Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248646
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £41988
Date Posted 01 March 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 14 April 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 - £41,988 (dependent on level of skills and experience)
Grade: D/E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 25 hours per week) considered
Closing Date: 14th April 2019


About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations and a key part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

STFC’s ISIS Neutron and Muon facility is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. ISIS supports a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

The Ada Lovelace Centre (ALC) is an integrated, cross-disciplinary data intensive science centre, for better exploitation of research carried out at large scale National Facilities, which includes ISIS. The Centre has the potential to transform research at the facilities through a multi-disciplinary approach to data processing, computer simulation and data analytics.

About the Role

ISIS is looking to hire a Scientific Software Engineer to work with our instrument scientists and researchers who use ISIS, to help them make the most effective use of ALC hardware and software and help them provide the best computing environment for the analysis of experimental data. 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 ALC platforms, and providing direct support for ISIS users of the ALC

List of Duties/Responsibilities:

  • work with ISIS staff and users to understand their requirements for the ALC compute services and communicate these to the wider ALC team
  • develop software to support the workflows, and the testing of such workflows, as needed by ISIS users
  • review, configure and install scientific software on the ALC platforms as needed.

About You

You will hold a degree in Science or Computing or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will have an interest in science, have experience of supporting/developing software and compiling/testing software.

You will have a professional approach, an analytic, logical and quick learning mind, a ‘can do’ attitude and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with scientists and developers.

To be considered for the higher band you will have experience with DevOps, Python, a compiled language, knowledge of material science and demonstrate ability to manage a project, team or service.


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 and Interview Criteria

The following criteria will be assessed at either shortlisting (S), at interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • degree or equivalent experience in computing or a scientific degree involving computing (S)
  • good written communication skills (S)
  • experience of developing/supporting software (S&I)
  • experience of compiling/testing software (S&I)
  • interest in science (S&I)
  • analytical and logical ability, and persistence in tracking down and solving problems (I)
  • ability to communicate well orally including the ability to explain technical concepts effectively (I)
  • able to work in a team (I)
  • friendly, helpful manner. (I)


  • experience of DevOps tools such as Ansible/Chef/Puppet/Dropbox (S&I)
  • experience of development in Python and a compiled language such as C++ and Java (S&I)
  • knowledge of material science or neutron scattering (S&I)
  • PhD in physics, materials science, or a related area (S)
  • experience of compiling software on Linux distributions (S&I)
  • knowledge of best software engineering practices. (I)

To be considered for the Band E role, candidates should have the above criteria plus the following:


  • experience of using DevOps tools such as Ansible/Chef/Puppet/Docker (S&I)
  • experience of development in Python and a compiled language such as C++ and Java (S&I)
  • knowledge of material science or neutron scattering (S&I)
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English including the ability to explain technical concepts effectively (S&I)
  • ability to manage a team, project or service. (I)


  • experience of project or service management (I)
  • experience of leading a team. (I)


Occasional UK and overseas travel may be required and this role maybe required to form part of a wider ALC/ISIS on-call rota to support the data analysis production systems.

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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