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Senior Software Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Scotland, Edinburgh
£39748 - £44166 per annum + Specialist allowance of up to £4000
Closing date
1 Nov 2021

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We are looking to recruit a Senior Software Engineer to join as at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) in Edinburgh. Within this role you will be involved at every stage of the software development lifecycle. As a senior member of the team, you will have many opportunities to innovate, decide the technical direction of your projects and develop new technical solutions.

About this Opportunity:

In this Senior Software Engineer role, you will typically be working on one or two large development projects. The UKATC designs and builds ground and space-based instrumentation for large astronomical observatories around the world. The Software Engineering Group has an excellent reputation for developing bespoke astronomer-facing applications and instrument control software.

Your first project will be the development of software for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). You will be part of an agile software team leading the development of two key software applications for the SKA: the application used by astronomers to design their SKA observations, and the application that subsequently controls the SKA telescopes according to those observation designs.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Designing and implementing software.
  • Developing test suites for the implemented software.
  • Deriving software requirements from use cases.
  • Documentation of designs, from architectural outlines for Conceptual Design Review through to detailed designs for Critical Design Review.
  • Supporting the integration and testing of the SKA software during the construction phase.

About you:

We are looking for someone with a degree, or equivalent, in the physical sciences or computer science and experience in working in a professional software development environment, with good knowledge of modern software development processes. You will have experience in using Python, Javascript/Typescript, C++, or similar OO languages and have excellent problem-solving skills.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering a permanent position that provides a whole host of benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), flexible working, training, an excellent pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance!

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

How to apply:

In your application please provide a CV and a Cover Letter which details your experience in relation to the criteria for this role. Closing Date: 24th October 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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