Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242501
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £18946 - £18946
Date Posted 25 August 2017
Grade RC-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £18,946
Grade: RC-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term for 1 year
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30th October 2017
Interview Date: 28th and 29th November 2017

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science 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 technology.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate sandwich students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It is owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. ISIS produces beams of neutrons and muons to study materials at the atomic level using a modern suite of neutron and muon instrumentation. It supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering, and biology. Computing lies at the heart of many ISIS activities, from user office management, experiment planning, data acquisition through to data analysis and management.

To support the analysis of ISIS data, a range of software and systems must be developed and maintained including data cataloguing, large scale storage systems, automated data analysis pipelines. The technologies used for this include Java, C#, Ceph, web services, JSON, virtualisation as well as enterprise databases such as Oracle and MySQL, applications servers such as IIS and Glassfish, enterprise technologies such as ActiveMQ, and a wide range of Linux and Windows technologies.


This placement will involve the specification, design, programming, testing, deployment and documentation of software solutions to meet the data management and processing needs of the facility and scientists.


You should be studying computer science, software engineering or any other IT related discipline, combined with significant exposure to software development. Experience of object oriented software development in Java, C# or a similar language, and knowledge of relational database design and SQL are essential.

The placement will be in the Software Engineering group of the Scientific Computing department, and will involve contact with developers and project managers in Scientific Computing, as well as ISIS scientists and users.

For further information about the position, please contact



  • studying for a degree in computer science, software engineering or a strongly related subject
  • right to live and work in the UK.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • excellent knowledge of a modern, object-oriented language such as Java, C#
  • good knowledge of relational databases and SQL
  • good knowledge of software development methodologies
  • good knowledge of software design patterns and techniques.


  • good knowledge of scripting languages such as Python
  • good knowledge of version control systems such as git or svn
  • good knowledge of web development technologies or frameworks
  • good knowledge of Linux.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

From April 2018, STFC will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The aim is to create a system that maximises the contribution of each of the component parts and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation agency in the world. More information can be found online here.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload the completed form and a covering letter to support your application. Please save all your documents with the IRC reference number in the filename and your name.

STFC Sandwich Student Application Form

You must be on a sandwich degree and be taking the industrial placement as a recognised sandwich year to be eligible. You must also have the right to work in the UK. Please ensure that you include a reference from your University as part of your application form.

You can apply for up to three Sandwich student placements; this will require you to complete ONE application form however please ensure that you upload the application form to all three placements and save the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) in the filename of each application that you upload.

Closing date: 30th October 2017
Interview/assessment date: 28th – 29th November 2017

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.  At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: