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Graduate Software Engineer

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210000SZ Requisition #


Science and Technology Facilities Council


RAL Space carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We have significant involvement in over 200 space missions and are at the forefront of UK Space Research! 

The Imaging Systems Division Production and Software Group within RAL Space is responsible for the design, development and testing of software for scientific payloads destined for space and ground-based space instrumentation. We build electronic systems for spaceflight and hence quality is paramount in our work.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Graduate will work with one of our software engineers on one of our many software development projects.

  • Design and code embedded software
  • Design and code PC-based software for ground-based instrument control software and to control hardware designed by the Electronics Group
  • Participation in design/code reviews
  • Test of software modules and systems
  • Write specifications, test plans, test reports, other documentation as the need arises
  • Report to senior project staff on progress.
  • Work within the group’s software quality management system and development methodology
  • Interact with customers and suppliers 

In order to apply for this role you must have: 


  • Obtained first degree bachelors or 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 
  • Knowledge and use of the C/C++ language 
  • Knowledge of a software development methodology (e.g. TDD, waterfall, agile) 
  • Practical testing experience (e.g. software debugging) 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Able to work in a team 


  • Knowledge of quality standards (e.g. ISO9001:2015)
  • Experience of Python 
  • Knowledge of unit testing 
  • Knowledge of Software modelling e.g. UML
  • Knowledge of hardware communication protocols (e.g. SPI, I2C ) 
  • Knowledge of Electronic Components 
  • National Instruments LabVIEW programming 
  • Object-oriented programming 

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 

You can also visit our careers site 

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. 

More information can be found at  

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

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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