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DevOps Senior Engineer/Team Leader

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
STFC Didcot
£38,969 to £43,300 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)
Closing date
14 Mar 2021

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DevOps Senior Engineer/Team Leader

STFC, Didcot

£38,969 to £43,300 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)

Full Time

Open Ended


We are now seeking a Team Leader to join the DevOps team within the ISIS Systems Operations Group. You’ll lead and manage a small team who will be responsible for creating and improving existing DevOps solutions across all software development teams in ISIS.  

You will work with a range of internal ISIS customers, from software developers to instrument scientists, to help develop DevOps pipelines that range from supporting multi-developer, large enterprise applications to single developer programs written to help ISIS perform their scientific research. You will be responsible for harmonising the approaches to DevOps across the department.  

You will be expected to use agile tools and techniques to play a full part in all aspects of the DevOps lifecycle and take the lead as appropriate. You will need to be able to make sound technical decisions based on a broad experience to guide our DevOps approach. You will be expected to implement Continuous Integration /Continue Delivery pipelines as part of this approach. 

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the DevOps team, line managing the team members and provide technical leadership in our DevOps approach
  • Support other team leaders and provide cover as appropriate
  • Identify and/or provide training to individuals and groups of end-users and team/group members
  • Work with your group leader to manage your personal and professional development as well as that of your team
  • Take an active role in both technical and non-technical meetings 
  • Liaise with other departments which represent dependencies for the teams’ systems coordinating maintenance periods and downtimes to maximize system availability for ISIS.

Personal Skills and Attributes  

You will have demonstrable experience of working as a DevOps engineer, or as a software engineer with a DevOps focus. You will be able to demonstrate working with at least some of the following technologies in your DevOps role; continuous integration technologies, configuration management, containers & virtualisation, cloud computing, bring your own device (BYOD), Windows (Server), Linux, cybersecurity. Ideally, you will also have knowledge of network design, software-defined networking, and the internet of things (IoT).

You will be able to demonstrate line management and technical leadership skills. You will have a professional approach, and an analytical, logical and quick learning mind, able to communicate clearly with technical and non-technical colleagues alike, both verbally and written.   

You will need to be highly motivated to develop and maintain operational systems focused on responding to the needs of users.   

Training will be provided as necessary. In addition to a full induction and “on the job” training, you will have the opportunity to subscribe to professional online tutorial sites, attend conferences, attend technical courses and undertake various soft skills training. 

About STFC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

What we offer

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

The closing date for applications is 14th March 2021.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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