Postdoc for Cloud based Data Driven Materials Discovery

Job description:

UCL - University College London -  seeks a motivated Postdoctoral fellow interested in combining software engineering skills (Python web frameworks e.g., Django, FastAPI, Flask) into data driven materials innovation.

You will contribute to the development of novel innovative cloud platforms for data driven applications and machine learning apps aimed at fundamental materials research problems. We are looking for someone that is passionate for scientific software development and has string affinity to modern cloud computing, especially with Python frameworks.

You will be collaborating as part of an international team of developers dedicated to advancing open-source scientific applications. Your software will have a direct impact on how we discover and investigate materials.

The position is initially for 12 months. You will benefit from associate membership of UCL’s Advanced Research Computing Centre (ARC) during this time. At the end of the 12 months fixed term there is the opportunity to move to a full-time permanent position as a Research Software Engineer within ARC, subject to suitable performance evaluation.

Further information about working in ARC can be found on our website.

Kind of job:

• develop web frameworks and data science tools in Python, and Typescript
• contribute to existing open source projects, mainly to the SimPhoNy Open Simulation Environment (, OpenModel OIE and the DOME 4.0 marketplace.
• contribute to blockchain based tools for data provenance and databases
• develop ontologies for materials modelling workflows and dataspaces
• develop and apply collaborative Machine Learning and multiscale simulation workflows
• prepare papers and publish in scientific journals


• undertake a leading role in the development of the DOME 4.0 ( and OpenModel ( EU open innovation platforms
• contribute to front and backend design and implementation of cloud based e-science platforms using fastAPI, Flask and similar frameworks
• contribute to code reviews and collaborative source code development on GitHub as part of an international vibrant European team
• participate in project meetings both in the UK and Europe (online and onsite)
• deliver and report on projects results including in major international conferences and workshops.


The post is a UCL grade 7 post, the salary for which ranges from £39,508 to £47,355 per annum (including London Allowance of £4,000) depending on experience.

Closing date:
09 May 2023
Company information:
UCL - Data Driven Materials Discovery Group

Established in 2014 as part of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS) Faculty, the UCL Institute for Materials Discovery (IMD) acts as a focal point of materials research at UCL across all departments.

The IMD strives to be at the forefront of advanced materials research and teaching. We run state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities and offer vibrant MSc programs aross UCL’s Bloomsbury and UCL East campuses. We are pioneering novel data-driven approaches for materials discovery, understanding fundamental materials behaviour, developing innovative sustainable materials for new innovative applications and boosting enterprise (i.e., industry) oriented materials research.

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