Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249050
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24777 - £26932
Date Posted 02 April 2019
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 April 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 - £26,932 (inclusive of annual allowance and dependent on skills and experience)
Grade: C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th April 2019

About the role

Are you a recent PhD science graduate interested in a career in scientific software development? We are offering exciting new roles within our team where you will receive formal, professional software development training in addition to a wealth of on-the-job training from highly experienced scientific software engineers.

In this accelerated development scheme, you will be interacting with scientists to convert scientific requirements and research objectives into software for achieving these goals. You will be a part of a large, collaborative and globally distributed team of fellow developers helping to solve scientific problems with software.

Who are we?

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science 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 and technology.

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support 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.

About you

You will be a recent PhD graduate in a STEM discipline (not Computing), who is interested in switching careers from research to professional software development.

You will have a strong interest in software development, be a fast learner, have a positive ‘can do’ attitude, be able to communicate effectively with developers and scientists alike, friendly and helpful manner, and a logical, analytical approach to problem solving.

Employee Benefits

  • formal software development training which is funded by the STFC
  • travel to conferences/meetings both domestic and international
  • relocation allowance
  • strong emphasis on work-life balance
  • 30 days annual leave
  • flexible working hours
  • on-site nursery
  • exceptional Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme
  • social and sporting activities and societies
  • subsidised on-site restaurants and cafes
  • excellent public transport links.

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 PhD level in STEM subject (not Computer Science)
  • strong interest in professional software development
  • good written English and communication skills as evidenced by CV and covering letter.


  • experience of using modern Object-Oriented languages like python and C++
  • experience of version control
  • experience of automated testing
  • experience of developing on both Windows and UNIX platforms.

Interview criteria

All shortlisting criteria plus:


  • analytical and logical ability
  • fast learner, able to understand complex problems
  • ability to communicate well both orally and on paper, both formally and informally
  • able to work in a large distributed team
  • interest in professional software development.


  • proven problem solving ability.

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.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Closing date for applications is 28th April 2019. However, we encourage early applications as candidates will be reviewed and interviewed on an on going basis.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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