An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior researcher to join the Numerical Analysis Group within the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The Group’s current research interests focus on large-scale systems and optimisation. The new role will involve conducting independent scientific research in an area of numerical analysis that is closely related to the existing research interests of the Group. In addition, you will be required to contribute to developing, supporting and maintaining software within the Group’s key software projects (notably HSL, SPRAL and GALAHAD, which are widely used throughout the world and have leading international reputations). This is a highly specialised post and one that will appeal to an ambitious and highly-motivated numerical analyst who wishes to work in a research environment as part of one the UK’s leading numerical analysis groups.
List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities
• the role involves carrying out novel research at an international level in an area of computational numerical analysis that complements and contributes to the work of the Group and is in line with the research grant ``Least Squares: Fit for the Future’’ awarded by the EPSRC Mathematics Programme and which will fund much of the work of the Group over the next 3 years. This will involve you working both independently and as part of a small team
• you will develop national and international research collaborations
• you will work with others in the Group on the development and expansion of projects involving the Facilities within STFC (especially, but not limited to, ISIS, Diamond Light Source and RAL Space)
• you will write technical reports and publish papers associated with your research work in leading academic journals
• you will regularly attend and speak at international and national conferences and workshops
• you will give seminars at UK universities on your research work and on HSL/SPRAL/GALAHAD
• you will develop new research opportunities and initiate and lead the writing of applications for additional and future funding for research and/or software development projects, as well as contributing to grant applications led by others
• you will design and develop new software for inclusion within the Group’s software libraries
• you will be involved in the support and maintenance of the Group’s software, including development of interfaces in modern languages
• you will provide support for users of the Group’s software, including answering technical queries, maintenance of webpages and other documentation
• you may have the opportunity to supervise and manage more junior members of the Group, for example, postdocs recruited as a result of future grant applications.
Personal Skills and Attributes
• you will need to be able to initiate and carry out high quality independent research and to work effectively and efficiently as part of a small team. You will be expected to be able to lead a team as well as to contribute to teams led by others
• while you will be expected to develop your own particular expertise within numerical analysis, your areas of interest will need to be closely related to those of other members of the Numerical Analysis Group. Thus you must have considerable knowledge and expertise in numerical linear algebra and/or large-scale optimisation
• the post will involve both research and software development; therefore you must be enthusiastic about and committed to undertaking both aspects of the role. You must have experience of programming in a high level programming language (preferably more than one language, to include Fortran) and must be willing to learn and employ new skills as necessary, including other programming languages, the use of novel computer architectures, and software engineering
• you must be highly motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking and keen to play an active part within the Group. You will be required to demonstrate excellent communication skills (in both written and spoken English).