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Software Developer for Linux Based Engineering Systems Industrial Placement - STFC

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210000UT Requisition #

Science and Technology Facilities Council

The UKRI Microelectronics Centre based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a specialist Centre dedicated to stimulating and supporting the use of sophisticated microelectronics design flows within our large international customer base of more than 650 European Universities and Research Establishments. 

We have an opportunity for an industrial placement student to join a small team of highly qualified microelectronics engineers who will contribute to one of our projects while we will provide real-world experience! 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

This fast paced role using DevOps principles is a fusion of system architecture and software development, which will provide wide experience of the development and configuration of systems. Focusing especially on automated processes, the placement student will build custom solutions for a challenging range of system configurations. 

You will develop configuration management code for systems that automate the deployment of virtual machines that include pre-configured installations of complex engineering CAD software. For cloud-based deployment, this will also include customisation and configuration of virtual private clouds, elastic IPs and mass deployment of multiple machine instances. 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • 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  
  • Studying relevant degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or similar with degree content relevant to the vacancy 
  • Good user knowledge of Linux computing 
  • Proven programming ability especially in languages suited to scripting
  • Demonstrate a logical approach to software debugging and general problem solving
  • Good understanding of the principles of virtualisation and virtualisation technologies
  • Clear, comprehensive, credible and coherent application, highlighting relevant skills and demonstrating good written skills (in English) 
  • A conscientious, reliable and hardworking approach with good team working capabilities and excellent verbal communication skills (in English)


  • Understanding of the principles behind Linux operating systems and their administration
  • Experience of cloud computing and/or AWS configuration scripting language 
  • Appreciation of the concepts and benefits of containerisation e.g. Docker, Kubernetes etc
  • Experience of using virtual machine systems e.g. Hyper V, VMware etc

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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