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Principal Researcher in Numerical Linear Algebra

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Various, UK
Band F £59,461 - £65407 (dependent on skills and experience). 
Posting live until
14 Jun 2024

Job Details

Salary: Band F £59,461 - £65407 (dependent on skills and experience). 

Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional average salary pension + Christmas shut down + excellent work life balance

Hours: Full / Part Time (min 30 hours a week) 

Contract Type: Permanent 

Location: STFC Scientific Computing at either the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK; or the Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, Cheshire, UK.

Closing date for applications is 14th June 2024

We have an opportunity for a principal researcher in Numerical Linear Algebra to join the Numerical Linear Algebra (NLA) Group, part of the Computational Mathematics Theme in STFC’s Scientific Computing Department. The successful candidate will work closely with the NLA Group Leader to ensure that the research goals of the Group are aligned with needs and goals of SC, STFC and UKRI, while maintaining an international-level personal research programme.

Specific responsibilities include:

•  Working with our strategic partners to ensure the Group is well placed provide consultancy, support and training in the area of numerical linear algebra, as related to their applications.

•  Maintaining a productive personal research programme in the field of numerical linear algebra, and keeping up to date with the current pioneering work in the area.

•  Providing mentoring for the junior members of the Numerical Linear Algebra Group.

•  Seeking funding from, for example, SC's strategic programmes and a range of grant awarding bodies to support the Group's research interests.

Skills and Knowledge


•  A strong track record in supervising new researchers to reach their potential as evidenced by, for example, successful supervision of a range of PhD students in numerical linear algebra.

•  An international reputation in numerical linear algebra, as evidenced by a very strong publication record in the field and membership of editorial or peer-review boards.

•  Significant experience in attracting funding to support a research programme ion numerical linear algebra.

•  Experience of working with external partners, e.g., through consultancy or industrial liaison work.

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.

We are committed to 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. 

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.


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
Apply online at 

Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

Company info
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX

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