Research Software Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£39748 - £44166 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2022

Job Details

Salary: B and E £39,748 per annum, pro-rata for part time. A Specialist Allowance of up to £4,000 per annum is also available.
Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance
Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire. OR Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington
Contract Type: Open Ended
Closing Date for applications: Friday 2nd December 2022

We are seeking a Software Engineer to work at the Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC) Oxford campus within our Scientific Computing Department (SCD). Become part of a team within SCD's Distributed Computing Infrastructure Group developing and delivering a growing portfolio of services that underpin national and international distributed computing infrastructures such as the world's largest scientific digital research infrastructures! These infrastructures include the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG), the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) the EGI Federation and the IRIS community.

Examples of these services are:

  • An accounting system (APEL) that allows the daily resource usage of 1.8 million compute jobs daily across 825 sites to be accounted for and aggregated. A topology and resource information database (GOCDB) that provides an up-to-date and centralised view of infrastructures allowing 700 sites across 70 countries to handle their own infrastructure data at any time. An identity proxy service (IRIS IAM) which enables users to access an infrastructure sing multiple different credentials and provides partners with a centralised authorisation platform.

Your duties will include:

  • Ownership and delivery of large-scale software and infrastructure-as-code features, as well as extending and maintaining features, across the entire Software Development Process
  • Working with team members to provide 2nd level technical support to investigate and resolve issues
  • Collaborating closely with partners around the world as well as collecting new software requirements
  • Represent the team, SCD and STFC by participating in project meetings as a technical expert

Essential Skills Required:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills
  • Expertise and experience in software development using Python, PHP, Java, or similar languages
  • Knowledge and experience of software engineering methodologies and tools, (i.e. Issue tracking, Continuous Integration, User Interface frameworks, etc)
  • Ability to work in a collaborative development environment (i.e. Code Review, Coding styles, etc)
  • Degree in a scientific or computing field or proven experience

About us
STFC is part of UKRI, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We are one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations and the expertise of our computing staff is key to making our research happen. Consequently, we are committed to developing our staff, and training will be provided in relevant areas. We work to drive advances in computing that have genuine real-world applications. Whether it is the search for the Higgs Boson and dark matter, analysing climate data or genomics, our systems solve the biggest and most adventurous problems in scientific computing. SCD develops ground-breaking software, computer and data storage infrastructures, to support the work of outstanding science both within STFC and internationally.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustment to participate in the job application or interview process.

What we can offer you
STFC provides access to a whole host of attractive benefits including:

  • An outstanding index linked pension scheme,30 days leave (pro-rata) plus 10 public holidays, Christmas shut down Flexible/Hybrid working patterns and part-time arrangements.
  • An onsite subsidised nursery
  • Access to employee shopping/travel discounts
  • Salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.
  • Social and sporting activities and societies



STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

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