Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC247318
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 02 November 2018
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 06 January 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357- £32,997 per annum plus potential for additional allowance
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time or Part-time (minimum of 30 hours per week)
Closing Date: 6th January 2019

About us

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.

The Ada Lovelace Centre (ALC) is an integrated, cross-disciplinary data intensive science centre, for better exploitation of research carried out at our large scale National Facilities including the Diamond Light Source (DLS), the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility, the Central Laser Facility (CLF) and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). The Centre has the potential to transform research at the facilities through a multi-disciplinary approach to data processing, computer simulation and data analytics. It will provide computing hardware, build software and provide computational and data analytics expertise that will spark a paradigm shift in the capability of scientists to design, analyse and interpret experiments.

About the role

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility is looking to hire a Scientific DevOps Engineer to work with our instrument scientists and users, to help them make the most effective use of ALC hardware and software. This will include interacting with ISIS staff scientists and users to understand their requirements and workflows, working with the ALC team to ensure the ALC hardware and software meets these requirements, developing and porting code to run effectively on the DAaaS platform, and providing direct support for ISIS users of the ALC.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities:

  • provide user facing support for ISIS users of the ALC platform
  • work with ISIS staff and users to understand their requirements for the ALC compute services and communicate these to the wider ALC team
  • install scientific software on the ALC platforms, including managing Ansible images
  • import and compile scientific software on the ALC platforms
  • develop software to support the workflows needed by ISIS users.

Technical Skills Required:

  • experience compiling scientific codes on different platforms/distributions
  • a good understanding of devops practices and tools
  • understanding of configuration management tools such as Ansible
  • good knowledge of Python and ideally a compiled language such as C++ or Java
  • ability to support users of computing systems, responding to problems and developing solutions as required in a timely manner
  • strong problem solving and analysis skills.

Personal skills and Attributes:

  • good communication skills both verbal and written
  • the ability to work well as a team member.

Any other Relevant Information:

  • occasional UK and Overseas travel may be required
  • may be required to form part of an on-call rota.

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


  • degree in a technical subject (Computing or a relevant science area)
  • experience developing or compiling scientific codes on a range of platforms/Linux distributions
  • solid understanding or experience of development operations practices and tools
  • experience using configuration management tools or containers such as Ansible or Docker
  • good knowledge of Python
  • good written communication skills, as evidenced by a covering letter and CV.


  • experience of Linux system administration
  • good knowledge of a compiled object-oriented language such as Java or C++
  • experience developing user interfaces – either web or desktop
  • experience with Javascript and JavaScript frameworks.

Interview Criteria


All shortlisting criteria plus:

  • excellent problem solving skills
  • good verbal communication skills
  • good presentation skills.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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The closing date for applications is 6th January 2019.