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    Graduate Software Engineer/Developer at Science & Technology Facilities Council (Didcot, UK)
    Science & Technology Facilities Council Employer
    Didcot, UK
    Job Type
    Job Location
    Full Time
    Didcot, UK

    Job Description:

    Graduate Software Engineer/Developer

    Salary: £26,560
    Grade: UKRI-C
    Contract Type: Open-Ended
    Hours: Full Time
    Closing Date: 24th March 2019

    About Us

    The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We are trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we are driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. To find out more about STFC please watch one of our videos:

    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 Our Graduate Scheme

    STFC graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills and technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. Our graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

    About The Role

    We are looking for graduates to support the development of new software in the ISIS Instrument Division. 

    The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source ( is a world-leading centre for research in the physical & life sciences.  It supports a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology.  It is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

    Summary of Key Duties

    We need graduates to support us in the development of new software and systems for:

    • managing our user and experiment programme ( mainly web development)

    • controlling equipment critical to experiments including GUIs, automation and low level device control.

    As part of a team you will be involved in all stages of the software development life cycle from requirements capture through modelling, coding, testing, deployment and running high quality production services.  You will get to work in a range of teams and projects including Agile/Scrum and DevOps teams.  You will be given real responsibility & ownership. 


    You will be expected to:

    • communicate and work with fellow software engineers, customers, scientists, engineers and management including writing documentation for technical and non-technical users

    • design solutions making use of appropriate techniques and tools

    • write clear, well-structured code that implements the design and is easy to maintain

    • test and deploy your solutions, including helping to provide support after release

    • take an active role in both technical and non-technical meetings

    • participate in the wider department and STFC graduate training programme.

    Once you are settled in, you will also be expected to:

    • lead work packages and projects through to completion

    • help colleagues with less experience get up to speed

    • supervise/mentor junior colleagues.

    Training will be provided as necessary. In addition to a full induction and “on the job” training, you will have the opportunity to subscribe to professional online tutorial sites, attend conferences, attend technical courses, undertake various soft skills training and take part in our organisation-wide Early Careers conference, where you can network with other graduates and colleagues at the start of their career.

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience

    As a starting point we expect you to have:

    • a strong academic background and be on track to gain a First or 2:1 in computer science, software engineering or any other scientific/engineering degree

    • experience of developing software with significant exposure to object oriented programming and with a good knowledge of development tools

    • a professional approach with a “can do” attitude.

    We also expect you to be able to:

    • work with others on projects and solve problems of varying complexity together

    • approach your work positively, with an open mind and be organised

    • demonstrate a systematic and analytical approach to problem solving

    • write and speak clearly in a way that is suitable for your audience

    • take initiative and work effectively with limited supervision at times.

    If you have the experience, knowledge, and skills that we are looking for then we want to hear from you.

    Please see Job Requirements for our shortlisting criteria. Please note that in addition to uploading your CV and a cover letter you should complete and upload an application form

    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.

    Skills required:


    Flexible Hours
    Letter of Recommendation
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