Software Engineer

Software Engineer

Reference: IRC255563

Salary: £31,305 to £37,028 (Inclusive of role-based allowances)

Band: UKRI D

Contract Type: Open-Ended

Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 25 hours per week)

About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations, the expertise of our computing staff is key to making our research happen. Consequently, we are committed to developing our staff, and training will be provided in relevant areas. 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, compute and data storage infrastructures, to support the work of world class science both within STFC and internationally.

About the Role

We now have new opportunities for passionate software engineers in SCD (), offering an excellent opportunity for career development and an exceptional benefits package.

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 Python, React, SQL, C, RESTful web services, Linux and OpenStack.

In this role as a Software Engineer you will:

  • Use agile tools and techniques to play a full part in all aspects of the software development lifecycle
  • Propose sound solutions that consider both technical and human factors to guide our development of software systems
  • Be involved in supporting new and existing systems
  • Use state-of-the-art tools to deploy and configure our solutions.

We do our best to use the right tool for the job. This means you get to 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.

About You


  • Expertise with software development using Python, JavaScript, or similar
  • Expertise of software engineering best practice
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desirable (at least two of these):

  • Experience of whole stack software projects
  • Experience building front end web applications using HTML/CSS, JavaScript, JavaScript frameworks
  • Knowledge of and exposure to software management tools and automation techniques, e.g. Git, Ansible
  • Degree in a technical subject or relevant experience
  • Experience of working in a collaborative development environment
  • Experience with (RESTful) services, and APIs
  • Good planning and time management skills.

Other relevant information

As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a working environment and benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. For this opportunity, we welcome applications on a full-time, part-time (minimum 25 hours) or term-time only basis and we also offer a flexible working scheme. Further benefits include 30 days' (pro rata) annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. STFC is an open and inclusive work environment, committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

Successful candidates may be required to undertake occasional UK and Overseas travel and to take a routine share in an on-call work system providing out of hours cover (allowance and overtime payments provided).

How to Apply

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Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

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The closing date for applications is 29th November 2020. However, we encourage early applications as candidates may be interviewed before this date.

. Date posted: 02/11/2020
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