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ISIS Graduate Software Engineer - STFC

Early Careers
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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It is owned and operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. ISIS produces beams of neutrons and muons to study materials at the atomic level using a modern suite of neutron and muon instrumentation. It supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering, and biology. Computing lies at the heart of many ISIS activities, from user office management, experiment planning, data acquisition through to data analysis and management.

In order to control and gather data from the ISIS experiments a suite of software and associated systems is developed and maintained by staff in the Experiment Controls Group. The data acquired is collated from a number of distributed systems using various communications protocols, and co-ordinated by IBEX, our next generation of instrument control software. The IBEX project uses the open source EPICS (Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System) and Eclipse/RCP frameworks. Development is carried out in a number of programming languages including: Java, Python, and C++.  

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

The position will be as a full member of a software development team. You will be responsible for developing and supporting new drivers for use with the hardware that controls and monitors experiments, for example temperature and motion controllers. You will also be involved in developing and maintaining the user interfaces. 

IBEX and other software projects employ Agile software development methodologies, you will be involved in all aspects of the process.


  • Communicate and work with fellow software engineers, 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

As you develop in the role you will be expected to:

  • Lead work packages and projects through to completion
  • Supervise and 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, undertake various soft skills training and take part in our organisation-wide Early Careers conference, where you can network with other graduates and colleagues at the start of their career.


  • You will occasionally be required to work in a radiation controlled area.
  • You will be required to provide out of hours on-call support as part of the support team.

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:    

  • You should have, or be currently studying for, a degree in a computer science, software engineering or a scientific/engineering related discipline combined with significant exposure to software development.
  • Complete the online programming test 
  • Experience of object oriented software development, in Java, C#, C++, Python or similar
  • Good communication skills 
  • Demonstrate good verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities 
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical 
  • Ability to work in a radiation controlled area and take part in on-call support 

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) 
  • Knowledge of  software development tools, methodologies and best practices 
  • Good knowledge of software design patterns and techniques 

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.

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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.

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