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Graduate Software Engineer

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210000VO Requisition #


Science and Technology Facilities Council


The Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA), within STFC’s RAL Space Department, serves the environmental science community hosting data centres providing access to datasets ranging from computer simulations of future climate to the latest satellite-based observations of the earth. We are involved in a number of collaborative projects working with organisations, including the Met Office, European Space Agency, and NASA, developing software and systems to facilitate access to, and analysis of, environmental data. Our data and computing services are hosted on JASMIN, incorporating cloud and High Performance Computing technologies, a world-class 55 petabyte parallel processing and storage facility! Each year we support over 55 million data accesses through our download services and 4.5 million hours of computation on the JASMIN batch-compute cluster!

Researchers rely on CEDA services to investigate pressing issues such as climate change, extreme weather events, air pollution, and many other topics. Working on the STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site, you will be close to other exciting facilities with passionate staff and graduates who are happy to talk about their work. There are weekly presentations by staff across the site and guest lectures on diverse topics.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities 

We now have an opportunity for Software Developers to join STFC’s award winning graduate scheme, building a state-of-the-art scientific data platform for climate, atmospheric and earth observation scientists. 

  • Our graduates work on developing and supporting services for the global scientific community such as:
  • Development of web applications and services for data discovery and access. e.g. cataloguing tools to enable searching and browsing of detailed scientific metadata
  • Supporting the scientific user community in the development of services for processing and analysing scientific datasets, exploiting tools and technologies for parallelisation and cluster computing.
  • Development and maintenance of the JASMIN cloud platform and systems supporting the CEDA data centres.
  • Working as part of international collaborations to architect and build software solutions to increase usage of scientific data (e.g. Earth System Grid Federation)

Using Mac OSX and Windows desktop environments, we develop for a Linux based server environment. Candidates will work developing software predominantly in the Python programming language, integrating with Python and Java web applications. For some projects, we employ Java, JavaScript, C and Bash. Software is deployed using deployment-as-code (Ansible playbooks) to traditional virtual machines or using automated deployments and GitOps with container technology (Docker) to our private cloud.

Working closely with research organisations, we are often exploring cutting edge technologies and standards and foster an exploratory environment where our staff are encouraged to find new solutions to existing problems.

We use a wide variety of tools and technologies, from web technologies to data processing tools. These are constantly changing with the needs of the community and the advancement of computing. Exposure to some of these things is helpful but not essential - full training provided. You should have a desire to learn and a willingness to try new things in an encouraging environment.

Web: Django, Nginx, Bootstrap, ReactJS.

Databases: SQL (PostgreSQL) and noSQL (Elasticsearch)

Packaging/deployment: Python Pip and virtualenv, RPM, Conda, Docker, Ansible.

Version control, CI/CD: Git, GitHub Actions, GitLab CI.

Virtualisation/cloud: OpenStack, object store technologies (S3), container orchestration technologies (Helm, Kubernetes).

Data: cf-python, Xarray, Iris, Matplotlib, NetCDF4, R, CDO, NCO, Pandas. 


In order to apply for the role you must:


  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Integrated Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2020, 2021 or be due to receive it in 2022 
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above 
  • The right to live and work in the UK 
  • A degree in Computer Science or Engineering, or another scientific field with a strong mathematical component.


  • Any exposure to meteorology, climate science, Earth sciences, Earth observation or scientific computing.
  • Any amount of knowledge or experience with:

- Robust software engineering methodologies including test- driven development, code review and continuous integration.

-  Programming in Python or Java.

-  Developing software for Linux.

-  Containerisation with, e.g. Docker.

-  Continuous Integration/Deployment and GitOps (using automated testing and deployment tools with version control).

  • You should display excellent problem solving and analytic skills, with the ability to contribute these skills to a team. You should be highly motivated to develop and maintain operational information systems focused on responding to the needs of users.


About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit 

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

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Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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