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Software Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Oxfordshire, Didcot
£31931 - £44166 per annum
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Software Engineer
RAL Space: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire
Salary: Band D £31,931 - £34,709 to Band E £39,748 - £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills & experience) *
Contract Type: 3 X Open-Ended
Hours: Full-Time or Part-Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

*A Specialist Allowance of up to £3,000 per annum is also available for this role.

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.

Discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform at your very best, whilst working within the UK's National Space Laboratory, with over 50 years' experience in space programmes and significant involvement in over 210 instruments on missions to date. Recent missions include the Lunar and Mars landers along with Earth Observation missions.

You will be designing, developing, solving and testing code for both ground and space based scientific instruments using programming such as ANSI C, Python and C ++ coding, alongside windows or Linux operating systems.

If you are an experienced engineer, you will also have responsibility for Software Project Management and system engineering, including generating quotes and technical submissions to perspective customers, maintaining schedules for software activities and reviewing and approving technical specifications.

The following criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting:

* Degree level or equivalent experience in software engineering.
* Evidence of programming in ANSI C and/or embedded Linux.
* Use of software configuration management tools and defect tracking tools e.g., Git.
* Use of tool chains and debug tools such as GCC
* Use of software standards and programming guideline e.g., ECSS-E-ST-40
* Knowledge of an ISO9000 or other quality management system

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.

STFC values their employees by offering a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days' annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional average salary pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies and a subsidised restaurant.

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 07710 115815.

The closing date for applications is 2nd April 2023.



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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