STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC255369
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38969 - £47300
Date Posted 02 October 2020
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 November 2020
Interview Date 17 November 2020




Brief Description


Salary: £38,969 - £47,300 (dependent on experience and inclusive of an annual role-based allowance)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 4th November
Interview Date: 17th November

JASMIN (http://jasmin.ac.uk) is a globally unique facility for data-intensive computing for the environmental sciences. It supports a vibrant and dynamic community of researchers in the UK and internationally. Applications range from climate change and oceanography to air pollution, earthquake deformation and analysis of wildlife populations. Tens of petabytes of disk storage are combined with several types of compute resource: managed interactive and batch compute for building and executing large workflows, and an on-premise cloud providing projects and communities a set of service components with which to build and manage their own computing needs. Architected jointly between STFC's Scientific Computing Department and the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis within RAL Space, it is operated and supported by a small but innovative team with expertise in computer science, research software engineering and environmental informatics.

An opportunity has arisen to join the JASMIN team to develop new software to integrate management of data between a tape system and other storage media in JASMIN including high performance file systems and object storage. The system will exploit and extend existing software libraries developed specifically for the environmental science community and will interface with a tape management system.  This new system will be accessible to users via command line interfaces, Jupyter notebooks, and other web-based interfaces. It will support asynchronous data migration between storage and provide catalogues of what data is held where.

You will be responsible for the full planning and execution of the work including the gathering of requirements, the design and implementation of the software system, and the development and execution of a comprehensive plan of testing against an operational environment. The role requires a pro-active approach producing high-quality, innovative technical work to develop a robust system to a strict timeline. You will report to a member of the CEDA development team and will be required to work closely with colleagues in CEDA, the Scientific Computing Department and external stakeholders. The post is for a fixed two-year term.


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 www.ukri.org.

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

Essential

  • Bachelors degree in computer science, engineering or another numerate subject or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of proven software development experience
  • Experienced in Python programming for Linux platform.

Desirable

  • Experience of scientific computing environments, for example any exposure to scientific data formats such as HDF (https://www.hdfgroup.org/) and netCDF (https://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf/)
  • Modern open-source software development practices and associated development tools (e.g. Git distributed version control system, continuous integration)
  • Experienced working independently to strict deadlines
  • Experience of Agile software development methodologies
  • Experience of development and testing for software for robust, operationally sensitive environments
  • Experience working programmatically with data transport interfaces (e.g. scripting FTP or tape systems)
  • Experienced team worker.

Interview Criteria

Essential

  • Evidence of proven software development experience
  • Experienced in Python programming for Linux platform.

Desirable

  • Experience of scientific computing environments, for example any exposure to scientific data formats such as HDF (https://www.hdfgroup.org/) and netCDF (https://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf/)
  • Modern open-source software development practices and associated development tools (e.g. Git distributed version control system, continuous integration)
  • Experienced working independently to strict deadlines
  • Experience of Agile software development methodologies
  • Experience of development and testing for software for robust, operationally sensitive environments
  • Experience working programmatically with data transport interfaces (e.g. scripting FTP or tape systems)
  • Experienced team worker.

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.

Polaris House is located next to Swindon Train Station and has excellent public transport links. Limited parking subject to waiting list.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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.

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