About Us
28 Feb 2017



STFC's Scientific Computing Department (SCD) is one of the UK’s leading centres of expertise in data-intensive science, and home to sophisticated high-performance hardware.


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​It is one of the largest departments of its kind with over 200 computational scientists, software engineers and project support staff – and it is steadily growing as the demand for more research data management, storage and analytics increases at a pace.

Our staff are located at two UK campuses – the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, and the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire. They have cutting-edge skills and expertise in scientific software research and development, and world-leading capabilities in 'big data' storage and analysis, visualisation and simulation, and scientific information management. 

Scientific computing is fundamental to modern research. This broad and rapidly-advancing field involves exploiting advanced computing capabilities to understand and solve complex problems in science. 

The huge amounts of data generated by scientific research require advanced computing infrastructure, products and services. Scientists need these resources to ​interpret and manage the information they obtain during their research, and it's these resources that we provide. 

SCD supports some of the UK's most advanced scientific facilities and provides the tools that enable the scientific community to discover and deliver vital research. We are advocates of Open Science, making research outputs available to encourage a swifter route from research to innovation, and new products and services that benefit people. 

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