Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250956
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £36459
Date Posted 10 September 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 13 October 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £36,459 per annum (depending on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: UKRI - Band D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 13th October 2019


About the role

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. ISIS is owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

ISIS produces beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments. It supports a national and international community of more than 3000 visiting scientists per year who use ISIS for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology. ISIS is the world’s most productive spallation neutron and muon source. This role is within the Accelerator Control Systems section of the ISIS facility.

You will be responsible for developing the applications and graphical interfaces of the control system of the ISIS particle accelerators. This will include the software, especially the control screens, used in the permanently staffed control room to operate the accelerators. You will also integrate the control system with external packages, such as those used for diagnostics by physicists studying the machine and by engineers to improve reliability and performance. There will be scope to gain experience in either machine learning development or support for such, with training provided as required.

Supporting ISIS accelerator operations is another important part of this role, including helping to provide periods of out-of-hours support for the control system (after sufficient training and experience).

Day to day activities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Gathering and development work for ISIS accelerator equipment owners:
    • Design, creation and revision of controls screens
    • Design and revision of software interfaces to hardware
    • Adding and editing to configuration of distributed hardware interfaced with controls system
    • Development work on other software, to access the controls systems.
  • Maintenance of logging systems and investigation of anomalies
  • Investigation and solution implementation for controls system software or hardware issues.

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 A level (or equivalent) including math or science
  • experience with software development in a language such as C, C++, C#, Java.


  • BA (Hons) or equivalent in mathematics, science or engineering discipline
  • knowledge and experience of working with Linux systems, particularly in a business environment
  • knowledge and experience of databases
  • knowledge of web application development
  • knowledge/experience in control systems engineering
  • good written communication skills.

Interview Criteria


  • familiarity with software development in a language such as C, C++, C#, Java
  • demonstrable commitment to ongoing learning and professional development
  • strong problem-solving skills and positive approach
  • willingness to work in a radiation environment.


  • knowledge and experience of working with Linux systems, particularly in a business environment
  • knowledge and experience of databases
  • hard science or engineering background
  • experience with interfacing/communication with external hardware
  • knowledge of web application development
  • experience in user interface design
  • willingness to do ‘on-call’
  • ability to work in a team.

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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