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Scientific Data Management Architect

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About Us The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations, and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology / engineering. STFC is one of nine partner organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); an organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) is the UK’s national centre providing scientists with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology to carry out a broad range of experiments - from biology and medicine to material science and plasma physics. Our work is helping to inspire solutions to everyday problems and outstanding fundamental questions in science alike: from developing future energy sources and novel diagnostic capabilities for cancer and bone disease to recreating astrophysical events in the early universe in the laboratory.

About the Role

CLF is now building a new laser centre - the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC). This £81.2M facility will use lasers to drive novel particle and x-ray beams, opening up novel biomedical and industrial imaging capabilities. EPAC will be world-leading scientific infrastructure combining state-of-the-art laser, accelerator and data management technologies. We now have an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled data scientist or software engineer with relevant expertise to join the EPAC team on a fixed term basis.

Your main role will be to work with a team of scientists and engineers to design and deliver the data management system of EPAC. You will join the EPAC team in CLF, working with experts from Diamond Light Source and other STFC departments such as Scientific Computing and ISIS. Depending on your expertise, you will also have the opportunity to lead parts of the data management system.  

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced or emerging data scientist/engineer to develop further: the successful candidate will have a stimulating work environment with exposure to various cutting-edge technologies.

About You

You will have a degree or equivalent experience in computer science, software engineering, or strongly related STEM subject with significant software development experience. You will also have a sound understanding of object-oriented analysis and design, and experience in using object-oriented programming techniques, testing frameworks, code repositories and issue tracking systems. For consideration in higher grade, expertise of software development using Apache Kafka or a similar platform, and expertise in C# / Java / C/ C++ is essential. Experience in heading up software development process using modern agile techniques and aspects of project/people management would be beneficial for appointment at higher grade.

The ability to work independently and within a dynamic, agile team environment as well as the ability to learn quickly and share love of new tools and technologies also are required for this role.


STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages. 


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