Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251974
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 21 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 20 December 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £42,576 (dependent on skills and experience an annual allowance may be available)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 20th December 2019


About the role

A vacancy exists for a Software Engineer in the Nuclear Physics Group (NPG) which sits within Technology Department at STFC Daresbury Laboratory. The NPG takes a leading role in a number of major international collaborations and co-ordinates and supports the experimental research activities of the UK nuclear physics community, providing expertise in computing, electronics, mechanical engineering, physics, project management and technical support.

Working closely within a multi-disciplinary engineering team in the NPG you will be responsible for specifying and delivering software engineering solutions and support for a variety of the nuclear physics projects supported by STFC.

We are looking for an expert in specifying and delivering scientific DAQ systems using high speed Ethernet networking. In addition to the real time programming skills required for high speed data readout you will also have the ability to produce web-based GUIs for front end electronics. As well as the data acquisition skills, you will have the ability to undertake system administration tasks for both Windows and Linux computer systems.

You will interact regularly with the UK nuclear physics community and their overseas collaborators, in order to understand their requirements in the context of the complex scientific equipment used for their research. These requirements must be converted to detailed specifications before designing, coding, commissioning and supporting the real time software systems used by modern nuclear physics apparatus for data acquisition, control and monitoring.

You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills to work with a range of colleagues and stakeholders both in UK and overseas including: Nuclear Physicists, Engineers (Mechanical, Electrical and Software) and procurement/contracts staff. 

Travel in the UK and overseas will be required.

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 1st degree level in Physics, Computer Science or a relevant technical subject, alternatively equivalent experience with verification by a professional body e.g. chartered status
  • Experience of real time and embedded systems programming (preferably real time Linux)
  • System administrator experience for both desktop and server systems, based on Windows or Linux
  • Experience of writing and designing graphical user interfaces for control, monitoring or data acquisition
  • Working knowledge of C, C++, HTML, TCL, XML/SOAP (This will also be scored at Interview)
  • Understanding and knowledge of computer/processor architectures (This will also be scored at Interview)
  • A well written CV and cover letter.


  • A working knowledge of PHP, Java, Javascript, CSS, and experience of web service
  • Experience of working in international collaborations
  • Experience of project management. (This will also be scored at Interview)

Interview Criteria


  • Demonstrate competence in real time and embedded systems programming
  • Demonstrate competence in identifying user requirements in the context of complex systems and developing comprehensive specifications
  • Demonstrate competence in writing and designing graphical user interfaces for control, monitoring or data acquisition
  • Good communication and presentation skills with ability to communicate and interact with scientific, technical and engineering staff
  • Organisation skills, time management and a flexible approach to changes in the work of programme
  • Able to travel in UK and overseas.


  • Knowledge of nuclear physics experimental equipment and instrumentation
  • Knowledge of modern electronics instrumentation systems using digitisers, FPGAs and time shaping
  • Experience in real time Linux
  • Working knowledge of any of the following languages: German, French, Italian, Finnish
  • Demonstrate competence in project management.


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:

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