Data Scientist / Senior Data Scientist- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Didcot £31,931 a year – Full-time Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Didcot £31,931 a year

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  • Job ID 21726
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ML Engineer / Data Scientist (Band D): £40,800,
Senior ML Engineer / Senior Data Scientist (Band E): £51,500,
Visa sponsorship for candidates without the right to work in the UK
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full-time/Part Time (minimum of 25 hours a week)
Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work-life balance
Location: STFC – Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX
The closing date for applications is 23rd January 2024

Come and do the kind of computing that got you into technology in the first place. Work with pioneering tech and world-leading scientists and engineers.

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe’s premier multidisciplinary research institutions, the expertise of our computing personnel is instrumental in advancing scientific research, both nationally and globally. STFC’s Scientific Computing Department plays a pivotal role on this agenda by pioneering ground breaking software, computing, and data storage infrastructures. In addition to developing innovative solutions, we also leverage the latest technologies to drive applied research, with a primary emphasis on addressing some of the most significant and formidable challenges in the realm of scientific computing. Within STFC Scientific Computing, our AI for Science Theme interfaces with all of STFC’s expansive experimental facilities and their user communities. Our mission involves the application and advancement of pioneering AI and machine learning methodologies to address compelling and intricate scientific problems.

We are currently seeking candidates to fill various roles in Data Science, with a particular focus on those possessing robust backgrounds in ML or data science, as well as computational scientists with relevant expertise in these domains.

About the role:

The overarching goals of the role are to work with our collaborators across various STFC’s experimental facilities to understand their scientific challenges and to develop innovative intelligent solutions. As such, the role involves:

Developing novel techniques to understand, interpret and extract features and knowledge from complex experimental datasets.
Developing ML solutions by working with our collaborators, scientists, and hardware vendors.
Building automated solutions for the experimental facilities underpinned by ML and statistical models.
Contributing to learning and developmental activities at STFC
Supporting the large-scale experimental facilities and relevant communities by presenting and disseminating the work internally and externally.
Publishing the findings in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and other venues.

We are looking for ML Engineers and Data Scientists (Both at entry and senior levels) with the following requirements:

Entry Level (Band D):
Strong technical background in one of the following domains coupled with relevant ML skills: computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, materials science, physics, chemistry, or life sciences with PhD or with equivalent experience.
Strong background or experience in one or more of the following areas:
(a) Using/customising/developing large ML models, such as transformers, (b) using or developing ML techniques for domain-specific tasks (e.g., material sciences), (c) theoretical or applied reinforcement learning, ideally with knowledge in robotics and/or control theory.
Experience in Python (or any other scientific programming languages, such as C++)
Experience in one or more ML frameworks (e.g., PyTorch)
Familiarity with one or more of the following: surrogate models, benchmarking, computational aspects of density functional theory (DFT). Physics informed neural networks (PINNs), or signal processing techniques.
Senior Level (Band E):

In addition to the above, applicants for Band E must demonstrate:
Strong technical and leadership skills with experience on leading, motivating and developing others,
Experience in leading projects demonstrating high quality outputs, and
Evidence of high-quality publications or software or similar disseminations.

For further information, see: (Scientific Computing Department) (Scientific Machine Learning)

Employee Benefits:
We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:
30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days).
Flexible working hours.
An excellent defined average salary pension scheme.
Employee shopping/travel discounts.
Excellent learning and development opportunities.

We are committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers, and business support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe’s largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what’s possible.


About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

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Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme. For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role. UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

How we support EDI in the workforce

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’.

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

How to apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

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