Data Analysis Scientist

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Job Title Data Analysis Scientist
Job Reference DIA0959/NH
Post Type Full time / three year, fixed term contract
Division CEO
Salary information Competitive
Application deadline 28/09/2014

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines.

We are looking for a high calibre software scientist to join our growing Industrial Liaison team and work in close collaboration with existing software groups on visualization and analysis of spectroscopy, diffraction or imaging data. The role will work closely with the scientific software group who have the responsibility for the provision of advanced data evaluation, analysis and visualization software applications for both internal and external users of Diamond. These applications exploit the very latest techniques to address the challenging requirements of a broad range of scientific disciplines including catalysis, engineering and materials science.

The successful candidate will work with our Industrial Liaison scientists to identify and define requirements for data analysis and visualization applications for industrial research and co-operate with the scientific software group to ensure that they are implemented in a timely and effective way. The role will also be working with our data acquisition team to help optimize the whole scientific process at a Diamond beamline from data acquisition through to the experimenters leaving with high quality experimental results.

  • Working with the industry liaison group, beamline staff and the data analysis and acquisition groups to identify and define requirements for the data analysis software.
  • Management and, if necessary, implementation of required software including appropriate documentation and project plans.
  • Work closely with acquisition colleagues to enable the integration of analysis software into the data acquisition process where appropriate.
  • Technical appreciation of software techniques and tools to employ.
  • Use scientific and technical knowledge to understand and implement data analysis and mathematical software.
  • Development and use of collaboration across multidisciplinary teams from potentially geographically separated locations.
  • Produce project plans and documentation.
  • Implement appropriate software testing regimes as part of the development process.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Degree in Science;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good interpersonal, communication  and presentational skills;
  • Enjoys team work;
  • Self motivated, interested in keeping pace with software testing best practises;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Experience of modern programming languages such as Java, C, C++ and Python;
  • Experience or understanding of synchrotron experimentation and data interpretation of spectroscopy, imaging and/or diffraction.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Ability to supervise or mentor small teams of more junior technical or administrative roles;
  • Available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences;
  • Higher Degree in an appropriate discipline;
  • Use of software development frameworks and applications such as Eclipse;
  • Background in using advanced mathematics and software engineering techniques for application development;
  • Requires significant practical experience in a professional, scientific or technical field;
  • Project management experience.

Further Information

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