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Software Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Oxfordshire, Didcot
£25702 - £34709 per annum
Closing date
4 Sep 2022

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Software Engineer
Salary: £25,702 - £27,938 or £31,931 - £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £3,000 per annum is also available for this role.
Contract Type: Permanent Position
Hours: Full time
Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

Come and do the kind of engineering that made you want to be an engineer. Stretch your technical skills while building human understanding. Promote sustainability and create new materials. Alongside world-leading scientists and technologists, shape projects that improve lives in the UK and far beyond.

Put simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.

Are you someone who enjoys writing software applications to interact with hardware, either professionally or as a hobby? Discover the science your skills can enable by bringing your software engineering experience to our Central Laser Facility. The facility 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 pioneering laser technology.

As a Software Engineer at this facility, depending on your experience, your duties will include:

  • * Contributing to the design and development of hardware control systems.
  • * Capturing requirements, software design, development, testing and documentation.
  • * Working closely with scientists, electrical and mechanical engineers, and technicians to deliver a platform for world-class research.

We are looking for someone with:

  • * A degree in a STEM subject or equivalent knowledge and experience.
  • * Experience of developing well-designed, robust software in languages used in scientific or engineering applications (particularly C, C++, C#, Python).
  • * Demonstrable experience of software development across all lifecycle activities and applying good development practices.

What we offer

We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:

  • * 30 days holiday annually (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days).
  • * Flexible working hours.
  • * An excellent defined average salary pension scheme.
  • * Employee shopping/travel discounts.
  • * Excellent learning and development opportunities.
  • * Visa Sponsorship for candidates applying outside of the UK.

Plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance!

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.

For full details on the role, please visit our careers site

Please submit an application including your CV and a Cover Letter that clearly showcases how your skills and experience align to the requirements of the role. If you experience any difficulties with applying online, please contact us on or call us on 07842 034 698.

Closing Date: 4th September 2022


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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