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Software Developer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, Oxfordshire, England
£31931 - £34709 per annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2022

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Software Developer



Salary: £31,931 to £34,709 (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £3000 per annum is also available for this role.



Contract Type: Open Ended

Hours: Full time or Part time

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, 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. And, alongside world-leading scientists and technologists, shape projects that improve lives, and daily life, 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.

The ISIS department within the Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists to research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals, and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

Software is a vital part of all science at ISIS. The ISIS computing division is a growing area and plays a crucial role in supporting the ISIS facility. It provides all of the software needs for our scientists. The systems Operations group provides web services and applications that are foundational pieces of the software suites used by scientists and users of the ISIS facility.

About the role

We are looking for a software developer to join our team. You will be involved in the full software development lifecycle and will use agile techniques and tools to write high-quality software in a range of server and client-side languages (e.g. Java, C#, React or similar). We provide solutions that enable the scientists and engineers we work with to perform world-class research.

The role is UK based, either at our campus in Oxfordshire, home-based or a hybrid. Starting employment will be conditional on your right to work. Sponsorship may be available if appropriate. Applications will be reviewed as received until the closing date.

About You

You will have a degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area, as well as experience in web and/or object-oriented development and running a production environment. You will show a proactive approach to problem-solving with excellent written and oral skills for effective communication with our customers. This role requires someone with good interpersonal skills who can explain technical concepts to both specialist and non-specialist audiences and who has a strong customer focus. You will have backend development experience and experience with relational databases.

Person Specification

The below criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting and Interview:

  • Experience of developing high-quality software with a good understanding of standard methodologies in software development. (s&i)
  • Experience of deploying to and running a production environment, possibly including DevOps or Kubernetes experience. (s&i)
  • Grasp of relational databases. (s&i)
  • A customer-centric approach with experience in requirements gathering, analysis, and specification. (s&i)
  • Good interpersonal skills, particularly in presenting complex and technical information appropriate to the audience. (s&i)
  • Strong problem-solving abilities. (s&i)

What we can offer you

By choosing to come and work at the STFC, part of UKRI, you will access a number of attractive benefits including:

  • An outstanding index-linked pension scheme,
  • 30 days leave plus 10 public holidays,
  • Flexible working,
  • An onsite subsidised nursery
  • Access to employee shopping/travel discounts
  • Salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme
  • 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.


Closing date 27 November 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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