talented and enthusiastic scientists, engineers and technologists to work on ground breaking projects across High Performance Computing big data analytics and machine learning.

About the Role

As part of  this drive, we are seeking to recruit a Research Software Engineer to join our growing team. You will be working with the latest data centric and cognitive computing technologies from IBM, as well as our petascale Bull Sequana supercomputer. You will work on a variety of challenging science and engineering projects utilising and enhancing your skills in research software engineering as applied to develop flexible, robust and re-usable digital assets using software optimisation, data analysis, machine learning and natural language processing methods.

Initial projects will include working on our Innovation Return on Research (IROR) programme, which partners with companies across the Chemistry and Materials, Life Sciences and Engineering and Manufacturing sectors, as well other projects in areas including Aerospace, FMCG, Oil and Gas, Automotive and Transport Systems. The choice of project will depend to some extent upon your strengths, but the common thread is the application of innovative computing solutions to real industry problems.

Duties include:

  • identifying appropriate technologies and designing appropriate technology solutions
  • learning and applying HPC, data centric, analytics and cognitive computing technologies
  • looking at validation of conclusions and presentation of results to customers (including advanced visualisation)
  • defining work plans for specific Hartree Centre projects
  • making site visits to commercial and academic partners
  • publishing non-confidential results.

Contacts and Communication

You will join a growing team of world class Research Software Engineers within the Hartree Centre. Working closely with applications teams in SCD, the High Performance Software Engineering and Future Technologies groups in Hartree and with an expanding IBM Research team based at the Daresbury site. You will work with business development personnel to develop collaborations with industrial partners and public agencies.

The Hartree Centre works closely with industrial clients on specific projects and you will also contribute to these projects as needed. Some of the work will be commercial in confidence and subject to IPR rules around public disclosure. The role will involve working closely with teams within commercial companies.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a computing related discipline. In particular, you will have knowledge or experience in at least one of the following:

  • Parallel Software Development (MPI, OpenMP, etc.)
  • accelerator technology (GPU, Xeon Phi, FPGA, etc.)
  • machine learning
  • user interface/user experience development
  • computer visualisation
  • experience in one or more of the following fields would be desirable but by no means essential:
    •  finance, media, engineering, life sciences and/or chemistry.

While support from other members of the department is available, you should have a detailed knowledge of software engineering and the use of clusters or supercomputers and data management. Demonstration of knowledge and/or experience in Cognitive Computing areas, such as Knowledge Representation and Ontologies, Human Computer Interaction, Robotics, Deep Learning etc. will be a distinct advantage.

You will need to work on diverse projects, so an ability to have informed discussions with scientists, industrial clients and academic colleagues from different domains is essential. Hartree Centre projects will be solution-focused, so you  must be able to work to a plan and within a deadline.

Further information: (Hartree Centre).

Research Software Engineer – STFC

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