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Software Developer – ISIS Experiment Controls Group Industrial Placement - STFC

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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.  

In order to control and capture data from the ISIS experiments a suite of software and associated systems is developed and maintained by staff in the Experiment Control Group. Our in-house instrument control software is called IBEX, and is responsible for the control and monitoring of experiment conditions (such as temperature, magnetic fields, beamline alignment), as well as co-ordinating the collection and collation of experiment data from a variety of sources. 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 new drivers for use with the hardware that controls experiments and related support activities at ISIS. You will also be involved in developing and maintaining the user interfaces.  

IBEX and other projects are developed using an Agile methodology, and you will have the opportunity to get involved all aspect of the process!  

You will be responsible for full life-cycle development from specification, which will involve interacting with the customer, through simulation and programming to testing and deployment of software solutions for various items of hardware used to control the conditions of experiments at ISIS.  

The placement will involve interaction with scientists and engineers within ISIS as well as with other members of the team.  

Some of the work may require you working with systems that can sustain extreme temperatures and produce strong magnetic fields. There is also the chance to interact with automated motion systems and international collaborators! 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  

Essential:  

  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry 
  • Right to live and work in the UK  
  • Ability to occasionally work in a radiation controlled area  
  • Studying computer science, software engineering or an IT related subject area combined with significant exposure to software development.  
  • Excellent knowledge of modern programming languages such as Java, C++, C# or Python  
  • Knowledge of OOP paradigm  
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrable good team working capabilities  
  • A desire to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical  
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them 

Desirable: 

  • Good knowledge of standard methodologies in programming, software design patterns and techniques  
  • Good knowledge of agile development methodologies  
  • Familiarity with version control systems e.g. Git

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 https://stfc.ukri.org/ 

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/ 

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 www.ukri.org.  

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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