Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249168
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £42576
Date Posted 02 May 2019
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 June 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £42,576 (Dependent on skills and experience)
Grade: RC-D/RC-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (Minimum 30 hours per week)
Closing Date: Monday 3rd June 2019


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.

Software is an essential part of all science at ISIS. The Mantid framework provides a state of the art data treatment and analysis software package for its instruments, and continues to grow to cover the many different scientific areas used at this international facility. Initially developed by ISIS, Mantid is now also a core part of the operation of the SNS facility in the USA, the ESSfacility in Sweden and the ILL facility in France.

The Mantid team requires an additional scientific software developer with strong C++ or transferrable object oriented programming language skills to develop and support further the framework and associated scientific software.

This is an opportunity to join a growing team with significant scope to lead areas of work.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

  • develop core software for the Mantid project (C++ and Python)
  • support the scientists with the existing package and extend it further according to their scientific needs
  • support and improve other related data reduction and analysis software
  • assist in the support and maintenance of the computer tools.

Contacts and Communication

You will be part of the team developing and supporting the Mantid package. As part of their work they will interact with the ISIS scientists. The post will reside within the ISIS Scientific Software group.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • you will have a degree or equivalent experience in a numerate discipline and experience of developing software in a scientific environment
  • experience of developing scientific software using object oriented techniques is essential, preferably in C++ on both Windows and Unix platforms with good knowledge of development tools
  • experience of other programming languages such as Python is also desirable
  • you will have a professional approach, an analytical, logical and quick learning mind, a ‘can do’ attitude and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with fellow developers and scientists alike.

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 (S) and Interview (I) Criteria

Band D


  • Degree in Computing/Software Engineering or a Degree in a STEM area with significant software development experience (S)
  • practical experience using object-oriented programming techniques (S&I)
  • practical experience of working in an agile development team environment (S&I)
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills (S)
  • good knowledge and practical experience of development tools for automated testing, build automation, and version control (S&I)
  • fast learner, problem solving ability (I).


  • practical experience using C++ for software development (I)
  • practical experience using python for software development (I)
  • interest in science (I)
  • experience of development on multiple platforms(Windows, Linux, MacOS) (S&I)
  • experience of GUI development using Qt or OpenGL (S&I).

Band E


(All Band D Essential and Desirable criteria is required for Band E)

  • advanced knowledge of software development using C++ (I)
  • advanced knowledge of software engineering methodology (I)
  • experience employing agile development practices (I)
  • strong leadership potential and/or experience leading a development team (I).


  • postgraduate qualification in Computing or STEM Subject (S)
  • experience developing software in a large science facility (S&I)
  • project management qualification or experience (S&I).

Special Requirements


  • as Mantid is an international development project the role may include occasional UK and overseas travel.

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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