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8 months ago
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £30782 - £36459
Location: Didcot
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Software Engineering
Category: Software Jobs
Brief Description

Salary: Band D £30,782 - £36,459 per annum, pro rata if part time (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: UKRI - D
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 3 years
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 30 hours)
Closing Date: 20th October 2019

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is one of the world’s leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of state of the art laser technology. The CLF has around 180 staff and its function - user facility, international research – makes it a very friendly, outgoing, externally facing sort of place. It has a welcoming and inclusive culture, and you will find that people will naturally help and support you.

The CLF is building a new laser centre - the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) and is seeking new team members to help to build this and to contribute to our existing facilities. EPAC is an £81M facility that will use lasers developed by our team to drive new types of novel particle and radiation beams that can be applied to a wide range of problems in science and industry. We are looking for people like you, scientists and engineers at all stages of their careers to be a part of our friendly and enthusiastic team in the following areas (details are below):

As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including RAL and many more around the world. RAL is home to about 1,200 staff that work with a community of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers mainly from the research sector, which spans the scientific spectrum including energy, security, materials healthcare, life-sciences and the environment to address important challenges facing society.

STFC is an award winning employer and RAL is a superb place to work – there is pioneering work going on all around the site and the environment, facilities and conditions are excellent. RAL has a real buzz and the people working here have a profound sense of pride in what they achieve. Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development STFC offer’s a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional career average defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

You will join a team of engineers and software specialists designing the control system for EPAC that will monitor and control its various laser systems, associated diagnostics and drive systems and liaise with EPAC’s safety and data acquisition systems. You will work very closely with scientists and engineers designing the facility, capturing and implementing the instrument control requirements in the system. You will have a strong background in at least one instrument control languages (EPICS, Matlab, Visual Basic .Net, C++, C#, Python) and experience with computer-controlled equipment/diagnostics (such as oscilloscopes, power supplies, delay generators etc.) computer hardware and data protocols. Ideally you will have good practical skills.

Responsibilities will include:

* Contributing to the generation of system specification of the EPAC control system
* Determine and produce specifications by working with scientific teams
* Contributing to the design of the control system for EPAC
* Development of software for the control of specific subsystems including motion control systems.

Contacts and Communication

You will need to be a self-motivated individual with good command of written and spoken English. The job involves working closely with research scientists, mechanical and electrical engineers and leading university research groups from Europe and the UK. You should have the ability to communicate effectively and be able to translate ideas into working systems.

Personal Skills and Attributes

The role requires the candidate to be self-motivated, to work well in a team and to be able to operate independently. You will ideally have a broad understanding of engineering and would have specific knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

* Instrument control languages (EPICS, Matlab, Visual Basic .Net, C++, C#, Python)
* Experience with computer-controlled equipment/instrumentation
* Data protocols.

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 Criteria (I)

Essential Band D

* HND, or degree (BEng, BSc), in science/engineering along with experience working in an engineering field (S)
* Knowledge and practical programming experience (EPICS, Matlab, Visual Basic .Net, C++, C#, Python) (S&I)
* Good understanding of distributed control system (I)
* Able to solve problems and make decisions (I)
* Responsible approach to health and safety. (I)

Desirable Band D

* Experience of working in a highly complex technical environment or scientific research environment (I)
* Knowledge and experience of project management techniques (S&I)
* Experience working developing systems from customers’ requirements to commissioning (S&I)
* Experience with code repositories. (S&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 aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings 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.

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