Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249617
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £30782 - £36459
Date Posted 28 May 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 21 July 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £36,459 per annum (pro-rata for part time hours) depending on experience and inclusive of annual allowance
Grade: UKRI-D
Contract Type: Open-ended
Hours: Full-time/part-time/home working available
Location: Flexible - Daresbury, Cheshire, Didcot, Oxfordshire or will consider home-based
Closing date: 21st July 2019

About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations, the expertise of our computing staff is key to making our research happen. We work with the very latest technologies to drive advances in both hardware and software that have genuine real-world applications.

STFC's ISIS facility is a world-leading source of pulsed neutrons and muons. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About the role

We have new opportunities for enthusiastic software developers offering an excellent opportunity for career development and an exceptional benefits package.

Our teams develop web-based software using a wide range of technologies such as Java EE, C#, Python, PowerShell, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases, ASP.NET, HTML5, CSS3, Jekyll, JavaScript including jQuery and using frontend frameworks, web services (e.g. SOAP/RESTful), SharePoint, Jenkins, Windows and Linux servers and technologies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • using agile tools and techniques to play a full part in all aspects of the software development lifecycle
  • making sound technical decisions to guide our development of web-based tiered systems
  • being involved in DevOps and supporting new and existing systems
  • using tools such as Jenkins to manage the continuous integration and deployment of our solutions
  • using various backend and frontend frameworks, task runners and testing frameworks.

We do our best to use the right tool for the job. This means you get to develop your expertise in a wide range of server and client-side technologies and you will research and make recommendations on what tools or technologies we should use when embarking on a project.


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.

About You

  • you will need to love code!

Shortlisting and interview criteria:


  • you will be able to demonstrate that you have successfully worked on a professional codebase and have a very good understanding of the underlying theory and principles of software engineering
  • you will have worked on enterprise tiered software projects with experience of object-oriented analysis, design and implementation and the software development lifecycle.


  • you may have experience customising content management systems and/or using their APIs to interact with them.

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.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded.

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:

To be considered for this role you will need to complete the technical questions specified.

Please submit a covering letter and CV. Your covering letter must provide answers to the following questions:

  • describe an occasion when you have developed object-oriented code as part of a multitier application and explain some of the techniques, protocols
  • libraries and frameworks you used and why
  • describe a software project you have worked on and the methodology and considerations that you had to take into account at various stages
  • describe a situation where you have tested code and explain any techniques, libraries, frameworks and tools you used
  • describe your previous experience of code repositories and issue tracking systems and explain how many others were interacting with the same repositories and issue tracking systems as you and in what way.

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The closing date for applications is 21st July 2019, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis.