STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242707
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30056 - £45572
Date Posted 13 September 2017
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 15 October 2017
Interview Date



Salary: £30,056 - £45,572 (inclusive of RRA)
Grade: RC-D or RC-E
Dependent on skills and experience relevant to the role appointment will be made at band D or E
Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 31st December 2020)
Hours: Full time or part-time arrangements will be considered
Closing Date: 15th October 2017

Background

The UK Collaboratorium on Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC – www.ukcric.com) has been established to enable the UK to develop a world class national infrastructure research capability to inform the UK’s infrastructure development agenda. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of the seven research councils in the UK with world-renown track records in building, delivering and operating large science facilities is a delivery partner for the Data Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI) one of the three strands of UKCRIC with an investment of £8M.

DAFNI is led by the University of Oxford and is governed by eleven leading research universities and STFC. Throughout the programme we will work extensively with the DAFNI community, a broad network of collaborators and stakeholders from DAFNI and UKCRIC partnering institutions, leading consultancy firms and government agencies nationally and internationally.

The aim of DAFNI is to provide new data intensive hardware and software platform to accelerate significant new advances in infrastructure system modelling research. DAFNI is the first of its kind in the UK and globally dedicating to complex infrastructure systems research using advanced computational techniques.

The core of DAFNI will be located at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory an STFC operated national laboratory based in Oxfordshire, with satellite capabilities at the Universities. DAFNI is a 4-year facility construction project with the aim to deliver a production ready and mature software and hardware platform for the DAFNI community.

The purpose of this role is to contribute to DAFNI software platform design, engineering and piloting initiatives to accommodate the migration of a large portfolio of existing DAFNI use cases and enable new ones on the platform.

About the role

This is a full-stack software engineering role that will involve in all phases of DAFNI construction from software requirement gathering, design, implementation, to validation. This project uses agile software development, testing and deployment methodologies to encourage agile response to change and request. It also uses data-driven approach to evaluate and validate the entire software engineering processes, from requirement, design through to software development, testing and deployment, to user and community engagement.

The role will reside within the Visual Analytics and Imaging Systems (VAIS) group, Scientific Computing Department of STFC. However, it will involve extensive working within the department across several groups involved in DAFNI and with partnering institutions and organisations.

The Scientific Computing Department

The Scientific Computing Department has approximately 160 strong members of staff developing and running large scale data management and computational infrastructure and high performance computing facilities for UK’s science communities. We have a strong culture encouraging staff to take up training and development opportunities, including attending and/or speaking at leading conferences for developers, research software engineers and community conferences. These events offer our staff valuable opportunities to learn about the latest trends and to master the best practice in the field.

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary science research organisations, the expertise of our computing staff is key to making our research world leading. This is a place where we give you the flexibility, the opportunity and the world-class networks and environment to flourish and play your part in breakthroughs and achievements that will not only give you lifelong pride, but also make a lasting difference to the world we are living in.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

  • to support data/model hosting, migration and co-development activities
  • to lead the development of at least one key section of the platform, e.g. data or system model integration, data ingest and data/model inventory, real-time stream/batch processing, platform API, data analytics, visualisation (essential for Band E)
  • to develop technical documentation, dissemination materials, e.g. papers, presentations (essential for Band E)
  • to lead, develop and manage a small technical team (essential for Band E).

Contacts and Communication

  • work effectively with STFC DAFNI technical team
  • contribute to project events, conferences required by the project leadership team
  • coordinate and lead technical meetings (essential for Band E)
  • effective collaboration with staff internally and externally (essential for Band E).

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • fast and keen learner, able to understand complex problems
  • a ‘can do’ attitude and team work spirit
  • ability to manage complex situations with confidence and little supervision (essential for Band E)
  • effective team and people management skills (essential for Band E).

Any other Relevant Information

  • available to travel in the UK and overseas for meetings and events as required.

Shortlisting Criteria

Qualifications

Essential:

  • undergraduate degree in science and engineering subjects or relevant experience in computing.
     

Desirable:

  • master or PhD in computing, informatics, geospatial/spatial data analysis, environmental science.

 Knowledge and Experience

Essential:

  • experience of involving in a variety of software engineering processes
  • experience of a variety of modern programming languages, e.g. Python, Java, C++, C#
  • experience of contributing to a collaborative software development project (essential for Band E).

Desirable:

We are looking for up to 4 software engineers with a range of expertise. It is anticipated that that you’ll have expertise or outstanding track records in 2 of the following:

  • data modelling, experience of using relational database, NoSQL or graph database
  • distributed or real-time processing, e.g. Hadoop, Spark, Dask
  • data visualisation libraries in e.g. Python, R, or Javascript (e.g. D3)
  • front end web development (HTML5, CSS, Javascript)
  • machine learning libraries, e.g. scikit-learn, Tensor Flow
  • expertise in developing enterprise scale RESTful web services
  • experience in developing cloud-basedapplications in e.g. Amazon, Azure
  • automated testing, continuous integration (Jenkins, Travis or similar)
  • good technical communication skills, e.g. technical reports, presentation or papers (essential for Band E)
  • experience of managing a software development team (essential for Band E).

Interview Criteria (in addition to shortlisting criteria)

Essential:

  • good technical communication skills (verbal or presentation)
  • a ‘can do’attitude and team work spirit
  • friendly, helpful and approachable manner
  • persistence in tracking down and solving problems
  • fast and keen learner, able to understand complex problems
  • experience of working in multidisciplinary or cross-functional teams (essential for Band E).

Desirable:

  • experience of working in a research/science environment 
  • a keen interest to writing and communication
  • software project management experience (essential for Band E).

Special Requirements

Essential:

  • available for occasional UK and overseas travel.

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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y

An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an on site nursery, subsidised restaurant, a gym and sports facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable. Full details of offered benefits can be found via STFC’s dedicated career page (http://www.stfc.ac.uk/about-us/work-with-us/).

We will provide you with a generous professional development and training budget.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Your cover letter should explain how you meet the shortlisting criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 15th October 2017; however applications will be reviewed and considered on an on going basis until the vacancy is filled.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.