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Research Software Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Oxfordshire, Didcot, England
£31931.0 - £44166.0 per annum
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Research Software Engineer / Senior Research Software Engineer
Salary Band D £31,931 - £34,709, Band E £39,748 - £44,166
Hours: Full time.
Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance
Contract Type: Open Ended.
Location: STFC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 7th February 2023


At STFC, 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.


Come and do the kind of computing that got you into technology in the first place. Work with cutting-edge tech and world-leading scientists and engineers. And harness the power of some of the country's most advances supercomputers to tackle work that improves 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 Scientific Computing Department (SCD) provides large-scale computing facilities, computing data services and infrastructure at both Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. Made up of data infrastructure, and scientific computing and computation groups, the expertise and intelligence SCD provides UKRI, underpins almost every key calculation across the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and beyond.


We are currently recruiting 4 Research Software Engineers to join a team of experts to provide advanced computing for leading-edge science alongside developing and operating a wide variety of Digital Research Infrastructures. The posts may be at senior position depending on the experience of the candidate.


About the Role
In this forward-thinking role, you'll work in cross-project teams developing tools and services for advanced systems. You'll be collaborating with our service users as they research into some of the toughest questions facing the world today, such as discovering new materials to help reduce waste, or exploring how we might change our cities to tackle climate change


You'll be gaining deep, hands-on expertise with the latest cloud-native tools, practices and data management technologies, building novel data and modelling platforms, and be part of a team who are creating tangible, positive change for generations to come.


Band D essential skills:


  • Experience working with modern programming languages, for example Python, Javascript, JavaExperience of working within an agile software development processExperience of Software Engineering tools, methods and processes.Experience with working with external users for requirements capture and systems supportWorking within a Linux environment

Band E essential skills all of the above, plus:


  • Experience in software systems designExperience in leading development on system components.

Employee Benefits:


  • We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:30 days holiday (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.

We are committed to sustaining 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.


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.




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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