Data Analysis Scientist

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Job Title Data Analysis Scientist
Job Reference DIA0987/TH
Post Type Full time, 3 year fixed term
Division Physical Science
Salary information Competitive
Application deadline 18/01/2015
Date of interviews 06/02/2015

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.  

X-ray experiments generate large amounts of data and ideally we would like this data to be processed online or near-online to provide rapid feedback on the experiment.

Diamond has invested heavily in parallel file systems technologies and clusters for acquisition and processing. We also have a range of analysis tools but we require an efficient reliable pipeline and environment for running and configuring different automated processing schemes in tandem with data acquisition.

The position will involve the evaluation and implementation of a BigData solution (e.g. Spark, Storm, or more traditional cluster processing tools like MPI) to solve this problem.

In addition I14 is interested in hearing from individuals with an interest in developing further analysis tools in the areas of tomography and hyperspectral data processing, e.g. applying statistical techniques such as PCA and cluster analysis to the processing and interpretation of hyperspectral datasets.

The hard x-ray nanoprobe beamline I14 is a new development at Diamond aiming to provide sub-50nm x-ray beams for x-ray imaging applications (

We are looking for a highly motivated data analysis scientist to contribute to the development of data processing pipelines and methodologies and to complement the current beamline team. We’re looking for a driven person with at least a 2.1 degree in a STEM subject with a keen interest in science, as well as proficiency in Java or Python to enable the delivery of key software tools into an Eclipse RCP software environment

This post provides an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic software scientist/engineer to contribute significantly in a challenging and rewarding scientific environment.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Degree in a STEM (Science, technology, engineering or mathematics) subject;
  • Use of software development frameworks and applications such as Eclipse;
  • Experience of modern programming languages such as Python or Java;
  • 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 practices;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels.


Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Ability to supervise or mentor small teams of more junior technical or administrative roles;
  • Experience of distributed processing methods and parallel file system;
  • Experience or understanding of synchrotron experimentation and data interpretation of spectroscopy, imaging and/or diffraction;
  • 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;
  • Available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences.

Further Information

  • Available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences.

Applying for employment

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to

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