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Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £30782 - £46576
Location: Didcot
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Software Engineering
Category: Software Jobs
Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £46,576 per annum (dependent on expertise and inclusive of sector based RRA)
Grade: D or E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 18.5 hours)
Closing Date: 22nd August 2019

About Us

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.
At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe’s largest research organisations, the expertise of our computing staff is key to making our research happen. We work with the very latest technologies to drive advances in both hardware and software that have genuine real world applications. Whether it is the search for the Higgs Boson and dark matter, analysing climate data or genomics, our systems tackle the biggest and most challenging problems in scientific computing.

STFC’s Scientific Computing Department (SCD) develops leading edge software, computer and data storage infrastructures to support the work of world class science both within STFC and internationally. The expertise of our staff is key to making our research happen. We work with the latest technologies to drive advances in both hardware and software that have genuine real world applications.

About The Role

We now have several opportunities for passionate Research Software Engineers and Senior Research Software Engineers to join the SCD , on either a full time or part time basis, offering an excellent opportunity for career development and an exceptional benefits package alongside a permanent contract.

The department develops and maintains software to support the computing and data requirements of international scientific experiments. We use a wide range of technologies such as Java, C, Python, SQL, Jenkins, RESTful web services, Linux and Cloud.

In this ‘full stack’ role you will:

* use agile tools and techniques to play a full part in all aspects of the software development lifecycle
* make sound technical decisions to guide our development of software systems
* be involved in DevOps and supporting new and existing systems
* use tools such as Jenkins to manage the continuous integration and deployment of our solutions we do our best to use the right tool for the job
* develop your expertise in a wide range of server and client-side technologies and you will research and make recommendations on what tools or technologies we should use when embarking on a project
* have the opportunity to present your work externally.

Organization Description

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 Criteria


* expertise in software development using Java, Python, C++ or similar
* expertise in software engineering best practice.


* experience of whole stack software projects
* degree in a technical subject or relevant experience
* experience of working in a collaborative development environment
* systems administration skills (Windows or Linux).

Interview Criteria

Essential Band D:

* good verbal and written communication skills
* ability to work independently and manage small projects.

Essential for Band E:

* experience of contributing to a collaborative software development project
* ability to manage the technical output of a software development team.


* proactive attitude
* ability to work as part of a team
* a professional approach with a “can do” attitude.

Special Requirements

* you must be able to travel occasionally (usually 1-3 days, but up to 1 week), within the UK and overseas will be necessary.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (javascript:void(0);).

Receipted relocation expenses may be available for this role.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.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 22nd August 2019, however applications will be reviewed and interviews hold on an on-going basis until all vacancies have been filled.

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