STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242590
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26297 - £26297
Date Posted 31 August 2017
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2017
Interview Date



Salary: £26,297
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date 1: 30th October 2017
Assessment Centre Date 1: 12th & 13th December 2017

Background

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.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a whole new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

In the Scientific Computing Department (SCD) (www.stfc.ac.uk/SCD), we research, develop and support leading edge scientific software and high-performance computational and data storage infrastructures to perform and support world class science. We have over 160 research software engineers, computational scientists and systems management staff who provide projects and services to make a real difference to the scientific communities we support.  We help those communities to store and transfer research data from small to large scale and provide software to analyse, simulate, visualise and locate research data.


Summary of Key Duties
Graduates work on real life projects and services to help SCD in the development of new research data management systems, scientific software, compute, cloud and ‘Big Data’ services for the scientific communities supported by STFC.

Working in a series of teams through the first two years you will be able to develop your expertise in:

  • software engineering  and scientific software development
  • Linux, cloud and high performance computing  systems management and hardware
  • data storage and management of large complex scientific datasets
  • Project Management
  • working with scientists to deliver to their requirements.

You will get to work in a range of teams and projects over the whole software development lifecycle from project inception to running high quality production services, using best practice tools, techniques and working practices. 

We use a large range of technologies and training is offered to ensure you have the right skills for the work. These include: Programming (e.g. Java, C, C++, Python), operating systems and virtualisation (e.g. Red Hat Linux, VMware, VCloud, OpenStack), data storage (e.g. CEPH Oracle, MySQL), High-performance computing (Infiniband, MPI, OpenMP, NVIDIA GPGPU) and many more.

Responsibilities

Within SCD you will undertake four 6 month projects covering a wide range of activities providing real-life solutions which will be used beyond the end of the project. You will work in a team and will be responsible for the technical development and outcomes of your project.

As you develop more skills and abilities, then the level of responsibility for delivery will increase.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

At least one of the desirables listed below. These may have been gained as part of a final year project.

  • programming experience, preferably in one or more of Java, C, Fortran, C++ and Python, although other programming languages are acceptable
  • experience of Linux system management, clouds, PC/server hardware or networking
  • software engineering/development methods.

Plus at least one of the following:

  • using scientific computational software 
  • managing a small team 
  • understanding of IT security
  • managing a project
  • ability to communicate technical information to different audiences.

Qualifications

Essential:          
 

  • obtained a first degree bachelors or masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expected to or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • at least one of the desirables listed below. These may have been gained as part of a final year project.


Desirable:

  • programming experience, preferably in one or more of Java, C, Fortran, C++, , and Python, although other programming languages are acceptable
  • experience of Linux system management, clouds, PC/server hardware or networking
  • software engineering/development methods
  • Plus at least one of the following:
    • using scientific computational software 
    • managing a small team 
    • understanding of IT security
    • managing a project
    • ability to communicate technical information to different audiences.


Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes

Essential:

  • good communication skills, able to influence people at all levels
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities.

STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by the; Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the British Computer Society. You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators.

We offer 30 days leave allowance, plus 10.5 public and privilege holidays. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s Career Pages.

Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered. Providing you perform well and make good progress with your training plans, you will be promoted after two years with us, receiving a significant salary increase.

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.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expect to or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Rolling Closing Date 1: 30th October 2017

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit our Graduate Page.