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Systems Software Engineer


Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £30782 - £33459
Location: Didcot
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Software Engineering
Category: Software Jobs
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Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £33,459
Grade: D
Contract Type: 3 Years - Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 22nd August 2019

Background

The Harwell campus of the Science and Technologies Facilities Council is home to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and to the UK research community’s large-scale experimental Facilities. These are the Diamond Synchrotron and Electron Microscopy facilities, the ISIS neutron and muon accelerator, and the Central Laser Facility. Researchers from universities and from industry use these facilities to attack a very wide range of scientific applications ranging from determining protein structures to the physics of materials.

In the last decade, experiments performed at these facilities have become much more complex and now generate very large volumes of scientific data. Increasingly, researchers need support and assistance in all aspects of data management, from the generation and acquisition of the datasets on-site at the Facilities, the use of advanced data analytics to extract new science from their data, and through to data curation and archiving.

The Data Analysis as a Service (DAaaS) team in the Scientific Computing Department have been set up to work with colleague in Facilities and their user communities. The team provide leading analysis framework, bringing together the users’ data and software supported by the STFC Cloud.

We now have an excellent opportunity for Developer roles in this growing team. You will join our motivated team and work collaboratively with the software developers and service team.

You will gain deep, hands-on expertise with the latest and the most popular development tools and practices as you help deliver solutions to some of the world’s biggest and innovative science experiments.

You will build your overall technology architecture expertise by teaming side-by-side with our experts in other modern engineering disciplines such as the Cloud, using an Agile approach.

You must be self-driven, bright, ambitious, passionate, a strong communicator, able to work efficiently and across various teams and platforms.

The post is based at the STFC Rutherford laboratory in Oxfordshire.

Responsibilities

* develop and deploy systems to enable and optimise scientific workflows
* providing second and third level of support in and out of working hours
* maintain and improve the performance of existing software
* develop and implement new versions of software programs in order to satisfy the customers' requirements
* generating knowledge bases from the interpretation outcomes
* work in Scrum/Agile environment
* technical Skills Required
* degree or equivalent experience in computing or a scientific degree involving computing
* good knowledge in Linux configuration and administration
* good knowledge of Python and shell scripting
* experience of using configuration management tools such as Ansible/Chef/Puppet
* experience using version control system (Git, SVN).

Personal Skills and Attributes

* ability to work in a large-scale production IT environment
* excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
* ability to work independently and manage small projects
* analytical thinking and problem solving
* results focused - "owns the problem" and manages through to resolution.

Any other Relevant Information

* taking a routine share in an on-call work system providing out of hours cover.

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 Criteria

Essential:

* degree or equivalent experience in computing or a scientific degree involving computing
* good knowledge in Linux configuration and administration
* good knowledge of Python and shell scripting
* experience of using configuration management tools such as Ansible/Chef/Puppet
* experience using version control system (Git, SVN).

Desirable:

* cloud technologies (Openstack, AWS, Google Cloud)
* HPC technologies (Slurm, Torque, Grid Engine)
* Web technologies (React, Redux, HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
* compiling software on Linux systems
* proficiency in JIRA and Confluence.

Interview Criteria

All of the above, including:

* understanding of software development cycles
* excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team.

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.

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.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

If you would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), are unable to apply online or do not wish to create an account but would still like to apply for a specific role, please contact us by telephone.

If you have not already logged into iRecruitment (including as a current employee) you will be re-directed to the login/register page by clicking the "apply now" button. If you don't have an account with us, by choosing to register you consent to UK SBS processing the information you provide as part of the Recruitment Service. You can select appropriate job alerts and notifications as part of your account preferences, and you are able to close your account (withdraw consent) should you wish to do so. Before starting your online application and inputting your personal details, please read our Privacy Notice which contains full details of how your information is processed once you have made an application.
Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £33,459
Grade: D
Contract Type: 3 Years - Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 22nd August 2019

Background

The Harwell campus of the Science and Technologies Facilities Council is home to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and to the UK research community’s large-scale experimental Facilities. These are the Diamond Synchrotron and Electron Microscopy facilities, the ISIS neutron and muon accelerator, and the Central Laser Facility. Researchers from universities and from industry use these facilities to attack a very wide range of scientific applications ranging from determining protein structures to the physics of materials.

In the last decade, experiments performed at these facilities have become much more complex and now generate very large volumes of scientific data. Increasingly, researchers need support and assistance in all aspects of data management, from the generation and acquisition of the datasets on-site at the Facilities, the use of advanced data analytics to extract new science from their data, and through to data curation and archiving.

The Data Analysis as a Service (DAaaS) team in the Scientific Computing Department have been set up to work with colleague in Facilities and their user communities. The team provide leading analysis framework, bringing together the users’ data and software supported by the STFC Cloud.

We now have an excellent opportunity for Developer roles in this growing team. You will join our motivated team and work collaboratively with the software developers and service team.

You will gain deep, hands-on expertise with the latest and the most popular development tools and practices as you help deliver solutions to some of the world’s biggest and innovative science experiments.

You will build your overall technology architecture expertise by teaming side-by-side with our experts in other modern engineering disciplines such as the Cloud, using an Agile approach.

You must be self-driven, bright, ambitious, passionate, a strong communicator, able to work efficiently and across various teams and platforms.

The post is based at the STFC Rutherford laboratory in Oxfordshire.

Responsibilities

* develop and deploy systems to enable and optimise scientific workflows
* providing second and third level of support in and out of working hours
* maintain and improve the performance of existing software
* develop and implement new versions of software programs in order to satisfy the customers' requirements
* generating knowledge bases from the interpretation outcomes
* work in Scrum/Agile environment
* technical Skills Required
* degree or equivalent experience in computing or a scientific degree involving computing
* good knowledge in Linux configuration and administration
* good knowledge of Python and shell scripting
* experience of using configuration management tools such as Ansible/Chef/Puppet
* experience using version control system (Git, SVN).

Personal Skills and Attributes

* ability to work in a large-scale production IT environment
* excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
* ability to work independently and manage small projects
* analytical thinking and problem solving
* results focused - "owns the problem" and manages through to resolution.

Any other Relevant Information

* taking a routine share in an on-call work system providing out of hours cover.

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 Criteria

Essential:

* degree or equivalent experience in computing or a scientific degree involving computing
* good knowledge in Linux configuration and administration
* good knowledge of Python and shell scripting
* experience of using configuration management tools such as Ansible/Chef/Puppet
* experience using version control system (Git, SVN).

Desirable:

* cloud technologies (Openstack, AWS, Google Cloud)
* HPC technologies (Slurm, Torque, Grid Engine)
* Web technologies (React, Redux, HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
* compiling software on Linux systems
* proficiency in JIRA and Confluence.

Interview Criteria

All of the above, including:

* understanding of software development cycles
* excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team.

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.

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.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

If you would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), are unable to apply online or do not wish to create an account but would still like to apply for a specific role, please contact us by telephone.

If you have not already logged into iRecruitment (including as a current employee) you will be re-directed to the login/register page by clicking the "apply now" button. If you don't have an account with us, by choosing to register you consent to UK SBS processing the information you provide as part of the Recruitment Service. You can select appropriate job alerts and notifications as part of your account preferences, and you are able to close your account (withdraw consent) should you wish to do so. Before starting your online application and inputting your personal details, please read our Privacy Notice which contains full details of how your information is processed once you have made an application.
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