Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248609
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 06 March 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 April 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £42,576 (dependent on skills and experience)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 19th April 2019

Our salary scales have recently been updated and are reflected on this advert.


About the Hartree Centre

At the Hartree Centre we want to see UK businesses outperform their global competitors. We want to grow the economy, create skilled jobs and train people to excel. We're making all this happen and more by helping UK industry to be at the forefront of technical innovation with the use of the latest Digital, High Performance Computing (HPC), Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. We have a technically exciting computing environment, encompassing a wide range of hardware and software. Our staff are key to our success and we value them highly.

Reasons our staff enjoy working for us

  • our state-of-the-art Sci-Tech Daresbury campus is lively and dynamic, co-locating a number of exiting high-tech SMEs and multi-disciplinary sci-tech collaborations
  • located in a picturesque semi-rural location with easy access to canal-side and woodland walking
  • your personal development is important to us. You will work with your line manager to develop your own Learning and Development plan each year including both technical and ‘soft’ skills
  • flexi-time working is available
  • An excellent benefit pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 26%
  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • high profile collaborations with organisations such as Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy, Dyson, Jaguar Landrover, Bentley, BAR, Unilever, and Schlumberger.

About the Role

We are looking for a talented and experienced software engineers to build Web applications and tools designed to meet our customers’ needs. The role will require software development across the full stack, from front-end Web / user-interfaces to server-side components, and often requires integration with a range of underlying technologies such as Big-Data, HPC, AI and Cloud. The successful candidate will be involved in all stages of the project lifecycle, undertaking requirements gathering and planning, design and implementation and ongoing support. Projects may last for few weeks or a few years and are usually delivered by a small team working closely with an industrial customer. 

Duties include:

  • building, testing and deploying Web applications, tools and services on cloud platform
  • visiting clients and liaising with commercial partners to develop collaborations
  • use case analysis and capturing user and functional requirements
  • creation of high-quality documentation, reports and Web content.

If successful you will join a growing team of world class software developers within the Hartree Centre’s Research Software Engineering team, working closely with the HPC Software Engineering and Data Science groups.

You will work with business development personnel to develop collaborations with industrial partners and public agencies. Some of the work will be commercial in confidence and subject to IPR rules around public disclosure.

You will have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects, so an ability to communicate effectively with scientists, industrial clients and academic colleagues from different backgrounds is essential.

Projects will typically come from our Innovation Return on Research (IROR) programme, which partners with companies across the Chemistry and Materials, Life Sciences and Engineering and Manufacturing sectors and the Bridging4Innovators programme, which uses Hartree technology to improve business productivity; and the Liverpool City Region 4.0 programme, working with small businesses in the local area. The choice of project will depend to on your existing experience and contacts, but the common thread, aligned to the Hartree Centre mission, is to deliver easy-to-use, innovative and scalable solutions that address real industry problems.

About You

You will have a background in software engineering, educated to degree level or equivalent in a computing related discipline. We are looking for candidates with core skills in full stack Web and Enterprise application development. Knowledge and/or experience in HPC, Big Data, AI related areas will be an advantage, but is not essential.

Organisation Description

UK Research and Innovation ( is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. The Science and Technology Facilities Council ( is part of UKRI and is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science and technology organization. The Hartree Centre ( is part of the STFC. Contacts and Communication Further information: more information on benefits:

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


  • educated to degree level or equivalent in a computer related discipline
  • experience building Web applications and/or mobile applications with at least one high-level programming language (e.g. Java, Python, Node.js)
  • experience with data-tier technologies such as RDBMs/SQL and NoSQL
  • excellent written communication skills. 


  • basic knowledge of Linux.

Interview Criteria


  • experience building Web applications and/or mobile applications with at least one high-level programming language (e.g. Java, Python, Node.js)
  • experience with data-tier technologies such as RDBMs/SQL and NoSQL
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • can work as part of a team and independently
  • able to travel in the UK and occasionally abroad
  • software project experience and ability to construct work plans and deliver against them.


  • good customer facing skills and an aptitude for exploring use-cases and capturing user requirements
  • experience of working with commercial partners or within a commercial research environment
  • some experience in one or more of: data analytics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, visualisation.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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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