Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246414
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 29 October 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,560 per annum
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended

Hours: Full Time

Closing Date: 18th November 2018

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in 23rd January 2019 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire

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, technology 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. For more information about STFC please watch one of our videos:

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 new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

In the Scientific Computing Department (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 180 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.


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.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview Criteria (I)



  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019 (S)
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • The right to live and work in the UK (S)

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 (S&I)
  • Experience of Linux system management, clouds, PC/server hardware or networking (S&I)
  • Software engineering/development methods (S&I)

Plus at least one of the following:

  • Using scientific computational software (S&I)
  • Managing a small team (S&I)
  • Understanding of IT security (S&I)
  • Managing a project (S&I)
  • Ability to communicate technical information to different audiences (S&I)

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • Creative approach to problem solving  (I)
  • Good organising skills (I)
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (I)
  • Demonstrates a drive and determination to achieve results (I)
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them (I)
  • Good communication skills, able to influence people at all levels (I)
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities (I)

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.

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme.

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.

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 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

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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 ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Closing Date: 18th November 2018

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