8 months ago
Salary: Band E £38,318 - £46,576 per annum, pro rata if part time (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of sector based allowance)
Grade: UKRI - E
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 at the CLF. As a Senior Software Engineer working on the EPAC project you will have distributed control system design experience preferably in the EPICS (Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System). The EPAC facility comprises of several distinct sub- systems, each of these systems controls a heterogeneous environment of scientific instruments, which include commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment, real-time controllers and embedded systems. This diverse array of equipment is controlled through distributed control systems. You will also have a strong background a diverse programming experience, including C, C++, C#, Python, LabView and MATLAB.
Responsibilities will include:
* Contributing to the design and development of laser control systems
* Requirements capturing, software design, development, testing and documentation
* Manage your own sub-team of software engineers, this includes training and mentoring junior engineers
* Working closely with other groups of scientists, electrical and mechanical engineers.
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 E
* HND, or equivalent degree (BEng, BSc), in science/engineering along with extensive experience working in an engineering field & evidence of responsibility
* Knowledge and practical programming experience (EPICS, Matlab, Visual Basic .Net, C++, C#, Python) (S&I)
* Experience in development of instrument control systems (I)
* Experience working in a software engineering or mutli-disciplinary engineering environment (S&I)
* Good written and verbal communication skills with staff at all levels (I)
* Able to multi-task and priorities against a heavy work load and achieve demanding targets
* Strong self-motivation and good teamwork skills (I)
* Responsible approach to health and safety. (I)
Desirable Band E:
* Experience of working in a highly complex technical environment or scientific research environment (I)
* Knowledge and experience of project management techniques (S&I)
* Experience in managing/supervising a small team
* Experience working developing systems from customers’ requirements to commissioning (S&I)
* Experience in financial planning/budget control (S&I)
* Experience with code repositories (S&I)
* High level of interest in IT. (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.
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.
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.
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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