Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246517
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 29 October 2018
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 November 2018
Interview Date 12 December 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £26560
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 18th November 2018

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.

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.

The Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA, is looking for a Graduate Software Developer to join a team providing data and computing services to researchers working in the environmental sciences in the UK and the wider international community.   CEDA holds over 6 Petabytes of climate and environmental data hosted on JASMIN ( a globally unique, data intensive analysis and computing infrastructure.   JASMIN enables scientists to bring their processing to the data because many datasets, particularly climate model and satellite imagery, are too big to be easily shipped around or downloaded to their own computers for analysis.  

CEDA and JASMIN are funded to support the research community by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and in particular, two of its research centres, NCAS (National Centre for Atmospheric Science) and NCEO (National Centre for Earth Observation). The data includes satellite-based earth observation imagery, in-situ atmospheric measurements, climate model simulations generated from supercomputers and climate-related reanalysis data products.  We work in a range of collaborative projects with organisations including the Met Office, the European Space Agency, and NASA developing software and systems to facilitate access to, and analysis of these data.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

Your role will involve the development of software to enable users to more easily search, analyse and access this data.  This will include development of web applications and web services and the application of new solutions to service hosting and data management including Elasticsearch, Docker and Kubernetes.  As well as development tasks there may be opportunities for travel and present software and solutions, developed at CEDA, at relevant conferences in the UK and abroad.

Your tasks will include:

  • supporting the scientific community by developing tools
  • working with stakeholders to gather requirements
  • building web applications using Python, Django, HTML, CSS and JavaScript for Linux platform
  • deploying applications in the JASMIN cloud computing system

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 Criteria and Interview Criteria


• expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above for degree in Computer Science or Engineering, or another Scientific discipline with a strong mathematical component.

• the right to live and work in the UK

• degree in Computer Science or Engineering, or another Scientific discipline with a strong mathematical component.

• strong written and oral communication skills

• an effective team player capable of working with staff at all levels

• ability to work independently



• Computing skills, including exposure to LINUX/UNIX operating systems

• Knowledge of Python programming

• Web application frameworks e.g. Django

• Experience with version control systems e.g. Git

• Experience working with HTML, CSS and JavaScript

• Enthusiasm for developing software solutions to support climate and environmental science

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

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

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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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