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Research Software Engineer, Accelerated Discovery

Hampshire, UK
Closing date
29 Jul 2022
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IBM Research Scientists are charting the future of Artificial Intelligence, creating breakthroughs in quantum computing, discovering how blockchain will reshape the enterprise, and much more. Join a team that is dedicated to applying science to some of today’s most complex challenges, whether it’s discovering a new way for doctors to help patients, teaming with environmentalists to clean up our waterways or enabling retailers to personalize customer service.

Your Role and Responsibilities

The work location for this role is either Daresbury Labs or Hursley Labs for a minimum of 2 days a week.

An Accelerated Discovery Software Engineer collaborates with other engineers, scientists, and other team members to design, code, test, document, and support industry-leading solutions that make scientific discovery faster. Applicants should have prior experience with or be able to master the tools and techniques for building, deploying, operating, and supporting large scale hybrid cloud platforms, services, and applications, based on Kubernetes. Particular challenges include optimizing demanding workloads with large, distributed data sets, heterogeneous computation platforms, and operational requirements for industry, as well as regulated data on public and private infrastructure.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with other team members to refine product roadmaps, including specific features and release plans.
  • Work closely with other team members to refine platform architecture and design, as well as the DevOps processes used to create, deploy, and manage software.
  • Work with minimal supervision and sometimes work collaboratively with other team members to deliver high-quality work in an efficient manner.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • BS/BA degree in a technical field, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in a professional software engineering role using one or more programming language ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task in a fast paced, changing, and agile development environment to meet deadlines.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

Any of the following additional skills are highly desirable.

  • Experience developing software with Python, Go, or JavaScript/TypeScript and their ecosystems of tools and libraries.
  • Experience with cloud-native environments, such as AWS (S3, lambda, CloudTrails, etc) or other cloud vendors.
  • Experience with Kubernetes.
  • Experience with DevOps in a Software as a Service (SaaS) environment.
  • Experience in a data science or data engineering environment.
  • Experience with AI/ML, Quantum Computing, or High Performance Computing (HPC).
  • Experience in scientific research or software engineering for research.


IBM profile imageIBM is a large technology, business and consulting firm. IBM has a diverse and global team of thinkers and doers – people who want to make an impact, cultivate their expertise, and collaborate with some of the world’s top business and technology professionals.

Why work for us
We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason, and science, we can improve business, society, and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.

Since our first lab opened in 1945, we’ve authored more than 110 000 research publications. Our researchers have won six Nobel prizes, six Turing Awards, and IBM has been granted more than 150 000 patents.

If you want to help change the world, thrive in an open and inclusive environment, and grow your career, explore our opportunities today.

Training and development
Training and development programmes help employees learn and acquire new skills, as well as gain the professional knowledge required to progress their careers. At IBM, you have access to a programme called Your Learning. This is a personalized learning platform that helps you to stay agile and successful by helping every employee learn what they need to know to succeed and thrive. Using Your Learning, employees are encouraged to engage in self-initiated learning programme of at least 40 hours of professional development each year.

Graduate schemes
At IBM, we offer various consulting, technology, and design graduate roles to kick-start your career in the industry. You’ll work on real projects, with real clients, all while being supported to gain as much as possible from the experience.

You join with a group of other graduates on induction to give you the best possible start to your career journey, as well as being assigned a personal development manager to support you from day one and beyond.

What we are looking for
Are you hungry to learn with a dream to expand your knowledge and improve your skills? Do you have a growth mindset? Are you passionate about technology and interested in the way technology is changing how the world works? Are you happy to spend time away from home, working at client offices across the UK (and possibly further afield), and on track for a 2.1 in your degree in any discipline? If so, we’d love to hear from you!


Number of employees

Main areas of research
At IBM Research, we infuse scientific thinking into everything we do, and we’re utilizing accelerated discovery to uncover breakthroughs that will affect daily life, industry innovation, and government policymaking. We’re inventing what’s next in AI, quantum computing, and hybrid cloud to shape the world ahead

Desired degree disciplines/class
We do not require a degree or higher education background in technology, however we do require a 2.1 or above at degree level

How to apply

Closing date
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North Harbour
O6 3AU
United Kingdom
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