STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246681
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 07 September 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £26,560
Grade: UKRI-STFC Band C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 2018

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2018 or 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. To find out more about STFC please see one of our videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlxetSlMSDoZoEOG0M9G4g

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.

We are looking for graduates to support the development of new software in the ISIS Instrumentation Division.

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source (www.isis.stfc.ac.uk) is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It supports a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology. It is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

Summary of Key Duties

We need graduates to support us in the development of new software and systems for:

  • managing our user and experiment programme (mainly web development)
  • scientific data location, analysis, simulation and visualisation
  • experiment control (e.g. motion control) and data acquisition.

Your role will be based on your interests and strengths, so you do not need to know about all these areas!

As part of a team you will be involved in all stages of the software development lifecycle, from requirements capture through modelling, coding, testing, deployment and running high quality production services. You will get to work in a range of teams and projects including Agile/Scrum and DevOps teams. You will be given real responsibility and ownership.

Responsibilities

You will be expected to:

  • communicate and work with fellow software engineers, customers, scientists, engineers, and management including writing documentation for technical and non-technical users
  • design solutions making use of appropriate techniques and tools
  • write clear, well-structured code that implements the design and is easy to maintain
  • test and deploy your solutions, including helping to provide support after release
  • take an active role in both technical and non-technical meetings
  • participate in the wider department and STFC graduate training programme.

Once you are settled in, you will also be expected to:

  • lead work packages and projects through to completion
  • help colleagues with less experience get up to speed
  • supervise/mentor junior colleagues.

Training will be provided as necessary. In addition to a full induction and “on the job” training, you will have the opportunity to subscribe to professional online tutorial sites, attend conferences, attend technical courses, undertake various soft skills training and take part in our organisation-wide Early Careers conference, where you can network with other graduates and colleagues at the start of their career.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

As a starting point we expect you to have:

  • a strong academic background and be on track to gain a First or 2:1 in computer science, software engineering or any other scientific/engineering degree
  • experience of developing software with significant exposure to object oriented programming and with a good knowledge of development tools
  • a professional approach with a “can do” attitude.

We also expect you to be able to:

  • work with others on projects and solve problems of varying complexity together
  • approach your work positively, with an open mind and be organised
  • demonstrate a systematic and analytical approach to problem solving
  • write and speak clearly in a way that is suitable for your audience
  • take initiative and work effectively with limited supervision at times.

If you have the experience, knowledge, and skills that we are looking for then we want to hear from you. We would also like to know what specific areas of software development interest you or you have experience in.

For some specialisms (e.g. web software) knowledge of web services or relational database design would be advantageous.

Please see Job Requirements for our shortlisting criteria. Please note that in addition to uploading your CV and a cover letter you should complete and upload an


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 www.ukri.org.

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 (I) Criteria

Qualifications

Essential:        

  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters (not doctorate) in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019 (S)
  • the right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above for an honors degree in computer science, software engineering or any other scientific/engineering degree (S
  • complete this online programming test: https://www.interviewzen.com/apply/bqXrFT (S)

Desirable:

  • a membership of an appropriate professional institution and degree that meets educational requirements for chartered status with appropriate professional institution (S&I)
  • a minimum of three A-levels at grade C or above (or equivalent e.g. BTEC/ international examinations) (S)
  • a good A Level (or equivalent) grade in mathematics or strongly mathematical subject. (S)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:

One of, but not necessarily all, of the following attributes:

  • experience of object oriented software development in Java, C#, C++, Python or similar  (S&I)
  • experience writing scientific computational software  (S&I).

Desirable:

  • knowledge of software development tools, methodologies and best practices (S&I)
  • knowledge of relational database design and SQL (S&I)
  • experience in software development on both Windows and UNIX platforms (S&I).

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes

Essential:

  • good communication skills and the ability to influence people at all levels (I)
  • demonstrate good verbal communication skills (I)
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities (I)
  • give detail of an example of when you have worked in a team (S&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

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role. Please note that in addition to uploading your CV and a cover letter you should complete and upload:

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.

 

Closing Date: 28th October 2018

 

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/careers/graduates/

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