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Software Engineer – Web Development Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Computing is essential to the science that STFC supports. We have placement opportunities for enthusiastic software developers to join the ISIS Computing group. These placements are in our teams that develop and maintain outstanding web-based software which support scientists’ access to large scientific facilities across STFC’s National Laboratories. Other teams in the group deliver IT services and infrastructure. 

We are based in STFC’s neutron and muon department, ISIS. ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. Software lies at the heart of many ISIS activities. 

We choose the best technologies we can to develop software that meets the latest needs of our customers who are world-leading scientists and engineers. 

This year we have the opportunity for three Industrial Placement students to join our growing teams to help develop business software used by the ISIS and other large scientific facilities across STFC’s National Laboratories. You will benefit from working on software used across many departments but also, by being embedded in a scientific department and being close to the action! 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities 

As part of a team, you will be involved in all stages of the software development life-cycle, from gathering requirements through modelling, coding, testing, and deployment. This will give first-hand experience of developing a product from conception through to maintenance using Agile and DevOps techniques. Your time with us will enable you to work on various software solutions that meet the evolving needs of our internal and external users. 

In your team, There will be an encouraging environment with exposure to advanced programming methods in the real-world. 

Training will be provided as needed. In addition to a full induction and “on the job” training, you will have opportunity to subscribe to professional online tutorial sites, attend conferences, undertake various soft skills training, and take part in our organisation-wide events where you can network with other students and graduates. 

During your placement you will be encouraged to: 

  • Communicate and work with fellow software engineers within the team daily 
  • Interact with users, scientists and management to understand their requirements and translate these into a specification  
  • Design software solutions making use of various modeling techniques such as UML and mock-ups  
  • Write clear, well-structured (mostly object oriented) code that implements the design and is easy to maintain  
  • Write unit, integration and front-end tests following team practices  
  • Take an active role in meetings including team meetings and code reviews  
  • Responsible for ensuring your code passes all existing tests and new tests and that it deploys without errors to our test server  
  • Deploy software solutions to production using our continuous integration server  
  • Write documentation for technical and non-technical users  
  • Support our users in using existing and new systems (2nd and 3rd line support)  
  • Use a variety of tools and technologies to develop software (e.g. GitHub, Jenkins, IDEs such as IntelliJ IDEA, NetBeans and Visual 
  • Studio, Oracle and SQL Server databases, application/web servers such as Payara and IIS, various languages including Java, Java EE, Spring, C#, web services - SOAP and RESTful- ASP.NET, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript libraries)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

This placement will give you the opportunity to put into practice the things you have experienced at university and give you brand-new skills and exposure to enterprise technologies perhaps not learned at university. 

As a starting point we expect you to have: 

  • A strong academic background with very good module grades at university so far  
  • A good understanding and experience of programming in Java, C# or similar language  
  • Knowledge of relational database theory and SQL  
  • An awareness of software engineering principles and standards including testing

We also expect you to be able to: 

  • Work with others on projects and resolve problems of varying complexity together  
  • Approach your work positively, with an open mind and be organised  
  • Write and speak clearly in a way that is suitable for your audience 
  • Be proactive and work effectively with limited supervision at times

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  
  • A-levels or equivalent qualifications or experience  
  • Studying for a degree in computer science, software engineering or any other degree with a strong element of computer programming  
  • Experience of object oriented software development in Java, C# or a similar language  
  • Knowledge of relational database design and SQL and different types of software testing  
  • Good communication skills  
  • Ability to give an example of good team working capabilities and be open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to you  
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical  
  • Good organisational skills  
  • Excellent problem solving skills  
  • Ability to take initiative and to work effectively with limited supervision at times  


  • Interest in User Experience (UX) 
  • Knowledge of database environments such as MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server  
  • Knowledge of modelling and design tools such as UML  
  • Knowledge of web services and XML/JSON 

Experience does not have to be paid experience. For example, it could be some project you have done as part of a university module, a personal project or an open-source/volunteer project you have contributed to.

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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