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Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £31305
Location: Warrington
Job type: Permanent
Category: Design / Development Jobs
Brief Description

Salary: £31,305 per annum + £1000 retention allowance
Grade: UKRI D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 20th October 2020
Interview Date: TBC

About the Hartree Centre

If you're a passionate full-stack software engineer, this is an exciting opportunity to join the STFC Hartree Centre, a world renowned Sci-Tech organisation that is at the forefront of helping transform UK industries by accelerating the adoption of cutting-edge computing technologies. We have highly capable computing environment, encompassing High-Performance Computing (HPC), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Distributed Systems/Edge/IoT, and multi-Cloud. Our staff are key to our success and we value them highly.

About the Role

This is a chance to join the Hartree Centre’s Research Software Engineering group (RSE). Our vision is to deliver real customer value and meet high priority client needs by engineering top quality bespoke software solutions that put Hartree’s cutting edge software & systems into the hands of our customers. Our software engineers have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of exiting projects, so an ability to communicate effectively with clients from a range of backgrounds is essential. Projects come from a variety of sources, such as the Bridging4Innovators (B4i) programme, which uses Hartree technology to improve business productivity, initiatives such as the Liverpool City Region 4.0 programme to work alongside small businesses and SMEs in the local area, and UKRI scientific research grants working alongside IBM & STFC scientists. Projects may last for a few weeks to a few years and are usually delivered by small teams working closely with a senior engineer. Some of the work will be commercial in confidence, so publication is not always possible. We have a very supportive team culture; while we are serious about results, our experience of getting there is enjoyable and fun which we believe is essential to the health and wellbeing of our team. The scope for L&D is also second to none, you will specialise and/or broaden your skills as you develop.

What you will do:

* Help define & build new features or full stack applications based on technology and business needs
* Write structured, tested, readable and maintainable code
* Participate in code reviews to ensure code quality and present your work in knowledge exchange sessions
* Deploy and scale applications using CI/CD
* Manage your work through the use of Git, Jira and Agile
* Create high-quality documentation, reports and Web content
* Assist our BD team to help foster collaborations and new opportunities in the private and public sectors
* Assist with use case analysis, requirements capture, and agile project planning
* Support your teammates by continuing to learn and grow.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

The following criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I)


* Background in software engineering with full stack architecture and distributed systems (S)
* Educated to degree level or equivalent in a computer related discipline (S)
* Experience building frontend web applications with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript / TypeScript (S&I)
* Server-side development experience with at least one high-level programming language (e.g. Java, Python, JavaScript / TypeScript, Go) (S&I)
* Hands on experience with RDBMS/SQL and/or NoSQL (S&I)
* Excellent written communication skills (S)
* Excellent verbal communication skills (I)
* Able to work as part of a team and independently (I)
* Able to travel in the UK and occasionally abroad (I)
* Agile project experience in a commercial or research environment (I).


* Good customer facing skills and an aptitude for exploring use-cases & capturing user requirements (I)
* Basic knowledge of Linux & basic system administration skills (S)
* Some DevOps and/or Edge/IoT experience; we deploy to a range of cloud & computing platforms (I)
* Experience in HPC, Big Data or AI (I).

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK.

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