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Graduate Software Engineer - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

Software is an essential part of all science at ISIS. The ISIS computing division provides all of the software needs for scientists. In particular the User Programme Software group provides the systems for proposal management, scheduling and other business critical systems. The ISIS computing division is a growing area and plays a crucial role in supporting the ISIS facility.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

We need graduates to support us in the development of new software and systems for managing our user and experiment programme (primarily web development). 

As part of a team you will be involved in all stages of the software development lifecycle, from requirements capture through design, coding, testing, deployment and running high quality production services. You will get to work in a range of teams and projects using Agile/Scrum methodologies. You will be given real responsibility and ownership in a supportive environment. 

You will be expected to: 

  • Communicate and work with fellow software engineers as well as 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 and undertake various soft skills training. 

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our roles are filled.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2019, 2020 or be due to receive it in 2021
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

Essential Criteria:  

  • 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 proactive approach to finding solutions. 
  • Experience of object-oriented software development in Java, C#, C++, Python or similar. 

Desirable Criteria:

  • A membership of an appropriate professional institution and degree that meets educational requirements for chartered status with appropriate professional institution 
  • A Minimum of three A-levels at grade C or above (or equivalent e.g. BTEC/international examinations) 
  • 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. 
  • Knowledge of software development tools, methodologies and best practices 
  • Knowledge of relational database design and SQL 
  • Experience in software development on both Windows and UNIX platforms 

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes 

  • Good communication skills and the ability to influence people at all levels 
  • Good verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work well in a team 
  • Demonstrate good problem solving abilities


The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, 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.

One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking 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 https://stfc.ukri.org/

How to Apply

Online applications only for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for STFC and the role you’re applying for. 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 your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

About UKRI

UK Research and Innovation brings together nine organisations 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 www.ukri.org.

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