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Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £26932
Location: Didcot
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Graduate
Category: Graduate Jobs
Brief Description

Salary: £26,932
Grade: UKRI - C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 17th November 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres: 12th and 16th December 2019 and 21st and 28th January 2020

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all our current graduate vacancies here.

We are looking for graduates to support the development of new software in the ISIS Neutron and Muon department within STFC.

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It supports a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology. It is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

You will undertake activities that will develop your expertise in network design, cyber security, servers, storage & virtualisation, containerisation, cloud computing, bring your own device (BYOD), Unix, DevOps, software-defined networking, and the internet of things (IoT).

Your role will be based on your interests and strengths, so you do not need to know about all these areas!

As part of a team you will be involved in all stages of our projects, from requirements capture and feasibility through designing, configuring, scripting, testing, deployment and running high quality production services. You will get to work in a range of teams and projects including Agile/Scrum and DevOps teams. You will be given real responsibility and ownership.


You will be expected to:

* Communicate and work with fellow systems engineers, software developers, customers, scientists and management including writing documentation for technical and non-technical users
* Design solutions making use of appropriate techniques and tools
* Use a variety of tools and technologies used by teams to manage computer systems
* Write clear, well-structured scripts that implements the design and are easy to maintain
* Test and deploy your solutions, including helping to provide support after release
* Take an active role in both technical and non-technical meetings
* Participate in the wider department and STFC graduate training programme.

Once you have settled in, you will also be expected to:

* Lead work packages and projects through to completion
* Help colleagues with less experience get up to speed
* Supervise/mentor junior colleagues.

Training will be provided as necessary. In addition to a full induction and “on the job” training, you will have the opportunity to subscribe to professional online tutorial sites, attend conferences, attend technical courses, undertake various soft skills training and take part in our organisation-wide Early Careers conference, where you can network with other graduates and colleagues at the start of their career.

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.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) Criteria


* Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or due to receive it in 2020 (S)
* Expected to have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
* The right to work and live in the UK (S)
* Good communication skill and the ability to influence people at all levels (S&I)
* Demonstrate good team working capabilities (I)
* Give detail of an example of when you have worked in a team. (I)

You will also have at least one, but not necessarily all, of the following attributes:

* Experience of network administration (S&I)
* Experience of Windows and/or Linux systems administration (S&I)
* Significant experience setting up and using Linux personally (S&I)
* Experience of customer service and/or providing technical support (S&I)


* A membership of an appropriate professional institution and/or degree that meets the educational requirements for chartered status with appropriate professional institution
* A minimum of three A-levels at grade C or above (or equivalent e.g. BTEC/international examinations) (S)

You may also have one, but not necessarily all, of the following attributes:

* Knowledge of systems/networks administration tools and best practices (S&I)
* Knowledge of virtual machines and build servers (S&I)
* Knowledge of containerization (e.g. docker)
* Experience in automatically configuring/scripting Windows, Mac and/or UNIX platforms
* Experience in setting up continuous integration/build servers (e.g. Jenkins) (S&I)

Very strong candidates will likely have experience from an Industrial placement or vacation placement or internship, but experience does not have to be paid experience. For example, it could be a project you have done as part of a university module, your final year project, a personal project, or an open-source/volunteer project you have contributed to.

* Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
* Subject to performance you will be promoted after two years with us, resulting in a further salary increase
* STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. STFC is also organisational member of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT
* You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators
* STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme
* Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered.

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.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

* Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
* Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
* The right to live and work in the UK

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2019 or January 2020 and will be held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

Closing Date: 17th November 2019

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